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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 David Brent as they continue their daily lives.
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Series cast summary:
...  David Brent 14 episodes, 2001-2003
...  Tim Canterbury 14 episodes, 2001-2003
...  Gareth Keenan 14 episodes, 2001-2003
...  Dawn Tinsley 14 episodes, 2001-2003
...  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 14 episodes, 2001-2003
...  Ralph 14 episodes, 2001-2003
Philip Pickard ...  Phillip / ... 14 episodes, 2001-2003
Joel Beckett ...  Lee 13 episodes, 2001-2003
...  Neil Godwin 8 episodes, 2002-2003
...  Brenda 8 episodes, 2002-2003
Rachel Isaac ...  Trudy 8 episodes, 2002-2003
Howard Saddler ...  Oliver 8 episodes, 2002-2003
...  Jennifer Taylor-Clark 7 episodes, 2001-2003
...  Chris 'Finchy' Finch / ... 7 episodes, 2001-2003
...  Ricky Howard / ... 6 episodes, 2001
...  Rachel 6 episodes, 2002
...  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 brilliant new comedy on BBC America. [U.S. DVD.] See more »

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The first British sitcom for over 25 years to be nominated for a Golden Globe, and the first ever to win one. See more »

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David Brent: I don't look upon this like it's the end, I look upon it like it's moving on you know. It's almost like my work here's done. I can't imagine Jesus going 'Oh, I've told a few people in Bethlehem I'm the son of God, can I just stay here with Mum and Dad now?' No. You gotta move on. You gotta spread the word. You gotta go to Nazareth, please. And that's, very much like... me. My world does not end within these four walls, Slough's a big place. And when I've finished with Slough, there's Reading, ...
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Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #6.1 (2009) 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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Absolutely brilliant
17 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Had this been a 'Britcom-proper' it probably wouldn't have been as funny as it is now.

The tragic elements woven into it make it so much greater. Admittedly, there are a lot (and I mean A LOT) of cringeworthy moments in The Office. Moments that make you put your hand over your eyes and look through your fingers, moments that make you gasp and look away, and moments that will make you go "Aaaargh! Noooo!".

Everybody (who is not David or Gareth) who has ever worked in an office setting (especially those who worked in several ..) will feel that The Office is a condensed and compressed series of events, but very true to life. Everybody knows David and Gareth, everybody wants to slap them and shut them up forever. Everybody feels for (and feels like) Tim and Dawn. And everybody knows that an office would be a downright suicidal place were it not for common foes like 'the boss' and 'the wannabe boss' to loathe.

Don't watch The Office if all you want is a quick laugh .. you would feel way too uncomfortable for that. The Office is a true slice of (office) life, a bit larger, a bit darker, a bit more painful, but ultimately more humorous than anything I've ever seen. Make sure you catch the Christmas special(s) as well, as that puts the icing on the cake and makes life slightly more bearable.


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