The Office: Episode One

The Office is an award-winning British television comedy that first aired in the UK on BBC Two on 9 July 2001. Created, written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the program is about the day-to-day lives of office employees in the Slough, Berkshire branch of the fictitious Wernham-Hogg Paper Company. Although fictional and scripted, the program takes the form of a documentary (a fictional documentary, i.e. a mockumentary), with the presence of the camera often acknowledged. The show involves themes such as social clumsiness, the trivialities of human behaviour, selfimportance and conceit, frustration and desperation and fame.[1] Background

The show is set in Slough, England, a satellite town of London in a small branch of the fictitious paper company Wernham Hogg (where "life is stationery"). The show has no laugh track and is in the mockumentary style, devised at a time when documentaries such as Airport and A Life of Grime (which follow people performing their jobs) were popular. The office is headed by regional manager David Brent (Gervais) and his assistant ("to the regional manager"), Gareth Keenan (Mackenzie Crook), who is also a lieutenant in the Territorial Army. Much of the series' comedic success stems from Brent, who frequently makes attempts to win favor with his employees and peers with embarrassing or disastrous results. Brent's character flaws are used to comic effect, including numerous verbal gaffes, unconscious racism, sexism and other social faux-pas. The Office is essentially a character-based comedy, following around the people who work in the office environment. While being more of an ensemble piece than star-driven, four characters in particular are the primary focus of the show: Characters:

Maverick. funny. sales rep. oblivious. arrogant Politically incorrect GM of Wernham Hogg Offensive Awkward Tim Canterbury: Practical joker. ex-military. served in Territorial Army Dawn Tinsley – Receptionist. unattractive.David Brent general manager of Wernham Hogg paper merchants. flirtatious. Secondary characters Chris “Finchy” Finch (Ralph Ineson): David’s best friend and drinking buddy Jennifer Taylor-Clarke (Stirling Gallacher): David’s boss Lee (Joel Beckett): Dawn’s fiancé Ricky (Oliver Chris): David’s new temp . hates his job Unfulfilled/ unsatisfied Gareth Keenan clueless. likeable. irritating. anal. humorless.

I mean. Jennifer has good news for David. The girls love me.Vocabulary Warehouse Forklift driver Branch Head Office Drunkard Blottoed Bladdered Mates Pub crawl Filing cabinet Downsize Redundancies Pint Mental Temp agency hypocrite Comic Relief: A British Charity that organizes a television fundraiser for people living in poverty in Africa Ali G: A character played by a British actor of middle Eastern descent True or False 1. T / F 6.” T/F T/F . T/F Quotes: “Can I call you back? Something’s just come up” – “I bought it for $1200. T / F 4. David feels offended by Dawn’s comments on his drinking. There’s people starving in the world – which I hate. And it’s a waste. T/F 5. “If I have to work with him for another day. and now it’s worth three grand” – “Eat it out. David puts the fax from Head Office in the filing cabinet 2. done it up. I’ll slit my throat. we play hard. 3.” – “I let them get away with murder and they let me. Tim doesn’t care about possibly losing his job. Malcolm” “Anton’s a lovely bloke – don’t get me wrong” “Do you mind if I go out for a drink with this lot?” “We work hard. David respects his boss.” – “It won’t be out of my hands. Gareth went out drinking last night. Jennifer.

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