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A screenshot of a scene from the TV series 'After Life' featuring Ricky Gervais as Tony Johnson sat on a bench in a graveyard. To his left in the foreground is a dog, which Tony is looking at, and to the right is the gravestone of his wife, Lisa

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By Matt d'Ancona

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Twenty-one years since he transformed British television comedy with the first series of The Office, Ricky Gervais has just released the third and final season of After Life on Netflix – a streaming service that did not even exist when he performed his unbelievable dance as the Slough regional manager of Wernham Hogg, David Brent. 
 
It’s a series in which Gervais addresses his biggest and most simple theme yet: death and bereavement. His character, Tony Johnson, is a man wrecked by the loss of his wife Lisa (Kerry Godliman, seen in flashback videos), barely going through the motions of working as a reporter at the Tam