The office bbc
Posted On 22.08.2020
The office bbc
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What if embarrassment could be embodied in a character? A character so cringe inducing that you’d wince at the mere sight of him? Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant managed just that with the birth of David Brent, the lead character from the BBC comedy The Office.
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The series has also been adapted for audiences around the world. Among the international updates are versions in France (Le Bureau), Germany (Stromberg), Canada (La Job), Chile (La Ofis), Israel (HaMisrad), and Sweden (Kontoret).
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Parents need to know that this sardonic British mockumentary skewers the corporate world, exposing the drudgery, tedium, and mindless pranks that make up daily life for so many office drones. Central character David Brent manages to inadvertently offend nearly everyone around him with his casual sexism, occasional racism, and nonstop pompous blather. Nearly the entire series takes place in the office, but there’s plenty of talk about wild nights out drinking, plenty of swearing (including ”s–t”), and a fair bit of flirting and sexual innuendo.
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But I can’t complain because everything we have here is so damn perfect. Pound for pound, it might be my favorite TV series ever. It’s certainly far deeper and darker and faster-paced than its warmer, sprawling, American counterpart. But that’s a topic for another day.
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Though the Ricky Gervais series offered a brilliant exposition of the awkwardness of the workplace, with David Brent as a deluded Captain Mainwaring figure, W1A owes more to The Thick of It and the shows that arguably influenced Armando Iannucci. The Larry Sanders Show is the king of this showbiz sub-genre but John Morton spoofed media manners elegantly in his radio/TV show People Like Us.