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The Office (UK TV series)

The main cast of The Office

The Office is a BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award winning and Emmy-nominated 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 programme is about day-to-day lives of office employees in the Slough, Berkshire branch of the fictitious Wernham Hogg Paper Company. Although fictional and scripted, the programme takes the form of a documentary (a fictional documentary, i.e. a mockumentary), with the presence of the camera often acknowledged.

Two six-episode seasons were made, along with a pair of 45-minute Christmas specials. When it was first shown on BBC 2 it was nearly axed due to low ratings, but has since become one of the most successful British comedy exports of all time. As well as being shown internationally on BBC Worldwide channels such as BBC Prime, BBC America and BBC Canada, the series has been sold to broadcasters in over 80 countries, including ABC in Australia, TVNZ in New Zealand and the pan-Asian satellite channel STAR World, based in Hong Kong.

In May 2004 a French version called Le Bureau was made. A German version called Stromberg was made in October 2004. In November 2004 a Brazilian show on the Globo channel, Os Aspones, was also heavily modelled on the series' format. Four years after the show's critical success an American version was launched on NBC on 24 March 2005. A fifth adaptation, the French-Canadian\Quebec's La Job, had its TV debut in January 2007.

The show is set in Slough, England, a satellite town of London, immortalised for its lack of appeal by John Betjeman in his poem "Slough" ("Come, friendly bombs..."), 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 favour 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 other main plot line of the series, and many of the more human elements found in it, come from the unassuming Tim Canterbury (Martin Freeman), whose relationship with bored receptionist Dawn Tinsley (Lucy Davis) is a major arc in the series. Their flirtation soon builds to a mutual romantic attraction, despite her engagement to the dour and laddish warehouse worker, Lee (Joel Beckett).

The theme song for the show is "Handbags and Gladrags", arranged by Big George and originally written in the 1960s by Mike D'Abo, former vocalist for the pop group Manfred Mann.

David Brent (Ricky Gervais) is the general manager of the Slough offices of the Wernham Hogg paper merchants. He considers himself to be a successful maverick in the business world and a Renaissance man, talented in philosophy, music and comedy. Although he believes himself to be friendly, hilarious, and well-liked, he is in reality petty, pompous and snide. His immature behaviour comes across as he bumbles around the office—always hovering around the camera—telling unfunny jokes, performing hackneyed impressions and generally getting himself into trouble by talking before thinking. Although Brent considers himself to be a modern, politically correct man he often displays patronising (and at times offensive) attitudes towards women, ethnic minorities, homosexuals and disabled people.

Tim Canterbury (Martin Freeman) is a sales rep at Wernham Hogg. Unlike David Brent, Tim is funny and unpretentious. His witticisms and friendliness make him one of the most likeable characters of the show. However, he leads an unsatisfying life—at 30, he still lives with his parents and works at a job he believes to be completely pointless. Although he wishes to leave Wernham Hogg to pursue his greater aspirations, his insecurity has prevented him from taking any significant action. Stuck in his drab lifestyle, he maintains his sanity by pursuing an improbable romance with the receptionist, Dawn Tinsley, and by playing practical jokes on Gareth.

Gareth Keenan (Mackenzie Crook) is Tim's clueless deskmate and nemesis. Unlike Tim, Gareth is a humourless jobsworth with few attractive personality traits. He is obsessed with military violence and his service in the Territorial Army and perpetually annoys Tim with ridiculous, pretentious comments. He prides himself in being Team Leader, not realising his title is mostly meaningless, and imposes the little authority he has on his co-workers. Like David Brent, Gareth is arrogant and oblivious. The rest of the office quietly recognises Gareth as David Brent's lapdog. And Gareth continues to be proud of his close connections with David Brent, showing it off around the office. However it is seen in the Christmas special that Gareth has taken an ugly side against David Brent, patronising and humiliating him in front of the cameras, which is quite a turn of the tables as it is seen on several occasions in the first and second series that David is treating Gareth poorly.

