It's his first television series in 4 years and After Life, which launches Friday on Netflix, might just be his best work to date, so it was only right that I caught up with him for a chat.
“I've always discussed taboo subjects, I've always tried to be honest, I've always championed freedom of speech.”
Ricky Gervais plays Tony, a man who loses his wife Lisa to cancer and contemplates taking his own life, having already lost the most important thing in his life, his wife.
Thankfully he doesn't, choosing to stay alive in order to can look after his dog and utilise his new found superpower - saying and doing whatever he wants. Not caring about who he hurts in the process. But it's tricky when everyone is trying to save the nice guy they used to know.