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The story of an office that faces closure when the company decides to downsize its branches. A documentary film crew follow staff and the manager Brent as they continue their daily lives.
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Series cast summary:
 David Brent (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
 Tim Canterbury (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
 Gareth Keenan (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
 Dawn Tinsley (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
 Keith (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
Ben Bradshaw ...
 Ben (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
Jamie Deeks ...
 Jamie (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
Jane Lucas ...
 Sheila (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
Emma Manton ...
 Emma (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
 Ralph (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
Philip Pickard ...
 Phillip / ... (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
Joel Beckett ...
 Lee (13 episodes, 2001-2003)
 Neil Godwin (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Brenda (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Trudy (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Howard Saddler ...
 Oliver (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Stirling Gallacher ...
 Jennifer Taylor-Clark (7 episodes, 2001-2003)
 Chris 'Finchy' Finch / ... (7 episodes, 2001-2003)
 Ricky Howard / ... (6 episodes, 2001)
 Rachel (6 episodes, 2002)
 Malcolm (6 episodes, 2001)
Angela Clerkin ...
 Jackie (6 episodes, 2001)
Patrick Driver ...
 Patrick (6 episodes, 2002)
Tony MacMurray ...
 Tony (6 episodes, 2002)


A mockumentary about life in a mid-sized suboffice paper merchants in a bleak British industrial town, where manager David Brent thinks he's the coolest, funniest, and most popular boss ever. He isn't. That doesn't stop him from embarrassing himself in front of the cameras on a regular basis, whether from his political sermonizing, his stand-up 'comedy', or his incredibly unique dancing. Meanwhile, long-suffering Tim longs after Dawn the engaged receptionist and keeps himself sane by playing childish practical jokes on his insufferable, army-obsessed deskmate Gareth. Will the Slough office be closed? Will the BBC give David a game show? Will Tim and Dawn end up with each other? And more importantly, will Gareth realize what a hopeless prat he is? Written by Scott

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Release Date:

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The Cat Stevens song "Sitting" was originally considered for the theme music. See more »


Tim: The people you work with are people you were just thrown together with. I mean, you don't know them, it wasn't your choice. And yet you spend more time with them than you do your friends or your family. But probably all you have in common is the fact that you walk around on the same bit of carpet for eight hours a day.
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Referenced in Top Gear: Episode #7.3 (2005) See more »


Handbags and Gladrags
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Written by Mike d'Abo
Performed by Fin
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The greatest programme ever
13 December 2004 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I wasn't go to write a comment on the programme The Office but after reading trpdean's comment, I had to. I'm not sure what office life is like in the states, but this is what office life is like in Britain.

The show is perfect, it is indeed a true and honest reflection on every day working life.

The Boss is played by an actor by the name of Ricky Gervais, you will cringe and laugh at the same time, you will love him and hate him at the same time. The way the programme takes him thru the 14 episodes is brilliant, George from Seinfeld gets nowhere near this guy.

Then there is Gareth, a wimpy nerd, who thinks he is a big army man, but he really is just a weed of a man, we have all known someone like him.

The heart and soul belongs to Tim and Dawn though, you will cry your eyes out through out the series because of their relationship that isn't one.

This programme deserves all the awards that it has won, I don't want give too much away, its best if you go into the show not knowning too much about it, and to trpdean, once again this is what office life is like in England.

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