Dawn Tinsley (Lucy Davis) is Wernham Hogg's receptionist, and David Brent's dogsbody (gofer). She frequently has to put up with Brent's attempts at humour and social interaction. Like her friend and co-worker Tim, she is aware of the sad state of her unfulfilling life—she has been in a long, rocky engagement with her fiancé Lee and gave up illustrating children's books to pursue her current fruitless career. In the Christmas special Dawn realises her true feelings for Tim and ends her relationship with Lee, arrives at the office party and kisses Tim.

Chris "Finchy" Finch (Ralph Ineson): David's so-called "best friend", he is probably the only character in the series who is genuinely cruel. He is a confident, openly sexist, rasping-voiced northerner with a natural flair for bullying others with swift, humiliating putdowns (with Brent being his usual target). He likes to dominate conversations and is successful with women, but shows a humourless vicious streak when he loses the staff quiz in series one. David acts as his lackey, laughing at his jokes and attempting to ride his coat-tails into the limelight. Finch repays him with disdain.

Lee (Joel Beckett): Dawn's fiancé, who works in the company's warehouse. She met him in school and they have been together ever since. Whereas Dawn has dreams and yearns to be playful, Lee is humourless, unromantic and casually and obliviously dismissive of Dawn's ideas of being an illustrator. His idea of an amorous proposal was a four-word notice in the newspaper—"Lee love Dawn, marriage?"—to save money. It is clear from an early stage that Dawn stays with him out of a fear of loneliness rather than real love—Lee is safe and dependable. Lee is also more physically imposing than Tim, Dawn's other potential interest, and for that reason Tim finds him intimidating.

Ricky (Oliver Chris): Introduced as David's new temp in the pilot. He was primarily featured in episode three, where he and Tim form a team for trivia night under the name "the Tits". The two end up winning, thanks to Ricky successfully answering a tie-breaker question on Shakespeare, against Chris Finch. Finch, angered, challenges him over the circumstances of the victory in a petty feud, where Ricky calls him and Brent "sad little men". It is announced by Brent in the season one finale that Ricky is leaving.

Donna (Sally Bretton): Donna is introduced in Series 1, Episode 2 as the daughter of David's best friends Ron and Elaine, who has come to work at the office, and is staying with David. Donna makes a quick impact in the office, and fails to reciprocate Gareth's romantic feelings towards her. Later, David confronts her for not returning home, and Donna angrily announces she stayed at her boyfriend's house, later revealed to be Ricky. She is almost always wearing a purple top.

Neil Godwin (Patrick Baladi): David's boss in the second series. Originally David's counterpart at the Swindon branch of the company, Neil was promoted ahead of him when David failed a medical examination. Neil is young, charming, professional and energetic, yet seemingly aware of this and somewhat smug. He is a more competent manager than David, has a better relationship with the staff and, to pour vinegar into the wound, finds it easier to make the staff laugh. Brent is hugely resentful and jealous of him, and makes occasional (and largely unsuccessful) attempts to either undermine or rival him.

Rachel (Stacey Roca): Another of the series two intake from Swindon. Rachel is bubbly and considered attractive by both Gareth and Tim. She and Tim start a relationship, making Dawn somewhat melancholy. After a deluded Gareth reveals his plans to seduce Rachel, he is shocked to discover that Rachel and Tim are now an item. However, toward the end of the second series, as she begins to pressure Tim to make a greater commitment, Tim realises that his ongoing love for Dawn is far greater than his feelings for Rachel and breaks off the relationship. This is following a kiss between Dawn and Tim. Rachel is not seen again after the second series.

