This week’s Big Issue cover star Ricky Gervais may have made a career out of making people laugh – but it’s hope that he’s bringing to Big Issue readers this week.
The Office star’s message for everyone struggling at home is simple: “hope is everything”.
Gervais’ uplifting outlook chimes with the second season of his hit show After Life, which is now streaming on Netflix.
Beset by grief at the loss of his wife, Ricky’s character Tony developed a devil-may-care attitude to say what he wants, a sort of pseudo-superpower. In the second season of the show, he harnesses that power for good and to help people.
Despite the challenges people are facing at the moment, that attitude has been in evidence across the country, with plenty of people, groups and charities clubbing together to help others.
And Ricky is keeping the faith as we wait for the coronavirus pandemic to pass.