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The Office

Opening Title Screen
Genre Comedy
Mockumentary
Running time approx. 0:30 (per episode)
Creator(s) Ricky Gervais
Stephen Merchant
Starring Ricky Gervais
Martin Freeman
Lucy Davis
Mackenzie Crook
Opening theme Stereophonics - Handbags and Gladrags
Country of origin Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom
Original channel BBC
Original run July 9, 2001December 27, 2003
No. of episodes 14

The Office is a British television comedy series, created, written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, and first aired in the UK on BBC Two on July 9, 2001. After the show's critical success an American version was launched, premiering on NBC on March 24, 2005, as was a French version in the spring of 2006 called Le Bureau and a German version called Stromberg[1] has also been made. A fourth adaptation, the Canadian French language, La Job, has also debuted in October 2006 and BBC Films is reported to be considering a motion picture version.[1] A Brazilian show on the Globo channel Os Aspones was also heavily modelled on the series format. Image File history File links TheOffice. ... Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... Mockumentary, a portmanteau of mock documentary (also fictional documentary or false documentary), is a film and TV genre, or a single work of the genre. ... Ricky Dene Gervais (pronounced IPA: ), born June 25, 1961, is an Emmy, Golden Globe and three-time BAFTA winning English comic writer and performer from Reading, Berkshire, England. ... Stephen Merchant (born November 24, 1974 in Bristol, England) is an Emmy and three-time BAFTA-winning writer, director, and comedic actor. ... Ricky Dene Gervais (pronounced IPA: ), born June 25, 1961, is an Emmy, Golden Globe and three-time BAFTA winning English comic writer and performer from Reading, Berkshire, England. ... Freeman as Arthur Dent, waking up at the beginning of the Hitchhikers Guide. ... Lucy Davis (born 2 January 1973) is an English actress. ... Mackenzie Crook (born September 29, 1971) is an English actor best known for playing Gareth Keenan in The Office. ... Stereophonics are a rock band with original members Kelly Jones, Richard Jones (no relation to Kelly) and Stuart Cable growing up together in their hometown of Cwmaman in South Wales. ... Handbags and Gladrags is the name of a song written by Mike dAbo of Manfred Mann fame. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... July 9 is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 175 days remaining. ... This article is about the year 2001. ... December 27 is the 361st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (362nd in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... Ricky Dene Gervais (pronounced IPA: ), born June 25, 1961, is an Emmy, Golden Globe and three-time BAFTA winning English comic writer and performer from Reading, Berkshire, England. ... Stephen Merchant (born November 24, 1974 in Bristol, England) is an Emmy and three-time BAFTA-winning writer, director, and comedic actor. ... BBC Two (or BBC2 as it was formerly styled) was the second UK television station to be aired by the BBC and Europes first television channel to broadcast regularly in colour (from 1967), envisaged as a home for less mainstream and more ambitious programming. ... July 9 is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 175 days remaining. ... This article is about the year 2001. ... The Office is a television show, broadcast by NBC and co-produced by Deedle-Dee Productions and Reveille Productions, in association with NBC Universal Television Studio. ... It has been suggested that NBC Radio City Studios, NBC Studios be merged into this article or section. ... March 24 is the 83rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (84th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Le Bureau is a French television show that airs Thursday nights on Canal+. It is a French version of the popular British television series The Office. ... Christoph Maria Herbst as Bernd Stromberg Stromberg is a German television series which is produced by Brainpool and broadcast on the commercial television channel ProSieben. ... La Job is a Quebec comedy television series. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Contents // Categories: Television stubs | Companies of Brazil | Television networks ...