Trudy (Rachel Isaac): Welsh Trudy is first introduced in series two as one of several of the new intake from the Swindon branch. Almost immediately, she establishes herself as something of a fun time girl, blending in well with the rest of the staff and enjoying a booze fuelled birthday celebration in her honour at the office. Her casual, sexually charged nature doesn't go unnoticed by the male members of staff and both Gareth and Chris Finch take interest in her. We see her and Finch having sex in the less than exotic surroundings of a car park. By the time of the Christmas special, it initially seems that Trudy has mellowed somewhat, although she is seen in a passionate clinch with Oliver by the end of the Christmas party. Trudy is also quick to challenge Brent's style of management.

Oliver (Howard Saddler): One of the series two intake from Swindon. Oliver is good natured, tolerant, easy-going and quiet, which is lucky for him as he is the only black person working in the office. As such he is the target for most of David's well-meaning but hideously misguided attempts to show what a politically correct and racially tolerant man he is. In the Christmas Specials, we see Oliver's co-worker Sheila clearly attracted to him, although he actually ends up in a steamy clinch with the more confident Trudy.

Brenda (Julie Fernandez): Another of the former employees of the Swindon branch, Brenda is a wheelchair user, which naturally brings out the worst in David. During a fire drill, he and Gareth attempt to carry Brenda down the stairs but ultimately, as they see it as being too much effort for a mere drill, abandon her on the way down. Brenda is not impressed by David's patronising behaviour. She, like Oliver, is another character whose purpose is to highlight the gap between David's vision of himself as a modern enlightened man and the reality of his ignorance and thoughtlessness. Gareth, like Brent, is also seen to be incredibly awkward around Brenda.

In 2004, Microsoft UK commissioned two 20-minute corporate videos featuring David Brent being interviewed by Jeff (Stephen Merchant), a Microsoft employee who becomes increasingly exasperated by Brent's antics. The ongoing theme is Brent's obvious resentment at the company's success. Brent also appears to believe he has what it takes to become the next managing director of Microsoft and continually drops hints to that effect. While not on general release, the videos emerged on the internet in 2006. They were posted on both YouTube and Google Video. The clips also appeared on certain peer-to-peer networks. Microsoft was unhappy with the leak, stating that the videos "were never intended to be viewed by the public".

In January 2004, The Office won the Golden Globe Award for "Best Television Series: Musical Or Comedy", beating nominees Arrested Development, Monk, Sex and the City and Will & Grace. It was the only British comedy in 25 years to be nominated for a Golden Globe, and the first ever to win one. Ricky Gervais was also awarded the Golden Globe for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series: Musical or Comedy" for his role.

The series won the Best TV Comedy award, and Gervais the Best TV Comedy Actor award, at the British Comedy Awards 2002.

In 2004, the BBC's Britain's Best Sitcom public poll voted it the 25th all-time favourite out of a preselected list of 100.

All vocal versions feature the vocal performance of Waysted vocalist Fin.

In series one, episode four, a version performed by Ricky Gervais (in character as David Brent) was featured over the end credits.

The first series also features Gervais performing 'Freelove Freeway' and the second series includes him performing 'If you don't know me by now'. Both of these songs are included in full on the DVD Box set, with Noel Gallagher accompanying for Freelove Freeway.

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List of characters from The Office (US TV series)

The following is a list of characters from the U.S. version of The Office. The Office is a television series based on the British television comedy of the same name. The format of the series, a parody of the fly on the wall documentary technique that intersperses traditional situation comedy segments with mock interviews with the show's characters, provides the audience access to the ongoing interior monologues for all of the main characters, as well as occasional insights into other characters within the show.

The similarities between characters in the U.S and UK versions are summarized separately.

All characters have been present since Season 1 unless otherwise stated.

Madge Madsen (Karly Rothenberg) Dock Worker. Madge is a female warehouse employee who played against the office team during the Basketball game (which led to Michael's crude reference to her as "the East German gal"). When Michael led the male office workers into the warehouse for some "guy time," Madge excused herself from the proceedings. Michael mistook her name by calling her "Pudge" and later "Padge", not knowing her real name. Michael and Dwight stole her uniform when heading out to prank the Utica branch during "Branch Wars", and Jim ended up wearing it during the whole fiasco.

