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User currently offlineStarFlyer From Germany, joined Sep 2002, 987 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1354 times:

Hello a.netters from near and far,

about a year ago I watched "The Office" for the first time and I think it's one of the most hilarious comedies out there. Absolutely love the way it's done and that kind of humour.

Got myself the DVD as well when I was in England a couple of weeks ago... Awesome!

Anybody else love this piece of art?


Yours truly - StarFlyer
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User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1335 times:

"He's put my stapler in the jelly again."


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineStarFlyer From Germany, joined Sep 2002, 987 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1310 times:

Hey sorry Mark, just realized you posted something similar a while ago...
That stapler thing is in the very first episode and absolutely cracked me up!



Yours truly - StarFlyer
User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13253 posts, RR: 77
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1299 times:

Up there with 'Faulty Towers' IMHO, different with the creepiness of Brent rather than the manic energy of Basil Faulty, but with the embarrassment factor ramped way up.
Done well for the product of a first time writer, director, actor, it's success in the UK was by word of mouth, after it was first shown on BBC2 with little fanfare in 2001.
Not the first programme to lampoon 'docusoaps' but the best by a long way.

One of my favourite bits was when Brent, after finding a mocked up porn picture of himself circulating, talks to the camera crew about the problems of internet access in the workplace in his office, with his hapless sidekick Gareth by his side, using his PC to demonstrate how easy it is to find porn;
Brent; "Typing in...'sex fetish'...takes a minute, here we are, 100's of answers...take the first one.
Oh look, 'Dutch girls with big breasts must be punished', now you do not punish Dutch, or any other girls for that matter, for having big breasts".

Gareth; "If anything, they should be congratulated!"

Seen series 2 yet?
Just as good as the first.



User currently offlineVectorVictor From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1285 times:

I just watched the first series, back-to-back, last week. Not what I expected...it was even better. I was stunned at the accuracy of Brent's character...afterall, we've probably all worked with his type at one time or another.

User currently offlineSilverfox From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1058 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1278 times:

Excellent Series.
Also on a par with it is Phoenix Nights, very accurate portrayal of North of England 'clubland'

Glad to see that the US contingent enjoy it, before some high powered arseholes decides that the average viewer needs it dumbing down.


User currently offlineStarFlyer From Germany, joined Sep 2002, 987 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1276 times:

Anybody know if we can look forward to new episodes sometime down the line?


Yours truly - StarFlyer
User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1272 times:

There are two new episodes being shown this christmas, then that is it. Ricky Gervais has put on record that he does not want to make anymore.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/theoffice/
BTW Peter Kaye's new series is going to be about Max and Paddy (the two bouncers from Pheonix Nights) in their camper van and will take the style of a road movie.



"We are the warrior race-Tough men in the toughest sport." Brian Noble, Head Coach, Great Britain Rugby League.
User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13253 posts, RR: 77
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1264 times:

Good for Ricky, quit while your ahead.

I love Phoenix Nights too, a real masterpiece, saw Peter Kay's show in London in Febuary, a very funny man.


User currently offlineMt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6678 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1258 times:
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So much for not "dumbing down"

Sad.. Really Sad


On Same Day “Coupling” is Cancelled, NBC Formally Begins Work on “The Office"
Written 11-02-2003 by ChrisFaile

On Friday morning, it was announced that NBC had shut down further production of it’s critically-lambasted and low-rated “Coupling.” By that afternoon, sources tell FilmJerk.com, production was in full swing for the next intended BBC adaptation for U.S. audiences, “The Office.” According to our sources, a targeted February 2 lensing start for the half-hour pilot is in the cards and casting documents are now out to agents for the series’ lead characters

NBC’s "The Office - An American Workplace" is based on the hit BBC show "The Office," which has won four BAFTA's (the UK equivalent of the Emmys) and a Silver Rose at the recent Montreux TV Festival, Europe's top television awards. The DVD (season one) became BBC Worldwide's fastest-selling non-film DVD.