Widely acclaimed as the most successful BBC comedy of this decade, two six-episode series were made, along with a pair of 45-minute Christmas specials. As well as being shown internationally on BBC Worldwide channels such as BBC Prime, BBC America and BBC Canada, the series has been sold to broadcasters in over 80 countries, including ABC in Australia, TVNZ in New Zealand and the pan-Asian satellite channel STAR World, based in Hong Kong. For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual holiday that marks the traditional birthdate of Jesus of Nazareth. ... BBC Worldwide Limited is the wholly-owned commercial subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation, formed out of a restructuring of its predecessor BBC Enterprises in 1995. ... The old BBC Prime logo used until 1997 BBC Prime is the BBCs general entertainment TV channel in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. ... BBC America is an American television network, owned and operated by BBC Worldwide, which was launched on March 29, 1998, available on both cable and satellite. ... BBC Canada is a general entertainment Canadian category 2 digital cable television channel. ... The Australian Broadcasting Corporation or ABC (formerly the Australian Broadcasting Commission) is Australias national non-profit public broadcaster. ... Current TVNZ logo Television New Zealand (TVNZ) is the main broadcaster of television in New Zealand, established in 1980 through the merger of Television One and TV2 (formerly South Pacific Television). ... World map showing the location of Asia. ... Artists impression of a Boeing 601 satellite, as configured for digital television transmission by SES Astra Satellite television is television delivered by way of communications satellites, as compared to conventional terrestrial television and cable television. ... STAR World is STAR Groups priemer English-language Entertainment TV-channel which is shown in the Asian region and in the Middle-east. ...


The Office shares some themes in common with the 1999 movie Office Space, mainly the banal and dissatisfying nature of office jobs.[2] The show also shares themes with another social satire created by Gervais and Merchant, Extras, namely social clumsiness, the trivialities of human behaviour, self-importance and conceit, frustration and desperation and fame.[3] Office Space is a 1999 comedy film written and directed by Mike Judge. ... Extras is a British television sitcom about extras working on film sets and in theatre. ...

Contents

Background

The show is set in Slough, a satellite town of London that the DVD blurb describes as "dreary", in a small branch of the fictitious paper company Wernham Hogg (where "life is stationery"). The show has no laugh track and is in the mockumentary style, devised at a time when documentaries such as Airport and A Life of Grime (which follow people performing their jobs) were popular. Image File history File links Wernham_hogg_logo. ... Slough (pronounced ) is a town and unitary authority (Borough of Slough) in Berkshire, England. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Mockumentary, a portmanteau of mock documentary (also fictional documentary or false documentary), is a film and TV genre, or a single work of the genre. ... A Life of Grime (play on the expression A Life of Crime) is a BBC docusoap following the work of environmental health inspectors. ...


The office is managed by David Brent (Gervais) along with his assistant, Gareth Keenan (Mackenzie Crook), a lieutenant in the Territorial Army. Much of the series' comedic success stems from Brent, who frequently makes attempts to win favour with his employees and peers with embarrassing or disastrous results. Brent's character flaws are used to comic effect, including numerous verbal gaffes, unconscious racism, sexism and other social faux-pas. David Brent is a fictional white-collar office middle-manager and one of the principal characters from BBC television comedy The Office, played by co-writer and director Ricky Gervais. ... Gareth Keenan after cycling to Wernam-Hogg in The Office. ... Mackenzie Crook (born September 29, 1971) is an English actor best known for playing Gareth Keenan in The Office. ... The British Territorial Army is part of the British Army, composed mostly of part-time soldiers paid at the same rate, while engaged on military activities, as their Regular equivalents. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Other characters include the unassuming Tim Canterbury (Martin Freeman), whose relationship with bored receptionist Dawn Tinsley (Lucy Davis) is a major arc in the series. Their flirtation soon builds to a mutual romantic attraction, despite her engagement to the dour and laddish warehouse worker, Lee (Joel Beckett). Tim Canterbury is a main character in the BBC sitcom The Office, played by Martin Freeman. ... Freeman as Arthur Dent, waking up at the beginning of the Hitchhikers Guide. ... Dawn Tinsley is a character in the BBC sitcom The Office, played by Lucy Davis. ... Lucy Davis (born 2 January 1973) is an English actress. ... Joel Beckett is an English actor best known for playing Jake Moon in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders. ...


