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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3
Release Date:
23 January 2003 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary »
Awards:
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 21 wins & 16 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Cringeworthy genius See more (166 total) »

Cast

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Ricky Gervais ... David Brent (14 episodes, 2001-2003)

Martin Freeman ... Tim Canterbury (14 episodes, 2001-2003)

Mackenzie Crook ... Gareth Keenan (14 episodes, 2001-2003)

Lucy Davis ... Dawn Tinsley (14 episodes, 2001-2003)

Ewen MacIntosh ... 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)

Alexander Perkins ... Ralph (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
Philip Pickard ... Phillip / ... (14 episodes, 2001-2003)

Joel Beckett ... Lee (13 episodes, 2001-2003)

Patrick Baladi ... Neil Godwin (8 episodes, 2002-2003)

Julie Fernandez ... 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)

Ralph Ineson ... Chris 'Finchy' Finch / ... (7 episodes, 2001-2003)

Oliver Chris ... Ricky Howard / ... (6 episodes, 2001)

Stacey Roca ... Rachel (6 episodes, 2002)
Robin Hooper ... 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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Series Directed by
Ricky Gervais (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
Stephen Merchant (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
 
Series Writing credits
Ricky Gervais (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
Stephen Merchant (14 episodes, 2001-2003)

Series Produced by
Ash Atalla .... producer (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
Anil Gupta .... executive producer (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
Jon Plowman .... executive producer (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
 
Series Cinematography by
Andy Hollis (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
 
Series Film Editing by
Nigel Williams (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
 
Series Casting by
Rachel Freck (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
Tracey Gillham (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Jo Buckingham (2 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Production Design by
Julie Harris (12 episodes, 2001-2002)
 
Series Art Direction by
Alexandra Merchant (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Jane Fredericks (6 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Costume Design by
Sarah Higbid (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
 
Series Makeup Department
Lucy Cain .... makeup designer (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
Kate Roberts .... makeup artist (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Val Akrill .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Production Management
Gail Evans .... production manager (6 episodes, 2001)
Jane Sprague .... production manager (6 episodes, 2002)
Ian Locker .... assistant production manager (3 episodes, 2002-2003)
Paul Williams .... production manager (3 episodes, 2002-2003)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rob Smith .... second assistant director (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
Steve Roberts .... first assistant director (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Jo Randall .... first assistant director (6 episodes, 2001)
Zac Thraves .... third assistant director (6 episodes, 2001)
Kieran Baine .... third assistant director (2 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Art Department
Bryan Corbett .... construction foreman (12 episodes, 2001-2002)
Douglas Abrahamson .... assistant property master (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Matt Wyles .... property master (6 episodes, 2001)
Simon Blackmore .... property master (6 episodes, 2002)
Charlie Sammons .... production buyer (2 episodes, 2003)
Jo Vinton .... property master (2 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Sound Department
Mark Found .... sound recordist (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
James Judge .... boom operator (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
Glenn Calder .... dubbing mixer (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Katie Harris .... sound assistant / boom operator (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Andrew Sears .... dubbing mixer (6 episodes, 2001)
Julian Bale .... sound assistant (4 episodes, 2002)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Matt Holland .... compositor (1 episode, 2001)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Robinson .... assistant camera (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Drew Seymour .... camera operator (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Paul Barlow .... gaffer (6 episodes, 2001)
Rupert Burton .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 2001)
Richard Farish .... camera operator (6 episodes, 2001)
Conor Connolly .... camera operator (5 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Casting Department
Siobhan Bachman .... casting assistant (6 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rose Goodheart .... wardrobe supervisor (12 episodes, 2001-2002)
Tabitha Doyle .... wardrobe supervisor / wardrobe assistant (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Emily Wilson .... dresser (2 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Editorial Department
Trevor Brown .... colorist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Big George .... music arranger: title music (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
 
Series Other crew
Sarah Hitchcock .... production executive (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
Emma John .... script supervisor (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Caroline Gardener .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 2001)
Linda Hearn .... location coordinator / production coordinator (6 episodes, 2001)
Tracyjane Read .... location manager (6 episodes, 2001)
Debbie Somerville .... production finance associate / programme finance associate (6 episodes, 2001)
Jackie Byrne .... production finance associate (6 episodes, 2002)
Lucy Fewell .... runner (6 episodes, 2002)
Sarah Rose .... production coordinator (6 episodes, 2002)
Tony Boucher .... location manager (5 episodes, 2002)
Grace Boylan .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 2003)
Kelley James .... finance associate (2 episodes, 2003)
Alison Marlow .... runner (2 episodes, 2003)
Scott Sidey .... location manager (2 episodes, 2003)
 

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Runtime:
29 min (12 episodes) | 44 min (1 episode) | 52 min (1 episode)
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
David Brent:Let's agree to disagree.
Neil Godwin:No. Let's agree that you agree with me.
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Soundtrack:
Handbags and GladragsSee more »

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74 out of 114 people found the following review useful.
Cringeworthy genius, 15 May 2004
Author: Shawn Watson (gator_macready@yahoo.com) from The Underverse

Set in the bleak, awfully-named industrial town of Slough and the fictional office of the Wernam-Hogg paper merchants, a BBC film crew documents the expressionless workers, ringing phones, copiers churning out clone after clone after clone, pointless meetings and pointless bureaucracy that exist within typical, uninspiring companies.

Sadly, the majority of people in Britain work in dull, dead-end office jobs with lives that go nowhere and even the most meager of ambitions going unrealized. Maybe if they had a boss like David Brent their day would be livened up. Not because he's the 'boss/entertainer' he thinks he is, but for the morbid curiosity of watching a desperate, delusional and detestable man slowly crash and burn.

The majority of laughs in The Office come from awkward and embarrassing situations. Brent constantly forces his bullheaded and bawdy humor on unwitting staff. At first they appear scared of his ruthlessly imposing presence but towards the end they all ignore him completely. But he never realizes this and resorts to even more tasteless ways of getting attention. He loves the camera and rather than acting 'normal' for the purposes of the mockumentary he exaggerates his beastly character to the point of being sickening. He gets what he deserves in the end and by this point the audience has lost all sympathy for him.

His brutalized and beleaguered staff struggle to get on with their work as Brent's tyranny escalates. Among them we have Tim, an increasingly unhappy man who wishes to escape the monotony and drudgery 'ordinary life' brings him. He's long had the confidence crushed out of him but still has more humanity than anyone else.

Gareth is Tim's worst enemy. A dorky, 95 pound weakling who boasts of being in the (territorial) Army and is keen to assume more and more power from Brent's failing management. Like Brent, he has no clue about social interaction and behaves strangely among potential friends.

Dawn is the receptionist. She is engaged to a controlling, unloving boyfriend who insists she spend her life doing dull work despite the fact that she has higher and happier dreams. She has feelings for Tim, and they are more than mutual. But fear of change and happiness stops her from falling for him.

As soon as once branch of Wernam-Hogg incorporates the other it becomes clear how useless Brent is. The new staff are amazed at how such a horrid man has been employed at all, never mind become a boss. Complaints and unfinished work rise and the upper management are forced to take action. Sadly, Brent just won't learn.

In the end, his staff have the slightest chance at happiness and escape. Brent however doesn't learn from his mistakes and will probably go on to have an endlessly miserable life.

If you work in an office, get out! Among the blackest of humor there is a message; office life is fit for no human being. And Ricky Gervais' dark comedy is filled with thousands of examples of why this is so. It's absolutely classic stuff that is far ahead of dozens of canned laughter sitcoms.

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