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The Office 

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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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3   2   1  
2003   2002   2001  
Top Rated TV #226 | Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 22 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
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 Bradshaw ...  Ben 14 episodes, 2001-2003
Jamie Deeks Jamie Deeks ...  Jamie 14 episodes, 2001-2003
Jane Lucas Jane Lucas ...  Sheila 14 episodes, 2001-2003
Emma Manton Emma Manton ...  Emma 14 episodes, 2001-2003
Alexander Perkins ...  Ralph 14 episodes, 2001-2003
Philip Pickard 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 Rachel Isaac ...  Trudy 8 episodes, 2002-2003
Howard Saddler 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 Angela Clerkin ...  Jackie 6 episodes, 2001
Patrick Driver Patrick Driver ...  Patrick 6 episodes, 2002
Tony MacMurray 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 critically acclaimed TV success on the daily life in an office! [Scandinavian DVD.] See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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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 employees' dreams come true. See more »

Quotes

David Brent: People see me, and they see the suit, and they go: "you're not fooling anyone", they know I'm rock and roll through and through. But you know that old thing, live fast, die young? Not my way. Live fast, sure, live too bloody fast sometimes, but die young? Die old. That's the way- not orthodox, I don't live by "the rules" you know. And if there's one other person who's influenced me in that way I think, someone who is a maverick, someone who does that to the system, then, it's Ian Botham. ...
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Connections

Spoofed in Saturday Night Live: Martin Freeman/Charli XCX (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Handbags and Gladrags
(theme song)
Written by Mike d'Abo
Performed by Fin
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The greatest programme ever
13 December 2004 | by michaelnash1999See all my reviews

I wasn't go to write a comment on the programme The Office but after reading trpdean's comment, I had to. I'm not sure what office life is like in the states, but this is what office life is like in Britain.

The show is perfect, it is indeed a true and honest reflection on every day working life.

The Boss is played by an actor by the name of Ricky Gervais, you will cringe and laugh at the same time, you will love him and hate him at the same time. The way the programme takes him thru the 14 episodes is brilliant, George from Seinfeld gets nowhere near this guy.

Then there is Gareth, a wimpy nerd, who thinks he is a big army man, but he really is just a weed of a man, we have all known someone like him.

The heart and soul belongs to Tim and Dawn though, you will cry your eyes out through out the series because of their relationship that isn't one.

This programme deserves all the awards that it has won, I don't want give too much away, its best if you go into the show not knowning too much about it, and to trpdean, once again this is what office life is like in England.


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Official Sites:

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English

Release Date:

23 January 2003 (USA) See more »

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