Phillip is a Dock Worker who is visibly shocked at Michael's antics.

Lester is a Dock Worker. Along with Darryl, Roy, and Michael, he watched the sexual harassment video sent by Corporate.

Jerry DiCanio (Matt DeCaro) is a Dock Worker. In the episode Basketball, Michael, knowing that his team is winning, claims that Jerry's inadvertent elbow hit to Michael's face is an intentional foul. Michael then declares that their "friendly" game has led to violence, and abruptly ends the game, declaring his team the winner. He shares his name with an NBC executive.

Michael (Lamont Ferrell) is a Dock Worker who gives Michael Scott a ride home, getting stuck for an hour in traffic, only to find that Michael (Scott) has forgotten his name the following week.

Karen Filippelli (Rashida Jones); Regional Manager, Utica Branch. Karen was a sales representative at the Stamford branch before transferring to the Scranton branch after Stamford's closing. She dated fellow employee Jim Halpert. After their relationship ended, Karen transferred to Utica to become the branch's Regional Manager. She married and was 8 months pregnant by the time Michael and Pam came to give a lecture (Lecture Circuit). It appears as though there are no hard feelings from her time at Scranton, she holds no grudge against Pam for wooing Jim away from her.

Todd F. Packer (David Koechner) is a boorish Traveling Sales Representative. He tells obscene, disrespectful 'jokes' (such as ridiculing Jim for being "queer") which offend everyone except Michael for the most part, though in one deleted scene from Season 1 Michael is uncomfortable when Packer starts telling a Jewish joke and quickly changes the subject. He refers to Jan as "Ol' Godzillary.". It is not stated what the 'F' stands for, although shortly after his first encounter with Packer, Ryan suggests that it stands for 'Fudge'.

Although Michael considers Packer to be his best friend, their friendship appears to be largely one-sided, with Packer treating Michael more like an audience for (and occasional target of) his jokes rather than a friend. However, Packer has said they are friends. He once picked up a bouncer's girlfriend while he and Michael were at a convention and left Michael behind, after which Michael was savagely beaten up by the bouncer and his friends. A dedicated prankster, Packer left a highly odorous substance in Michael's office in "The Carpet", which was never clearly revealed onscreen.

Because of a DUI, Packer cannot drive his red Chevrolet Corvette convertible. His personalized Pennsylvania license plate "WL HUNG" causes Ryan Howard to wonder if Packer is a big fan of William Hung, even though it is supposed to mean "well hung". According to Packer, everyone asks him that.

Packer has flirted obnoxiously with Pam, causing her to pretend to have to be on the phone for hours. He has also approached Karen before finding out that she is dating Jim, to which he responds by claiming that Jim "must have been scared straight." In Sexual Harassment, Jim is seen in one of the talking head interviews stating that he hates Todd Packer.

Todd Packer's counterpart in the UK version is Chris Finch.

In The Carpet, Michael says that Todd Packer used to sit in Dwight's seat when he came into the office during Michael's days as a salesman.

David Wallace (Andy Buckley), the Chief Financial Officer, was first introduced in "Valentine's Day". Wallace replaced Randall, the former CFO who resigned after sexual harassment charges were brought against him. He attends a meeting with Jan, Michael, and Josh along with the two other regional managers: Craig from the Albany branch and Dan Gore from the Buffalo branch. After Craig reveals that Michael and Jan hooked up, Wallace does not punish the two after hearing Michael's explanation, and laughs when Michael refers to the incompetent, careless Craig as a "tool". When it is announced in "Branch Closing" that the Scranton Branch would be closing, Michael and Dwight go to his house to get Wallace to change his mind. However, he is not home and the Scranton branch is later saved by reasons unrelated to their presence. In "Cocktails", Wallace invites the company to his home for cocktails. However, he finds the event boring and plays basketball with Jim, whom he asks about what's going on between Michael and Jan.

