Ricky Gervais spotted filming new After Life series in Hemel shops

Ricky Gervais has been spotted filming the third season of After Life among shops in Hertfordshire today (Wednesday, June 2).

The writer and creator of the Office, Extras and Derek has been out filming in Hemel Hempstead’s Old Town this afternoon ahead of the brand new series.

The dark comedy-drama is created, written, produced and directed by Gervais who also stars as the main character Tony, a features editor at the fictional Tambury Gazette.

Filming for the third season had begun last month in Gadebridge Park with around a dozen tents being set up to build a funfair.

Gervais and co were seen out and about in Hemel today and used The House of Elliott as a location for some of its filming.

Ricky Gervais and Tony Way out filming the new series of AfterLife
Ricky Gervais and Tony Way out filming the new series of AfterLife
(Image: Michèle Elliott)

Gervais was seen wandering the streets alongside Game of Thrones actor Tony Way who plays Lenny, a photographer at the paper.

Michèle Elliott, who has owned The House of Elliott for over 18 years, shared some photos with HertsLive as she got up and close and personal with the show’s stars.

Her shop had been converted by the window dressers and transformed into an antiques shop.

“It was all very exciting to watch,” said Michèle.

“It’s certainly elevated the appeal of the Old Town in Hemel.”

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The Old Town has played a key part in the previous two seasons and provides the setting for the free local newspaper.

It follows Tony, a man whose life is turned upside down when his wife Lisa, played by Kerry Godliman, dies from cancer.

Tony says and does whatever he wants, and the show is adored for its powerful and relatable insight into dealing with grief and depression.

Ricky Gervais filming After Life in Hemel Hempstead on June 2, 2021
Ricky Gervais filming After Life in Hemel Hempstead on June 2, 2021
(Image: Michèle Elliott)

Other cast members involved in the last two seasons include Letchworth’s Mandeep Dhillon, Diane Morgan, Roisin Conaty, David Earl, Joe Wilkinson and Tom Basden, all of whom have appeared in Gervais’ previous creations.

After Life was renewed for a third season back in May last year and it’s the first time a fictional series created by Gervais has been extended beyond two seasons.

A policeman even got the chance to sneak in a quick selfie with Gervais while out on his patrols in Hemel a couple of weeks ago.

Police Community Support Officer from Dacorum Police shares a snap with Ricky Gervais
Police Community Support Officer from Dacorum Police shares a snap with Ricky Gervais
(Image: Dacorum Police)

Signs were also placed around the town at the beginning of last month to notify residents about the filming.

Chris Taylor, Group Manager for Strategic Planning and Regeneration, said the“The Council are very excited to have film crews back in Dacorum and to welcome the After Life crew back for their third series.

“Filming in the Borough has become increasingly popular due to its close proximity to London and the council encourages and supports this because of the economic and other benefits it brings.

“Filming also helps to raise the profile of Hemel Hempstead and surrounding areas.

“We look forward to welcoming some exciting productions over the coming weeks, months and years and seek to enable this wherever we can”.

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HertsLive – Hemel Hempstead