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The Office

The Office is a British sitcom television series that was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC Two on 9 July 2001. Created, written, and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the programme is about the day-to-day lives of office employees in the Slough branch of the fictitious Wernham Hogg Paper Company. Gervais also stars in the series, playing the central character, David Brent. Although fictional and scripted, the programme takes the form of a documentary (a fictional documentary, i.e. a mockumentary), with the presence of the camera often acknowledged.

Two six-episode series were made, along with a pair of 45-minute Christmas specials. When it was first shown on BBC Two, it was nearly cancelled due to low ratings, but has since become one of the most successful of all British comedy exports. 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 ABC1 in Australia, The Comedy Network in Canada, TVNZ in New Zealand and the pan-Asian satellite channel STAR World, based in Hong Kong. The show began airing in The United States on Cartoon Network's late night programing block, Adult Swim on 18 September 2009.


I may be in a minority but I found the program to be dire in the extreme and Ricky Gervasis almost redefines being a smug git

The Office

The Office is a British sitcom television series that was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC Two on 9 July 2001. Created, written, and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the programme is about the day-to-day lives of office employees in the Slough branch of the fictitious Wernham Hogg Paper Company. Gervais also stars in the series, playing the central character, David Brent. Although fictional and scripted, the programme takes the form of a documentary (a fictional documentary, i.e. a mockumentary), with the presence of the camera often acknowledged.

Two six-episode series were made, along with a pair of 45-minute Christmas specials. When it was first shown on BBC Two, it was nearly cancelled due to low ratings, but has since become one of the most successful of all British comedy exports. 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 ABC1 in Australia, The Comedy Network in Canada, TVNZ in New Zealand and the pan-Asian satellite channel STAR World, based in Hong Kong. The show began airing in The United States on Cartoon Network's late night programing block, Adult Swim on 18 September 2009.


I may be in a minority but I found the program to be dire in the extreme and Ricky Gervasis almost redefines being a smug git

comments (25)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 Jul 2013, 01:10
Its no Black Adder, Bill!
Bill Phillips: Indeed not Ray. That was a classic
I like the light and shadows...
The US version of The Office was hilarious - with Steve Carell.
Bill Phillips: That's interesting E as here the American version was generally not well regarded. I have never seen it but I thought the UK original was drivel.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 1 Jul 2013, 07:14
See what I've missed, Bill. LIke your b & w
Bill Phillips: Pleased you do Lisl.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Jul 2013, 07:18
I've totally missed it, Bill, but will now keep my eyes open for it. In the meantime, GREAT IMAGE!
Bill Phillips: Don't waste your time Ginnie. It is awful
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Jul 2013, 07:44
Wonderful image, love the B&W tones.
Bill Phillips: You are very kind Lady P
  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 Jul 2013, 08:26
Never saw it but agree about RG's smugness. Where was your pic taken, not your own office surely?
Bill Phillips: Black Country Museum a couple of weeks ago
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Jul 2013, 08:40
I found it less than funny, but I do like your photograph immensely!
Bill Phillips: Cheers Mike. Black Books is much funnier....which reminds me I still haven't finished the third series which I borrowed off our Helen
I agree with Mike on the first bit of his comment , but totally disagree with the last bit.
Bill Phillips: Unlike Mike you wouldn't know a decent picture if it bit your backside wink
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 1 Jul 2013, 09:27
You must have taken this photo in a NT house where we can see such old dear things. It could have been in Coughton Court we visited inside, too.
Sadly, I cannot anything about your information- absolutely tabula rasa!
Bill Phillips: It was taken at the Black country museum a couple of weeks ago Philine. Not knowing this program is no loss believe me smile
  • Richard T
  • Suffolk ... where the sun rises first in Britain
  • 1 Jul 2013, 09:38
A great lamp and a much less than great tv series
Bill Phillips: Can't argue comrade. Why do people rave about Gervais?
Excellent shot with perfect light and shadow.
Bill Phillips: Thank you Mary. I shall go and glow with pride
Bill Phillips: I did. Shaw should be made to buy me one for Christmas
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 1 Jul 2013, 12:38
Great picture. Are you going to start your own show - The (3) Office(rs)?
Bill Phillips: More like Halfwit's half hour Louis
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 1 Jul 2013, 12:48
Great B&W shot
Bill Phillips: Cheers Aussie. A nice compliment from you
I'm glad to find someone else who found it a crummy programme totally lacking in conventional humour.
Bill Phillips: Anyone who worked in an office for real would have found it so far from the truth. Any real office is both funnier and more absurd
To be honest I found The Office just slightly humorous on odd occasions, indeed the other characters had more going for them than Gervais, but as for anything else he has done, what's all the fuss about, he is just about the most unfunny p**l*ck ever to set foot on a stage, or anywhere else for that matter.
Bill Phillips: I don't think he is anywhere near as clever as he thinks he is Brian
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Jul 2013, 17:27
Oh Bill... I'm surprised to hear that you did not like The Office; perhaps because it was too true to life? I'm not keen on Ricky Gervais outside of this series, I must admit. B&W seems right for your image.
Bill Phillips: That was the problem. It wasn't. The characters were cardboard cut-outs and Gervais has no comic timing.
At last Bill, somebody else who hated the programme. I found it reminded me of people I'd known and worked for. Cringeworthy is the ultimate expression for it I think.
Bill Phillips: It failed on every level for me Pauline. Most of the so called comedies have people with no timing. I watched a strange American sitcom yesterday called the big bang theory and Bob Newhart made a special appearance. He just stood head and shoulders above the rest of the cast, who were clearly in awe of him. To be fair the program is quite funny in an oddball sort of way but it was a joy to see Newhart, even at 83 still able to do it!
That is such a cool shot. Wonderful in black and white.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Michael, I realy appreciate your comment
Great B&W Bill!

After all that acclaim, I thought you were a follower of the series; I can take it or leave it.
Bill Phillips: I can't stand it or Gervais.

Glad you like my snap today Martin
Excellent B&W shot Bill!
Bill Phillips: Thank you kindly Richard
The American version was very funny...
Bill Phillips: I have never seen the American version but the original was dire
Unknown to me but yr picture is very nice!
Bill Phillips: You haven't missed anything JC
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Jul 2013, 09:46
Great picture.

I'm with you on the direness of the series Bill.
A really beautiful composition Bill, love the tonality and simplicity of forms!

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