In "Beach Games", Wallace invites Michael to interview for a corporate position, which Jim and Karen apply for as well. During the interview in "The Job", he reveals that the corporate position is actually Jan's job, whom the company will fire once they hire her replacement. Michael reveals this to Jan, who in turn angrily barges into Wallace's office. Wallace claims the firing was due to Jan's mental state, the numerous personal days she had been taking, and the lack of work she had been completing. In "The Deposition", his testimony reveals that while he thinks Michael is a nice guy, he never considered Michael a serious contender for Jan's old Corporate job (which ended up going to Ryan Howard); Michael seems hurt by the truth but mollified by David's sincere-seeming "nice guy" comments, which lead to him siding with the company over Jan and dooming her lawsuit. Wallace's wife's name is Rachel, and they have a son. Like Michael, he despises his office's HR representative, whose name is Kendall.

David is displeased when he learns that Michael is dating HR rep Holly Flax and transfers her back to Nashua, New Hampshire. He sends Michael to Winnipeg, Manitoba in an attempt to cheer him, but Michael expresses his anger at the transfer by scolding him which in turn, illustrates to David that Michael was aware of his boss' ploy to cheer him over transferring Holly. In "Lecture Circuit", Michael and Pam go on a tour to all the branches to lecture them about the financial success of their branch while all the other branches are experiencing low numbers in their sales. Nashua is the only branch Michael is not allowed to visit, an order which Michael defies when he and Pam decide to visit anyway so Michael can get closure with Holly.

Apparently, David has not replaced Ryan after his termination at the end of season four.

Dan Gore (Dan Cole) is the Regional Manager of the Buffalo branch. He was first introduced in "Valentine's Day" attending the meeting with the new CFO, David Wallace. He also attended Wallace's cocktail party in "Cocktails", and was seen in "Launch Party" trying to see if his branch's camera was working. He was one of the company leaders who attended Ryan's wilderness retreat, along with Toby (and not the pointedly un-invited Michael Scott).

Troy Undercook (Noel Petok) works in banking at the corporate office. Troy Undercook is notorious for encouraging Ryan Howard's partying and cocaine abuse. Dwight Schrute is convinced that Troy is in fact a hobbit. Troy originally appeared in The Deposition episode with no lines. He then reappeared with a more pivotal role in Night Out, and then returned once again in Goodbye, Toby in a deleted scene.

Sadiq (Omi Vaidya), does tech support. In "E-mail Surveillance", he shows Michael how to monitor his employees' email. His turban initially leads Michael to assume he is a terrorist. He later attends Jim's barbecue (to the consternation of Michael, who still doesn't appear to trust Sadiq's motives). In "Fun Run", he cleans a computer virus from Pam's computer. He is a Sikh but resents being only classified by his religion, telling a meeting during "Fun Run" that he likes listening to hip hop and National Public Radio, and is restoring a 1967 Corvette.

Roy Anderson, (David Denman); Former Warehouse Dock Worker. Roy was engaged to receptionist Pam for a lengthy period, before she broke off the engagement. The two dated for almost a decade before Roy finally tells Pam that he is ready to set a date for their wedding on the company's booze cruise, thwarting Jim's plan to confess his love for Pam. Roy's general disinterest in the actual wedding puts all the planning responsibility on Pam; after she calls off both the wedding and the engagement, Phyllis "steals" every detail that Pam had planned and essentially recreates the wedding for herself and fiance Bob Vance. At the reception, Roy (who is desperately trying to win Pam back) mentions to Pam that the flowers are the same color as the ones he got her for their high school prom; Pam is clearly frustrated that he doesn't recognize the details of what was to be his own wedding. Roy makes several lame attempts at winning Pam's affections again, culminating in Pam telling that if he's going to be her boyfriend, he has to do boyfriend things. He is subsequently forced to accompany her to a happy hour outing at Poor Richard's Pub, where he learns that Jim kissed Pam at Casino Night. He later tries to attack Jim in the office, but is pepper sprayed by Dwight and promptly fired from Dunder Mifflin. Pam tries to convince Jim, who is already cool to her in this season because of her rejection of his declaration of love the previous season, that she and Roy are really through for good; he doesn't believe her. When Roy returns to the office days later to apologize to Jim, he convinces Pam to join him for coffee, which seems to convince Jim that his suspicions are correct and Roy and Pam will start dating again. However, over coffee, Roy actually tries to convince Pam to start dating Jim, and seems to let go of their relationship gracefully. Roy later resurfaces when he meets Daryl, who has Jim with him for drinks. Now working at The Vitamin Shoppe, Roy and Jim converse when Jim mentions his engagement to Pam. Roy congratulates Jim and shakes his hand.

