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The Office. David Brent (Ricky Gervais).

The Office (2001)

BBC Two sitcom about a bad manager. 14 episodes (2 series), 2001 - 2003. Stars Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis and others.

Series 1

1. Downsize

First broadcast: Monday 9th July 2001

David Brent is informed by Head Office that his Slough branch of Wernham Hogg paper merchants might be closed down. David's deep rooted need to be popular triumphs over realism and he immediately promises the staff there will be no redundancies.

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2. Work Experience

First broadcast: Monday 16th July 2001

David hires Donna, his lodger and the daughter of his best friend. While showing her round the office he discovers a doctored pornographic image of himself. Gareth, due to his covert operations skills, is told to catch the culprit.

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3. The Quiz

First broadcast: Monday 23rd July 2001

It is Tim's 30th birthday - he receives a card from Dawn and an unusual inflatable gift from Lee. More importantly, however, it's Wernham Hogg quiz night and there are reputations to be made. Gareth comperes the Quiz Night and the questions reflect his personal interests - namely war and weapon specifications.

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4. Training

First broadcast: Monday 30th July 2001

To fend off the increasing staff disillusionment a Training Day has been scheduled. Dawn's engagement to Lee is on the rocks and Tim begins to think that he may at last have a chance with her. In this great episode David hinders the productivity of the training expert and gives the staff some musical inspiration.

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5. New Girl

First broadcast: Monday 13th August 2001

David interviews for a new secretary (despite having been told to downsize) and chooses blonde Karen. His efforts to impress end spectacularly badly when he accidentally headbutts her. Meanwhile Donna's late arrival at work inevitably sparks the rumour that she is sleeping with a colleague.

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6. Judgement

First broadcast: Monday 20th August 2001

Crunch time comes and David is told by Head Office that he will be promoted if he sacrifices the branch. True to his innate sense of self-preservation and greed David leaps at the chance for betterment and in a true stroke of genius delivers a speech with rather flawed logic. The office is shocked but Gareth is most devastated - who will take him seriously now he is no longer Assistant to the Regional Manager?

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Series 1 Products

The Office - Complete Series One & Two And The Christmas Specials

The Office - Complete Series One & Two And The Christmas Specials DVD

Release date: Tuesday 22nd November 2005

A documentary film crew follows David Brent, regional manager at the Slough branch of paper merchants Wernham Hogg as he and his 'team' go about their business. As David works he manages to alienate, belittle, embarrass and offend just about everyone who works with him... Features the all the episodes...

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The Office - The Complete First Series

The Office - The Complete First Series DVD

Release date: Monday 14th October 2002

Welcome to Wernham Hogg paper merchants and the world of David Brent, a man who thinks he is funny and likeable, but far from it. So when the BBC come to make a docusoap around his office, he thinks it could be his big break.

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