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 2, Episode 4 is repeated on Gold on Friday at 10:20pm.

Press Clippings

Life as Big Keith from The Office

Ewen MacIntosh reflects on his defining role.

Sean Cole,, 14th July 2021

How The Office changed comedy

As Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's sitcom turns 20, top comics and people behind the scenes explain how it rewired British humour.

Rachel Aroesti, The Guardian, 10th July 2021

Gervais clarifies comments on Office getting cancelled

The comedian said the remarks were "clearly a joke".

Clémence Michallon, The Independent, 9th July 2021

The Office at 20: how it changed how we speak

I can't get through a sentence without slipping into Office quotes. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's sitcom changed comedy forever - but for one generation, it also transformed how we speak.

Sarah Carson, i Newspaper, 9th July 2021

How The Office ruined comedy

Before the first episode went out, 20 years ago today, The Office looked like just another BBC2 sitcom. Its species was still common enough in 2001. In fact, its fly-on-the-wall, "mockumentary" style seemed a little out of date, riding in on the coattails of its stablemate, John Morton's People Like Us.

Gareth Roberts, Unherd, 9th July 2021

The Office at 20: hit TV show that couldn't be made now

Twenty years since the original UK version of The Office first aired, its co-creator Stephen Merchant talks to Clare Thorp about its legacy - and how a show rooted in reality now feels like an escapist fantasy.

Clare Thorp, BBC, 9th July 2021

An oral history of The Office

As the mockumentary that changed the course of comedy turns 20, Simon Bland speaks to co-creator Stephen Merchant, and some of the show's stars, to reflect on the creation of a modern comedy classic.

Simon Bland, The Independent, 9th July 2021

Ricky Gervais: 'The Office would be cancelled now'

On the 20th anniversary of The Office, its star and co-creator Ricky Gervais looks back on the success of the comedy show and considers whether viewers still connect with it today.

Jennifer Meierhans, BBC, 9th July 2021

The Office gets a Polish makeover

The new show is set in a bottled water company - Kropliczanka - based in Siedlce, a town near Warsaw.

Chortle, 8th July 2021

Stephen Merchant on 20 years of The Office

'Would it get made today? I don't know'.

Michael Idato, The Age, 7th July 2021