Devon White (Devon Abner); former office worker, working in Supplier Relations. He was an office employee who sat across from Creed (who is directly responsible for getting Devon fired, to save his own job). Devon was reluctantly laid off by Michael on "Halloween", and took it badly. In a bid to salvage their "friendship", Michael offered Devon free Chili's gift certificates which Devon ripped up in Michael's face. While storming out, Devon invited "Kevin, Jim, Pam, Kelly, Toby, Oscar, Meredith, Phyllis, Stanley, and the temp," to drinks, leaving out Angela, Dwight, Michael, and Creed. This implies he was never friendly with Angela and Dwight. Devon then smashes a pumpkin on Michael's car in retaliation. The episode marks his only dialogue in front of the camera. When Michael later receives a $3,000 Christmas bonus because Dunder Mifflin saved money through downsizing, he considers calling Devon to thank him, saying "some good came of it." Ever since he was fired, he hasn't been seen, though he has been mentioned.

Devon was also warned by Dwight in "The Dundies" to keep his speech short. On the Season One DVD, a deleted scene from Diversity Day shows Devon with a "West Nile" sign on his forehead, as he escapes the seminar for a smoke. On the Season Two DVD, a deleted scene from "Valentine's Day" shows Michael walking down the street in New York City, only to have a seemingly homeless pedestrian begin to chase after him, yelling at Michael as he chases him. In the following scene, Michael reveals that it was Devon chasing him, and cluelessly reflects that it was nice to see Devon again and get closure on their whole story.

This character has nothing to do with the former baseball player of the same name.

Josh Porter (Charles Esten) Stamford Regional Manager. Introduced in the "Valentine's Day" episode (and first mentioned- although not seen- in the "Pilot"), Josh was the Regional Manager of the Stamford branch before its closure in "Branch Closing".

A colleague of Michael's and seemingly a more responsible and competent boss, his presentation to the new CFO of Dunder Mifflin was far more professional in comparison to Michael's. Jim worked for him in Stamford and seemed to look up to him (taking after his practice of biking to work). Although Michael resents Josh, initially because he believes Jim prefers Josh as a boss over Michael, which is later proven to not be true.

In deleted scenes from the episode "The Convention" Josh states that he once spent time working on a Kibbutz in Israel and when Dwight asks if they grew beets there Josh says they focused on growing oranges; tells Dwight he was once a member of the United States Coast Guard; says he doesn't want to comment on Michael and Jan because it's gross; and declines Jan's offer to join her in her room for a drink.

According to Creed (in "Grief Counseling"), Ed was "drunk as a skunk" and driving on Route 6 when he managed to go under an 18-wheeler, decapitating himself. Michael doesn't take the death of his former boss too well, leading to grief counseling for his employees. Ironically, Michael doesn't have any feelings of grief until Kelly makes a big deal out of it. Michael requests that a statue of Ed be erected in his memory, but Jan nixes the suggestion, stating that Corporate wouldn't like it. As a compromise, there is a plaque honoring him hanging between Michael's office and the conference room.

Ronnie was the replacement for Pam as receptionist when she went to art school. Michael was visibly unappreciative of her, and he later had Ronnie replaced with Ryan. The only episode Ronnie is in is Weight Loss.

