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Ricky Gervais on 'Derek': 'Karl Pilkington similar to his character'

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Ricky Gervais has teased details of Karl Pilkington's part in upcoming comedy pilot Derek.

Speaking to TV & Satellite Week, the comedian said that Pilkington stuck closely to Gervais's stage directions in playing retirement home boss Dougie.

Ricky Gervais's Derek Noakes teaser via Twitter

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Karl Pilkington - The An Idiot Abroad star is 39 on Friday.

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The Office star explained: "I knew if he did what I said, it would be great. He plays Dougie, an underachiever. The part was written for him and some of Dougie's lines are things Karl could well have said."

Meanwhile, Gervais also spoke about Pilkington's commitment to The Short Way Round, the spinoff to Sky's An Idiot Abroad which will also star Warwick Davis.

"When I told him that idea he didn't say, 'That's ridiculous', he said, 'So I'm doing all the pedalling'. That was his first problem with the idea," the 50-year-old laughed.

Watch Warwick Davis speaking to Digital Spy about The Short Way Round below:

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