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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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 David Brent (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
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 Tim Canterbury (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
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 Gareth Keenan (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
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 Dawn Tinsley (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
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 Keith (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
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 Ben (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
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 Jamie (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
Jane Lucas ...
 Sheila (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
Emma Manton ...
 Emma (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
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 Ralph (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
Philip Pickard ...
 Phillip / ... (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
Joel Beckett ...
 Lee (13 episodes, 2001-2003)
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 Neil Godwin (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
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 Brenda (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Rachel Isaac ...
 Trudy (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Howard Saddler ...
 Oliver (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Stirling Gallacher ...
 Jennifer Taylor-Clark (7 episodes, 2001-2003)
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 Chris 'Finchy' Finch / ... (7 episodes, 2001-2003)
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 Ricky Howard / ... (6 episodes, 2001)
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 Rachel (6 episodes, 2002)
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 Malcolm (6 episodes, 2001)
Angela Clerkin ...
 Jackie (6 episodes, 2001)
Patrick Driver ...
 Patrick (6 episodes, 2002)
Tony MacMurray ...
 Tony (6 episodes, 2002)
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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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The cleaner who always stands motionless and looks directly at the camera is creator/director Stephen Merchant's father Ron Merchant. See more »

Quotes

David Brent: Let's agree to disagree.
Neil Godwin: No. Let's agree that you agree with me.
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Featured in De wereld draait door: Episode #4.33 (2008) See more »

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Handbags and Gladrags
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absolutely hysterical
17 June 2004 | by (montreal) – See all my reviews

Gervais and Merchant have crafted a hysterical, ridiculous, and absolutely poignant world in their show The Office. The show follows the embarrassingly pathetic David Brent, the regional manager of a paper company. The office itself is the picture of tediousness. The employees slave away mechanically, it is so painfully tedious that the office itself becomes a hysterical character within each episode. Brent is the pinnacle of horrid bosses; completely inappropriate, lacking in tact and backbone, who yearns to be the fun loving popular boss, and fails with a train-wreck like horridness. I'll give it to Ricky Gervais, the guy is a genius. His subtlety has hints of Peter Sellers. It seems that only the brits can pull off this kind of comedy. The cast that supports Gervais is fantastic, each subplot works so well and the characters are all so subtly developed that you're rivited by the mundane life these characters lead from 9 to 5. I'm not surprised that once The Office won awards, the Americans decided to jump on the bandwagon and started to make a US version. Happily it tanked completely. You must rent the DVD's of both seasons. For any fan of that wry Brit humor, The Office is a must have in your DVD collection.


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