Tom Peets, according to the season two episode, "Performance Review," was a former Dunder Mifflin Scranton accountant. Michael noted that Tom was "weird." Apparently, Tom suffered from mental illness and shot himself. For the first three seasons, he was simply referred to as "Tom." His full name was finally revealed on May 2, 2008, when NBC uploaded Dwight's organization charts from the fourth season episode "Did I Stutter?" as .pdf files available for download. In a DVD extra for the Fourth Season DVD set, the writers revealed that Tom's suicide was a joke but by setting it one year prior to the discovery of a note from Tom they realized that the suicide would have been the day before Ryan was hired as a ...thus making Ryan Tom's replacement.

After Josh Porter throws the planned absorption of the Scranton Branch into disarray, corporate decides that Scranton will absorb Stamford. Six Stamford Branch employees are transferred to Scranton: Tony Gardner, Martin Nash, Hannah Smoterich-Barr, Karen Filippelli, Andy Bernard and Jim Halpert (who formerly worked at Scranton). The first three listed above quit almost immediately, because of Michael's management methods and other office problems; Andy and Jim stay. Karen stays for a considerable amount of time (the remainder of Season 3) but eventually transfers to the Utica branch after Jim breaks up with her.

Tony Gardner was a worker at the Stamford branch, and is one of the six employees that were transferred to Scranton during "The Merger". Tony also has a tendency to whine, as shown in his first appearance in the "Diwali" episode, when his chips get stuck in a vending machine, and he asks Karen to use her "skinny little arms" to help him get them out. Before even meeting Tony, Dwight tries to persuade Michael to fire him on his first day in order to scare the new employees straight. On Tony's first day, he can hardly take Michael's antics, but he hits his breaking point when Michael and Dwight tried to lift his large person onto a table for an orientation demonstration (Michael refers to his leg as a "hock"). Humiliated and angry, Tony quits, admitting that he was not completely sure about transferring to begin with, but mostly blaming Michael's management style. An insulted Michael fires Tony instead, resulting in Dunder Mifflin having to pay him severance which infuriates Jan.

Martin Nash (Wayne Wilderson) Supplier Relations. Martin Nash worked at the Stamford branch, and was one of the six employees transferred to Scranton in "The Merger". According to a deleted scene from The Merger Martin is 37 years old. Before working at Dunder Mifflin, he served time in prison after getting busted for insider trading (which Kevin says is strangely similar to what he does). However, since he was put in a minimum-security facility, Martin claims his time in prison was just really boring. When he was released, he was hired by Josh through a federal reformed convict employment program, which allows Dunder Mifflin to receive rebate checks. Michael made a bad first impression on Martin, when he told the African-American employee, "I will show you where all the slaves work." He attempted to befriend Stanley, but failed. In "The Convict", when Martin's past is revealed to the office, Michael overly stresses his trust in Martin to everyone, worried that people would see him as a racist for looking at him as an ex-convict. However, since Martin's tales from prison were generally positive, everyone actually envies his experience compared to their jobs, frustrating Michael. Martin is the second employee from the Stamford branch to leave because of Michael's management style, particularly after Michael makes his prison sentence the focal point of one of his seminars.

Hannah Smoterich-Barr (Ursula Burton) Accounting. Hannah worked at the Stamford branch, and was one of the six employees transferred to Scranton. She engaged in every single action by which the mother of an infant can make her co-workers uncomfortable. In "The Merger", Hannah had unpleasant encounters with Ryan (who found it impossible to concentrate while she was using a breast milk pump) and Creed (who photographed her left breast and made it his computer's desktop wallpaper). She dresses her infant son in pink, claiming it's his "favorite color," and snaps when anyone assumes the child is female. Hannah quits her job while Michael is on vacation at Sandals in Jamaica, after complaining of the hostile environment and claiming harassment, making her the third transferred employee from the Stamford branch to quit at Scranton.