The theme song for the show is "Handbags and Gladrags", arranged by Big George and originally written in the 1960s by Mike D’Abo, former vocalist for the pop group Manfred Mann. Handbags and Gladrags is the name of a song written by Mike dAbo of Manfred Mann fame. ... Michael dAbo (born 1 March 1944 in Betchworth, Surrey) is an English singer and songwriter, best known as the former lead vocalist of Manfred Mann. ... Cock-A-Hoop Manfred Mann was a British R&B and pop band of the 1960s, named after its keyboard player, who later led the successful 1970s follow-on group Manfred Manns Earth Band. ...


Main characters

The Office is essentially a character-based comedy, following around the people who work in the office environment. While being more of an ensemble piece than star-driven, four characters in particular are the primary focus of the show:


David Brent (Ricky Gervais)

Main article: David Brent

David Brent is the general manager of the Slough offices of the Wernham Hogg paper merchants. He considers himself to be a successful maverick in the business world and a Renaissance man, talented in philosophy, music and comedy. Although he believes himself to be friendly, hilarious, and well-liked, he is petty, pompous and snide. His immature behavior comes across as he bumbles around the office – always hovering around the camera – telling unfunny jokes, performing hackneyed impressions and generally getting himself into trouble by talking before thinking. Although Brent considers himself to be a modern, politically correct man he often displays patronizing (and at times offensive) attitudes towards women, ethnic minorities, homosexuals and disabled people. Ricky Dene Gervais (pronounced IPA: ), born June 25, 1961, is an Emmy, Golden Globe and three-time BAFTA winning English comic writer and performer from Reading, Berkshire, England. ... David Brent is a fictional white-collar office middle-manager and one of the principal characters from BBC television comedy The Office, played by co-writer and director Ricky Gervais. ... Slough (pronounced ) is a town and unitary authority (Borough of Slough) in Berkshire, England. ... Piece of Letter paper Paper is a thin material produced by the amalgamation of plant fibres, which are subsequently held together without extra binder, largely by hydrogen bonds and fiber entanglement. ... Merchants function as professionals who deal with trade, dealing in commodities that they do not produce themselves, in order to produce profit. ... Leonardo da Vinci is seen as an epitome of the Renaissance man or polymath. ... Socrates (central bare-chested figure) about to drink hemlock as mandated by the court. ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... Political correctness is the alteration of language to redress real or alleged injustices and discrimination or to avoid offense. ...


Tim Canterbury (Martin Freeman)

Main article: Tim Canterbury

Tim is a sales rep at Wernham Hogg. Unlike David Brent, Tim is funny and unpretentious. His witticisms and friendliness make him one of the most likeable characters of the show. However, he leads an unsatisfying life – at 30, he still lives with his parents and works at a job he believes to be completely pointless. Although he wishes to leave Wernham Hogg to pursue his greater aspirations, his insecurity has prevented him from taking any significant action. Stuck in his drab lifestyle, he maintains his sanity by pursuing a fruitless romance with the receptionist and by playing practical jokes on Gareth. Freeman as Arthur Dent, waking up at the beginning of the Hitchhikers Guide. ... Tim Canterbury is a main character in the BBC sitcom The Office, played by Martin Freeman. ...


Gareth Keenan (Mackenzie Crook)

Main article: Gareth Keenan

Gareth is Tim’s clueless deskmate and nemesis. Unlike Tim, Gareth is a humorless jobsworth with no attractive personality traits. He is obsessed with military violence and his service in the Territorial Army and perpetually annoys Tim with ridiculous, pretentious comments. He prides himself in being Team Leader, not realizing his title is mostly meaningless, and imposes the little authority he has on his coworkers. Like David Brent, Gareth is arrogant, dumb, and oblivious. Mackenzie Crook (born September 29, 1971) is an English actor best known for playing Gareth Keenan in The Office. ... Gareth Keenan after cycling to Wernam-Hogg in The Office. ... Taken from the line Its more than my jobs worth . ... In the United Kingdom the Territorial Army is a part of the British Army composed of reserve units, or part-time soldiers. ...


