The Office (UK)

office-revisitedDavid Brent is back.

Ricky Gervais returned as his much-loved Office character for a one-off sketch to help raise money for the annual Red Nose Day appeal in the UK.

The sketch, entitled ‘The Office Revisited’, saw Brent in his new career as a music producer. Continue reading »

A full fourth season of The Office has just been confirmed. The show will air in the US in 2007/8.

The Emmy Award-winning show is documentary-style look into the sometimes poignant foolishness that plagues the world of 9-to-5, based on the award-winning BBC hit.

“The Office” delves into the lives of the workers at Dunder Mifflin paper supply company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Regional manager Michael Scott (Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Steve Carell, “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”) is a single, middle-aged man who is the boastful tour guide for the documentary.

Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer, “Slither”) is the friendly office receptionist who bears the brunt of Michael’s routines. The bright spots in Pam’s day are her conversations with Jim Halpert (John Krasinski, “Jarhead,” “Kinsey”), a likable sales rep. Jim shares his working space with Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson, “Six Feet Under”), the arrogant assistant to the regional manager. Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak, “Punk’d”) is a young, smart temp who quickly figures out the real office politics.

Also starring are Melora Hardin (“Monk”) as Jan Levinson, David Denman (“When A Stranger Calls”) as Roy, Leslie David Baker (“Malcolm in the Middle”) as Stanley Hudson, Brian Baumgartner (“Arrested Development”) as Kevin Malone, Kate Flannery (“The Heir Apparent”) as Meredith Palmer, Angela Kinsey (“Tripping Forward”) as Angela Martin, Oscar Nuez (“Halfway Home”) as Oscar Martinez, Phyllis Smith (“Arrested Development”) as Phyllis Lapin, Mindy Kaling (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin”) as Kelly Kapour and Paul Lieberstein (writer, “King of the Hill”) as Toby.

Lucy Davis, who played Dawn in The Office (UK) has just got married in London’s St Paul’s cathedral to actor Owain Yeoman (Lucas Dalton in The Nine). Co-stars Joel Beckett (Dawn’s fiance Lee), Ewen Macintosh (Keith) and Stephen Merchant (co-writer) were among the guests.

I feel in love, or should that be hate, with David Brent and the staff of the Office because it was a comedy with a difference. No laugh tracks at all.

Infact, all the laugh out loud moments were based on cringe and embarassment which made it a fairly unique show. David Brent is possibly the most unlikeable character ever created in a TV show.

The US version is a rip-off and it did take me a few episodes to get used to it. Now I like it just as much as the original. Steve Carrell (40 Year Old Virgin) plays the boss and is a far more likeable character
than the boss in the British version.

In the first series alot of the jokes and storylines are total rip-off’s from the British series but in series 2 the American writers get the idea of what the show is all about and they write a very watchable show.