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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 Jamie (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
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 Sheila (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
Emma Manton ...
 Emma (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
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 Ralph (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
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 Phillip / ... (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
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 Lee (13 episodes, 2001-2003)
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 Neil Godwin (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
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 Oliver (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
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 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)
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 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 series started as a small, home-made video by Stephen Merchant when he was trying to get a job at the BBC. He came up with the idea for making a documentary style format as it would be easier for him to film. He and his colleague Ricky Gervais came up with The Office (2001) idea and used a local University to film it. Upon seeing the short video the BBC requested that they make a series out of it. Many of the jokes from this original film are recycled during the Proper Series for example, David Brent's opening speech about making employee's dreams come true. See more »

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David Brent: They're malleable, and you know that's what I like really, you know. I don't like people who come here: 'Ooh, we did it this way, we did it that way'. I just wanna go do it this way. If you like. If you don't... Team playing-I call it team individuality, it's a new, it's like a management style. Again guilty, unorthodox, sue me.
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Referenced in Upstart Crow: The Quality of Mercy (2016) See more »

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Handbags and Gladrags
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Written by Mike d'Abo
Performed by Fin
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30 November 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

"The Office" is quite simply worth watching. I am tired of hearing people criticising it. It's not that it's not worthy of criticism, but the fact that those who label it as "overrated" and "falling short of expectations" have only ever seen one episode, or the Christmas Special, or 'The Dance'. It defies logic to make a judgment on a 14 episode programme on 2 feature-length episodes that merely act as a means of updating and rounding-off the series. I have yet to hear anyone make a solid argument as to why The Office fails in any way.

If you have not yet seen it, get Series 1 and 2 and settle down on a rainy afternoon ready to emerse and commit yourself. Forget the hype, put the dance scene that you've seen a million times out of your mind, and just watch each episode in order. Then make your own judgment. If you liked it, you will want to see the Christmas Specials; if you didn't, you won't.

Using a cast of unknown, yet perfectly chosen actors, The Office is a sharp, funny, painful, emotional and fabulous take on office life.


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