Dawn Tinsley (Lucy Davis)

Main article: Dawn Tinsley

Dawn is Wernham Hogg's receptionist, and David Brent's dogsbody. She most frequently has to put up with Brent’s attempts at humour and social interaction. Like her friend and coworker Tim, she is aware of the sad state of her unfulfilling life – she has been in a long, rocky engagement with her fiancé Lee and gave up illustrating children’s book to pursue a fruitless career. Lucy Davis (born 2 January 1973) is an English actress. ... Dawn Tinsley is a character in the BBC sitcom The Office, played by Lucy Davis. ... Look up dogsbody in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Secondary characters

Several other recurring characters, although not central to the episodes, have made their mark on office life. These include:


"Big" Keith Bishop (Ewen Macintosh): Keith works in the accounts department, which is perhaps fitting because he's like a human statue. Slow-talking, emotionless and suffering from eczema, he says few words. When he does speak, his comments can be surprisingly and alarmingly disturbing. He likes eating scotch eggs and watching Peak Practice. Keith Bishop is an accountant in BBCs The Office and is personified by Ewen Macintosh. ... Ewen Macintosh Ewen Macintosh is a British actor. ... Eczema is a form of dermatitis, or inflammation of the upper layers of the skin. ... A Scotch egg is a snack food of Scottish origin consisting of a cold, hard-boiled egg removed from its shell, wrapped in a sausage meat mixture, coated in breadcrumbs, and deep-fried. ... Class 10 September 2006 - July 2007 Michael Laight Ben Chantler David Platt Danielle Bailey Damien Mee Andy Smith Anne Louise Burke Heather Williams Michael Rutter Marlon Estevez Nathan Neighbour Katie Addyman Melanie Costello Mr Mike Genders Mrs Sandra Crossland Mrs June Simpson Mrs Teresa Stephens Mrs Lisa Dingle Mrs Debra...


Chris Finch (Ralph Ineson): David's so-called 'best friend', "Finchy" is probably the only character in the series who is genuinely cruel. He is a confident, openly sexist, rasping-voiced northerner with a natural flair for bullying others with swift, humiliating putdowns (with Brent being his usual target). He likes to dominate conversations and is successful with women, but shows a humourless vicious streak when he loses the staff quiz in series one. David acts as his lackey, laughing at his jokes and attempting to ride his coat-tails into the limelight. Finch repays him with disdain. Chris Finch (Finchy) is a character in the BBC comedy show, The Office. ... Ralph Ineson is an English actor best known for playing the character of Chris Finch on the BBC television program The Office. ...


Jennifer Taylor-Clarke (Stirling Gallacher): David's boss in the first series. Jennifer is a serious-minded professional, and David's behaviour and comedy-driven style of management are shown to be puerile and ineffectual by contrast. David calls her Camilla Parker-Bowles — "Not to her face, of course." Jennifer Taylor-Clarke is a fictional character on the BBC2 comedy television series The Office. ... Stirling Gallacher as Dr. George Woodson in Doctors Stirling Gallacher (sometimes seen credited as Sterling Gallacher) is an English TV and stage actress best known for her roles as Dr. Georgina Woodson in the medical drama Doctors and as Jennifer Taylor-Clarke in the comedy series The Office She has... Camilla Parker Bowles (born July 17 1947) was mistress, now girlfriend, of Charles, Prince of Wales. ...


