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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, Episode 1 - Downsize

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.

Broadcast details

Monday 9th July 2001
30 minutes


  1. Sunday 30th August 2009 at 21.05
  2. Monday 4th March 2013 at 23.00 on Gold
  3. Tuesday 5th March 2013 at 02.30 on Gold
  4. Saturday 1st June 2013 at 22.20 on Gold
  5. Sunday 2nd June 2013 at 01.00 on Gold
  6. Sunday 15th September 2013 at 21.00 on Gold
  7. Monday 16th September 2013 at 00.25 on Gold
  8. Saturday 1st February 2014 at 21.00 on Gold
  9. Monday 23rd June 2014 at 23.00 on Gold
  10. Tuesday 24th June 2014 at 02.00 on Gold
  11. Monday 1st September 2014 at 22.00 on Gold
  12. Tuesday 2nd September 2014 at 01.45 on Gold
  13. Saturday 10th January 2015 at 21.00 on Gold
  14. Friday 3rd July 2015 at 23.00 on Gold
  15. Saturday 4th July 2015 at 02.00 on Gold
  16. Sunday 10th January 2016 at 22.20 on Gold
  17. Saturday 30th April 2016 at 21.00 on Gold
  18. Sunday 1st May 2016 at 03.20 on Gold

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Ricky Gervais David Brent (Office Manager)
Martin Freeman Tim Canterbury (Sales Representative)
Mackenzie Crook Gareth Keenan
Lucy Davis Dawn Tinsley (Receptionist)
Oliver Chris Ricky
Joel Beckett Lee
Robin Hooper Malcolm
Ben Bradshaw Ben
Angela Clerkin Jackie
Jamie Deeks Jamie
Jane Lucas Sheila
Ewen MacIntosh (as Ewan MacIntosh) Keith Bishop
Emma Manton Emma
Alexander Perkins Ralph
Phillip Pickard Phillip
Guest cast
Stirling Gallacher Jennifer
Paul Sharma Sanj
Yvonne D'Alpra Joan
Neil Fitzmaurice Alex
Writing team
Ricky Gervais Writer
Stephen Merchant Writer
Production team
Ricky Gervais Director
Stephen Merchant Director
Ash Atalla Producer
Anil Gupta Exec Producer
Jon Plowman Exec Producer
Julie Harris Production Designer
Nigel Williams Editor

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