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"The Office" (2001) More at IMDbPro »TV series 2001-2003

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The Office: Season 1: Episode 6 -- It's judgement day at Wernham Hogg: employee tension has reached boiling point, Tim is given a unique opportunity and the Slough branch is faced with closure. Despite this, David is as cheery (and offensive) as ever.
The Office: Season 1: Episode 5 -- Despite the orders to cut staff, David hires a pretty blonde secretary - because 'he needs one'. Meanwhile, Tim decides to leave Wernham Hogg to go back to school and Gareth's love life gets much more awkward.
The Office: Season 1: Episode 4 -- Staff training day at Wernham Hogg is going just as one would suspect: the trainer is undermined by David, Dawn and Lee get into a brutal fight and Gareth reveals a dirty secret. However, everything changes when David pulls out a guitar.
The Office: Season 1: Episode 2 -- When a fake naked photo of David makes its way around the office, work stops completely. Gareth interrogates the usual suspects while David shows yet another new employee around the office, despite Jennifer's hiring freeze.
The Office: :  -- US Home Video Trailer from Warner Bros.

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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 »
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Awards:
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 21 wins & 14 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The most funny, truthful and profound TV series for many a long year. See more (169 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 24 of 42)

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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30 min | 44 min (1 episode) | 52 min (1 episode) | 455 min
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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:
Gareth:We go there every Wednesday night, and it's a fun place, but it's full of loose women. My own problem with that is venereal disease, which is disabilitating right, especially for a soldier. And it's irresponsible to the rest of your unit as well, right. You've been under attack for days, there's a soldier down, he's wounded, gangrene's setting in, 'who's used all the penicillin?' 'Oh, Mark Paxon sir, he's got knobrot off some tart'See more »
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58 out of 75 people found the following review useful.
The most funny, truthful and profound TV series for many a long year., 27 May 2004
Author: Peter Hayes from United Kingdom

A TV crew move in to the Slough offices of paper wholesalers Vernom-Hogg to focus on how the ordinary British work place responds to change and business upheaval.

What a surprise this series was when it first came on the TV. Given that it was on BBC2 and not given much promotion you didn't expect much, but boy is this series good. Not only is there moments of absolute comic genius, but it is also very profound. Stand assured I have met all the characters on this show in real life - I have even worked alongside a few of them!

It is impossible to know what foreigners make of lead and star turn Ricky Gervais playing boss David Brent. Americans might not get the full satire of his off-centre and cliché bound management speak. Like another great British character Alf Garnett (of Till Death Us Do Part) he is not so much an invention as an acute observation of a particular type of crass over-promoted idiot that lurks among us. Incompetent and ludicrous, but full of the misplaced confidence that comes from never having to face a reality check. The office runs despite of him - not because of him.

If this was not comedy it would be considered the best portrayal of a man living under self-delusion ever put on film. His belief that he is incredibly popular and has the support of the full staff is clearly false and yet nothing can shake his beliefs. He is not blind but yet he cannot see. He is living in a land of fantasy and time-wasting - for example, inventing game shows instead of writing office reports!

Brent is a self-styled "chilled out comedian" that cracks rude or racist jokes to just the type of people that don't want to hear them. Wearing a fake wan smile he has the unerring ability to make difficult situations even worse. He is always aware of the camera and even plays to it - even lurking in the background to join in other people's on-camera moments as if he has nothing better to do.

Brent has a mini-me in the form of Gareth Keenan played by Mackenzie Crook. A wan and skinny man-youth who is chief support to Brent in the mismanagement of the office. A weekend soldier he makes constant references to this and how it applies to office procedure, as well as trying it on with spare office female talent - with no success whatsoever. He also runs the office course on safety - which is one of the funniest pieces of business I have seen in a long time. Instructing female employees on how NOT to put cups of hot coffee on the top of monitors and how to correctly lift boxes.

Only slightly more sane is Tim Canterbury (Martin Freeman) the college drop-out that is always threatening to quit and return to his books. A bored mediocrity that fills his days by winding up Gareth and flirting with receptionist Dawn (Lucy Davis) - who has less of a role, but looks on in disgust at some of the antics that the others get up to.

Special support comes from Chris Finch (played by Ralph Ineson) who is chief rep and office big mouth: Perhaps the most revolting person ever to appear on TV. His recollections of drunken evenings and stupidity being listen to with wide eyed wonder by the males - with only Dawn daring to show what he really is and even then not in words. When he leads the gang down Chasers (the local small town disco) things really hot up.

This show only ran two series (plus Christmas special - that was only so-so), but in the second series the nature of the Brent management style comes under pressure. Reality starts sweeping in to his little world and his bubble is finally popped, but not without some really funny moments - including the "Comic Relief" day episode that is perhaps the best of the whole lot.

I have seen all the shows and most of them more than once. This series warrants repeat viewings because it is just so funny and perfectly realized. This series will put off thousands of people from working in an office and maybe some of them will go off and do something more creative and interesting with their lives. Writing something as good as this, for example.

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