Three New After Life-Inspired Benches Have Been Installed In London, For A Very Good Cause

Three New After Life-Inspired Benches Have Been Installed In London, For A Very Good Cause
Image: After Life X CALM

Three new benches have been installed around London, inspired by hit Ricky Gervais TV show After Life, and encouraging people to seek help if they're struggling.

Hampstead Heath, Highgate Wood and Queen's Park* each have one of the new benches, donated by Netflix and installed in association with suicide prevention charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).

Each of the pews has a unique QR code offering access to resources from CALM, with the wording “Life can be tough, but there’s always hope. Campaign Against Living Miserably is by your side” etched onto it. They also feature a poignant quote from season three: "Hope is everything".

Photo: After Life X CALM

In the show, Gervais' character Tony is often shown sitting on a bench in a churchyard, grieving for his wife Lisa and talking to Anne, who is also grieving.

Gervais, who wrote and produced After Life as well as starring in it, said:

We hope the benches will create a lasting legacy for After Life, as well as become a place for people to visit, and we are thrilled to be associated with CALM and the great work they do.

In total, Netflix donated 25 of the benches to local authorities across the UK.

Oh, and you've if you're watching series three of After Life and don't like where it's heading, Netflix has a message for you (though be warned, following the instruction does contain a spoiler)

*We've enquired where exactly the benches are in each park and will let you know when we do

Last Updated 26 January 2022