Lee (Joel Beckett): Dawn's fiancé, who works in the company's warehouse. She met him in school and they have been together since. Whereas Dawn has dreams and yearns to be playful, Lee is humourless, unromantic and casually and obliviously dismissive of Dawn's ideas of being an illustrator. His idea of an amorous proposal was a four-word notice in the newspaper - to save money. It is clear from an early stage that Dawn stays with him out of a fear of loneliness rather than real love - Lee is safe and dependable. Lee is also more manly and physically imposing than Tim, Dawn's other potential interest, and for that reason Tim finds him intimidating. Joel Beckett is an English actor best known for playing Jake Moon in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders. ...


Neil Godwin (Patrick Baladi): David's boss in the second series. Originally David's counterpart at the Swindon branch of the company, Neil was promoted ahead of him when David failed a medical examination. Neil is young, charming, professional and energetic. He is a more competent manager than David, has a better relationship with the staff and, to pour vinegar into the wound, finds it easier to make the staff laugh. Brent is hugely resentful and jealous of him, and makes occasional (and largely unsuccessful) attempts to either undermine or rival him. Neil Godwin is a fictional character in the BBC sitcom, The Office, played by Patrick Baladi. ... Patrick Baladi - Image from PFD Talent Agency (U.K.) Patrick Baladi is an English actor best known for his portrayal of Neil Godwin on BBCs hit comedy series, The Office. ... Swindon is a town in Wiltshire in the South West of England. ...


Oliver (Howard Saddler): One of the series two intake from Swindon. Oliver is good natured, tolerant, easy-going and quiet, which is lucky for him as he is the only black person working in the office. As such he is the target for most of David's well-meaning but hideously misguided attempts to show what a politically correct and racially tolerant man he is.


Rachel (Stacey Roca): Another of the series two intake from Swindon. Rachel is bubbly and considered attractive by both Gareth and Tim. She and Tim start a relationship, making Dawn somewhat melancholy.


Brenda (Julie Fernandez): Another of the former employees of the Swindon branch, Brenda is a wheelchair user, which naturally brings out the worst in David. During a fire drill, he and Gareth attempt to carry Brenda down the stairs but ultimately, as they see it as being too much effort for a mere drill, abandon her on the way down. Brenda is not impressed by David's patronising behaviour. She, like Oliver, is another character whose purpose is to highlight the gap between David's vision of himself as a modern enlightened man and the reality of his ignorance and thoughtlessness. Model, Julie Fernandez poses for a shot in a wheelchair Julie Fernandez (born April 20, 1974) is a British actress, television presenter, model, comedian, writer, comedy writer, comedy actress, journalist, model, athlete, and television producer and extra, although she is best known as Brenda, her award-winning role on the...


Episodes

The following is a list of episodes from the BBC television series, The Office. ...

"The Office Values" and "Realising Potential"

In 2004, Microsoft UK commissioned two 20-minute corporate videos featuring David Brent being interviewed by Jeff (Stephen Merchant), a Microsoft employee who becomes increasingly exasperated by Brent's antics. The ongoing theme is Brent's obvious resentment at the company's success. Brent also appears to believe he has what it takes to become the next managing director of Microsoft and continually drops hints to that effect. While not on general release, the videos emerged on the internet in 2006. They were posted on both YouTube (from which they were later removed) and Google Video.[2] The clips also appeared on certain peer-to-peer networks. Microsoft was unhappy with the leak, stating that the videos "were never intended to be viewed by the public".[4] The Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... YouTube is a popular free video sharing web site which lets users upload, view, and share video clips. ... Google Video is a free Google service that allows anyone to upload video clips to Googles web servers as well as make their own media available free of charge or through Google Video Store for a cost that they can set. ... A peer-to-peer (or P2P) computer network is a network that relies on the computing power and bandwidth of the participants in the network rather than concentrating it in a relatively few servers. ...


