Alongside Gervais, key cast include Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey), David Bradley (The Harry Potter series, Game of Thrones), Ashley Jensen (Extras), Tom Basden (Plebs, David Brent: Life On The Road), Tony Way (Edge of Tomorrow), David Earl (Cemetery Junction, Derek), Joe Wilkinson (Him and Her) and Kerry Godliman (Derek). Commenting Gervais said: “This cast combines the best of the new breed of great British comedy talent with some of the wonderful alumni of my previous shows.”
In After Life, Gervais plays Tony, a man with the perfect life. But after his wife Lisa suddenly dies, Tony changes. After contemplating taking his own life, he decides instead to punish the world by saying and doing whatever he likes from now on. He thinks it’s like a Super Power – not caring about himself or anyone else – but it turns out to be tricky when everyone is trying to save the guy they used to know.