A British comedy set in the smoking room of a workplace.




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Series cast summary:
 Robin (17 episodes, 2004-2005)
 Barry (17 episodes, 2004-2005)
Nadine Marshall ...
 Sally (17 episodes, 2004-2005)
Paula Wilcox ...
 Lilian (17 episodes, 2004-2005)
 Annie (17 episodes, 2004-2005)
Selina Griffiths ...
 Janet (16 episodes, 2004-2005)
Leslie Schofield ...
 Len (16 episodes, 2004-2005)
 Clint (15 episodes, 2004-2005)
 Sharon (13 episodes, 2004-2005)
 Heidi (11 episodes, 2004-2005)


A British comedy set in the smoking room of a workplace.

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29 June 2004 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Dohányzásra kijelölt hely  »

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Manager Sharon's cigarettes are always much longer than those seen smoked by her subordinates. See more »


Lilian: My uncle Colin took 12 months to die. Every day you'd say, "Please let this suffering come to an end." but no - just go steadily worse. No - I would wish that on anyone.
[sucks on a her cigarette]
Lilian: Couldn't book holidays! You went out gallivanting - people called you callous, it was a bloody nightmare!
Robin: I'm up for euthanasia when it gets to that stage.
Lilian: Oh, yeah! Bump them off! I mean you do it to an animal why not to your relatives?
Robin: As long as they said that's what they wanted.
Lilian: Even if they hadn't...
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Wonderful, and completely original
12 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Smoking Room (TSM) is only ever compared with The Office because both are set in workplaces! Where TSM differs is that the daily grind of worklife does not drive the story.

In TSM, office discussions are banned. Our regular set of smokers skive off their working day and discuss biscuits, holidays, Eskimos, crosswords, and any number of other topics. Characters wander in and out of the room, and leave their day job outside.

It's part of the joy of the series to try to piece together what the characters do: Annie and Sally are graphic designers; it's clearly a major company with several different branches. Occasional glimpses of the outside world are provided: a vitally important Japanese client visits, and is in need of a cigarette. No lighter or matches can be found. The tension rises as the regulars try to keep their VIP happy, and she demonstrates her dislike of all things British (notably Penguin bars and Jim Bowen's gameshow Bullseye).

There are plenty of asides regarding unseen characters (Lil's friend Tess Pownall is described as having a chest like "a pair of wizened yams"), plenty of huge laughs, scathing one-liners, running jokes, and some great ongoing stories. The story of Ben from the post room, hints about a past relationship for Sharon the non-smiling boss, Janet's desperation to be included leading her to a not-necessarily happy ending ... two series and a Christmas special have been made, and I can only hope for a third. The second series ends with a number of colossal cliffhangers: the characters are so believable and their situation so genuine that I can't wait to see them again.

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