Awards

In January 2004, The Office won the Golden Globe Award for "Best Television Series: Musical Or Comedy", beating nominees Arrested Development, Monk, Sex and the City and Will & Grace. It was the only British comedy to be nominated for a Golden Globe in 25 years, and the first to ever win one. Ricky Gervais was also awarded the Golden Globe for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series: Musical or Comedy" for his role. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... For the main article see Golden Globe Award. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Monk is a television show about an obsessive-compulsive detective named Adrian Monk (played by actor Tony Shalhoub). ... Sex and the City is a popular American cable television program based on the novel of the same name by Candace Bushnell. ... Will & Grace was a popular Emmy Award-winning American television situation comedy that focused on Will Truman, a gay lawyer and his best friend Grace Adler, a straight Jewish woman who runs her own interior design firm, as well as Karen Walker, a very rich socialite and Jack McFarland, an... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...


The series won the Best TV Comedy award, and Gervais the Best TV Comedy Actor award, at the British Comedy Awards 2002. Date: December 14, 2002 Location: London Studios, London Host: Jonathan Ross Broacaster: ITV Television and film Winners first; nominees indented Best TV Comedy The Office Black Books Peter Kays Phoenix Nights Best New TV Comedy The Kumars at No. ...


In 2005, the series' concluding two-part special was nominated for two Emmys in the categories of "Outstanding Made for Television Movie" and "Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special" [3]. In February 2006, Gervais and Merchant announced that they would be returning to the series to write an episode for the third season of the American version.[4] An Emmy Award. ...


The American version of The Office won an Emmy in 2006 for best comedy, with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant as its executive producers. A list of Primetime Emmy winners in the comedy program, drama program, and lead actors categories. ... Ricky Dene Gervais (pronounced IPA: ), born June 25, 1961, is an Emmy, Golden Globe and three-time BAFTA winning English comic writer and performer from Reading, Berkshire, England. ... Stephen Merchant (born November 24, 1974 in Bristol, England) is an Emmy and three-time BAFTA-winning writer, director, and comedic actor. ...


Cast

Main cast

Ricky Dene Gervais (pronounced IPA: ), born June 25, 1961, is an Emmy, Golden Globe and three-time BAFTA winning English comic writer and performer from Reading, Berkshire, England. ... David Brent is a fictional white-collar office middle-manager and one of the principal characters from BBC television comedy The Office, played by co-writer and director Ricky Gervais. ... Freeman as Arthur Dent, waking up at the beginning of the Hitchhikers Guide. ... Tim Canterbury is a main character in the BBC sitcom The Office, played by Martin Freeman. ... Mackenzie Crook (born September 29, 1971) is an English actor best known for playing Gareth Keenan in The Office. ... Gareth Keenan after cycling to Wernam-Hogg in The Office. ... Lucy Davis (born 2 January 1973) is an English actress. ... Dawn Tinsley is a character in the BBC sitcom The Office, played by Lucy Davis. ... Patrick Baladi - Image from PFD Talent Agency (U.K.) Patrick Baladi is an English actor best known for his portrayal of Neil Godwin on BBCs hit comedy series, The Office. ... Neil Godwin is a fictional character in the BBC sitcom, The Office, played by Patrick Baladi. ... Ralph Ineson is an English actor best known for playing the character of Chris Finch on the BBC television program The Office. ... Chris Finch (Finchy) is a character in the BBC comedy show, The Office. ... Stirling Gallacher as Dr. George Woodson in Doctors Stirling Gallacher (sometimes seen credited as Sterling Gallacher) is an English TV and stage actress best known for her roles as Dr. Georgina Woodson in the medical drama Doctors and as Jennifer Taylor-Clarke in the comedy series The Office She has... Jennifer Taylor-Clarke is a fictional character on the BBC2 comedy television series The Office. ...