http://www.filmjerk.com/nuke/article676.html



Step into my office, baby
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1223 times:

The trouble with the re-makes is that they tend to get rid of the thing that made it funny in the first place. I don't know if it's true, but there was some talk of setting the US version in Manhattan. To me, that misses the point. It was set in Slough precisely because it's such a god-awful hole, Manhattan certainly isn't. It was the same with Ab Fab, when they removed the drinking and drug taking. I mean "hello?"  Insane It happens the other way around of course, from time to time there have been attempts to remake US comedies for UK audiences, it always fails. Just show the originals for heaven's sake.

Equally, The Office was never a mainstream hit. The audiences were never huge, it was more of an underground hit, the type that the BBC can get away with on BBC2 where audiences are not expected to be particularly large anyway. I can't see any remake having huge viewing figures without completely re-working it.

Still, the next one for you on the other side of the pond to look out for (presumably on BBC America) is Little Britain. Absolutely hilarious, extremely politically incorrect, and at times (the teenager going after grandma) extremely discomfiting. But very, very funny.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlinePacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2734 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1221 times:

I down-loaded the first series and thought it was great. Loved the episode when they go out to the club and get legless ... realistic or what ?

Seies 2 ? When is this ?



" Help, help ... I'm being oppressed ... "
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1219 times:

Series two came and went some time ago in the UK. You should be able to get it on DVD though. If anything it is worse (in the cringeingly embarassing sense, not the quality one) than series one. To be honest, it had gone as far as it could anyway, the type of programme it is meant that you just couldn't have series after series.


She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineVoodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1218 times:

Good point re: Manhatten =/= Slough = mistake.

Along the same lines, and though its a different type of show obviously, The Sopranos had a successful edge to it because it was/is in the New Jersey suburbs and not in the same old same old big city setting.



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User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1192 times:

Little Britain is brilliant, the characters are so wierd ,it is kind of on a par with The League of Gentlemen. My personal favourite,Daffyd the only gay man in the village!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/tv/littlebritain/



"We are the warrior race-Tough men in the toughest sport." Brian Noble, Head Coach, Great Britain Rugby League.
User currently offlineSilverfox From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1058 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1188 times:

Yep, Little Britain,
let the US moguls try and copy that!!

And Harry Hills TV bUrp is a very funny half Hour, and did you see Boris again oh HIGNFY?
I want to move to Henley so he is my MP!!


User currently offlineTeahan From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 5310 posts, RR: 61
Reply 16, posted (10 years 12 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1157 times:

Anyone watch the Christmas special? Definitely the best comedy I have seen for ages. Wish I set the VCR.




Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
User currently offlineFlygirlHels From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 12 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1156 times:

It is utterly hilarious... and boy do they have Slough down perfectly (having been there a few times myself)....

"When cherries are red, they're ready for plucking.. when girls are 16 they're ready for....." "GARETH!"

and who can forget Big Keith as Ali G telling poor Dawn about a bum bag being a fanny pack in the States because "over there fanny means your arse... not your minge..."


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13253 posts, RR: 77
Reply 18, posted (10 years 12 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1149 times:

Terrific, they did a good job of wrapping it all up, not neatly but that's in keeping with the whole series.
The acting is excellent, very realistic, 'Friends' (or any number of UK Friends rip-offs) it certainly ain't!



User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (10 years 12 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1133 times:

And Dawn came back for Tim! Not a dry eye in the house. Crying


"We are the warrior race-Tough men in the toughest sport." Brian Noble, Head Coach, Great Britain Rugby League.
User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (10 years 12 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1095 times:

I've got series 1 & 2 on DVD, it's great  Big thumbs up

Shame it's all over  Sad

Josh


User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (10 years 12 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1091 times:

Got to agree. It was one of the best comedies ever made. I couldn't believe that Dawn came back for Tim! Does anyone know if Ricky Gervais is going to make another comedy program?

DC-10


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