Minor cast

Series One and Two

  • Joel Beckett as Lee
  • Ben Bradshaw as Ben
  • Nicola Cotter as Karen Roper
  • Jamie Deeks as Jamie
  • Vincent Franklin as Rowan (training facilitator)
  • Jane Lucas as Sheila
  • Ewen Macintosh as Keith
  • Emma Manton as Emma
  • Ron Merchant as Gordon
  • Alexander Perkins as Ralph
  • Phillip Pickard as Phillip
  • Peter Purves as Himself (cameo)
  • David Schaal as Glynn

Joel Beckett is an English actor best known for playing Jake Moon in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders. ... Ewen Macintosh Ewen Macintosh is a British actor. ... Peter Purves (publicity portrait) Peter Purves (born February 10, 1939) is a British actor and television presenter. ...

Series One only

  • Sally Bretton as Donna
  • Oliver Chris as Ricky Howard
  • Angela Clerkin as Jackie
  • Yvonne D'Alpra as Joan
  • Robin Hooper as Malcolm

Sally Bretton is a British actress who has appeared in several television programmes including The Office, Absolute Power and The Bill. External Links imdb entry Category: ... Oliver Chris as Boyce in Green Wing. ...

Series Two only

Model, Julie Fernandez poses for a shot in a wheelchair Julie Fernandez (born April 20, 1974) is a British actress, television presenter, model, comedian, writer, comedy writer, comedy actress, journalist, model, athlete, and television producer and extra, although she is best known as Brenda, her award-winning role on the... Matthew Holness as Garth Marenghi as Dr. Rick Dagless, MD Matthew Holness is an English comedian. ... Stephen Merchant (born November 24, 1974 in Bristol, England) is an Emmy and three-time BAFTA-winning writer, director, and comedic actor. ... Roca as Rachel in The Office. ...

Trivia

  • In a nod to the show, a minor character featured in the TV series Lost mentions during one of the flashback scenes in the season one episode "Homecoming" that her father is "buying some paper company up in Slough". Lost creator J.J. Abrams is a fan of Ricky Gervais and had previously employed him in an episode of his earlier series, Alias. Perhaps ironically, in the American version, the equivalent of Gareth says of meeting the warehouse staff, "remember in Lost, when they met the Others?". Later in the series, the same character asks another character "What is the DHARMA Initiative?" In an interview, J.J. Abrams revealed he would be directing an episode of the American The Office.
  • The Office is the first Gervais & Merchant sitcom to be commisioned by the BBC. Even though neither of them had directed, written or acted before, the show's low cost and a well-received demo tape were major contributing factors for the commission.
  • The town centre of Slough has a bar called Wernham Hoggs named after the fictional paper company in the show.

Lost is an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning serial drama television series that follows the lives of a group of plane crash survivors on a mysterious tropical island, somewhere in the South Pacific. ... Homecoming is the fifteenth episode of the first season of Lost. ... Jeffrey J. Abrams (usually credited as Jeffrey Abrams or J.J. Abrams) (born June 27, 1966) is an American film and television producer, writer, actor, composer and director. ... Alias was an American Spy-fi television series created by J. J. Abrams that aired on ABC from September 30, 2001 to May 22, 2006. ... The Others are fictional characters of the fictional island in the American television series Lost, who serve as the antagonists to the series main characters. ... Title card from a DHARMA Initiative orientation film featured in the Lost episode Orientation Screen shot from the Sri Lanka Video, released as part of the Lost Experience, showing the DHARMA acronym The DHARMA Initiative ( Department of Heuristics And Research on Material Applications Initiative )[1] is a fictional research project... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ...

References

  1. ^ "The Office heading for big screen?", Radio Telefís Éireann, July 6, 2006, retrieved September 11, 2006
  2. ^ DVD Times: Office Space review
  3. ^ rickygervais.com: Heeeere's Ricky
  4. ^ BBC News: Microsoft unhappy at Gervais leak

See also

The Slough Trading Estate founded in Slough, Berkshire in 1920, was the UK’s first business park. ... The Office is the name of two television comedy shows created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. ... Free Love Freeway is an ironic song written by Ricky Gervais, who starred as David Brent in the highly acclaimed British comedy The Office. ...

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