Carol Stills (Nancy Walls, wife of actor Steve Carell) is Michael's real estate agent. She has two children. Michael entertained her kids at an ice-skating rink and she was Michael's date to the casino night. In a deleted scene, it is revealed that after "Casino Night," Michael continued seeing her over the three months in between the second and third seasons . Carol rejected Michael's marriage proposal after they had been on nine dates. In "A Benihana Christmas," after Michael gave her an inappropriate Christmas card of them (which was actually a family photo with Michael's face superimposed over Carol's ex-husband) she rejects his Christmas gift of two tickets to Jamaica and breaks up with him. In a deleted scene from that episode, Carol responds to Michael's question of what he did wrong with a very long list of complaints, and when Michael asks what he did right, she hangs up on him.

Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration (Robert R. Shafer) is Phyllis Lapin's husband and owner of Vance Refrigeration, a neighboring tenant in the office park. He always introduces himself as "Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration," even in his wedding vows. He is seen for the first time in "Christmas Party" and introduces himself to Kevin, Stanley, and Ryan in exactly that manner individually even though they were all standing next to each other. This leads Ryan to jokingly ask "So...what line of work are you in Bob?" It is implied that he is involved in illegal activities based on the facts that he was indicted by the grand jury and was seen having large amount of cash readily available. On Valentine's Day, he sent a number of gifts to Phyllis at the office, each card signed with his tagline. He also supplied a mini-fridge as a "Casino Night" prize. In "Initiation", he referred to Michael and Stanley as "a pair of Marys" after they ordered Phyllis to get to the back of the pretzel line, instead of letting the two kiss. He is a friendly and helpful neighbor to Dunder Mifflin, including offering to pump the employees' car tires back full of air after Michael had flattened them in an attempt to create office camaraderie in "The Merger." When word gets out that the Scranton branch is shutting down, Bob offers to buy the Dunder Mifflin warehouse, therefore allowing all the workers there to keep their jobs. In "Ben Franklin" a bachelor party is held for him in the Dunder Mifflin warehouse before his wedding, but he refuses to be entertained by the stripper Michael hires. He eventually marries Phyllis in "Phyllis' Wedding," invites all her coworkers, and kicks Michael out after an embarrassing toast. In a deleted scene from "Women's Appreciation," he comes to the Dunder Mifflin office to comfort Phyllis after she is flashed, then takes her for a walk to calm her nerves. He drives a GMC Yukon and is a Unitarian ("Fun Run"). He is portrayed as an attentive and dedicated husband who is deeply in love with Phyllis. During the wedding episode, Phyllis mentions "baby mama drama" because Bob's other family from Ho Chi Minh City is coming in, but this has not been mentioned otherwise. In the 2nd episode of the Outburst webisodes, Oscar mentioned that Bob had been indicted by a grand jury. However, Phyllis states that all the charges were dropped after none of the witnesses showed up. In the episode "Chair Model" Bob and three other members of "The Five Families," W.B. Jones, Bill Cress and Paul Faust convene to resolve a dispute over the parking lot brought before them by Kevin and Andy. In "Goodbye Toby" Bob attends the going away party for Toby and in a deleted scene is shown giving Phyllis a large sum of cash so that her debut as head of the Party Planning Committee will be success. In "Crime Aid," Bob attends Michael's auction intent on winning the Bruce Springsteen tickets, but after a spirited bidding war with Dwight, ends up buying a hug from Phyllis for $1000.

Mose (played by writer Michael Schur) is Dwight's cousin and house mate at the Schrute family beet farm. In "The Injury," Michael refers to Mose as Dwight's "weirdo cousin" who is "27 years old (and) never left the beet farm;" later, he is shown in the warehouse. Mose wears an Amish-style beard and clothing, and speaks and behaves in a naive and childlike manner, sometimes appearing mentally unstable and very socially awkward. Dwight easily dominates him mentally. The uncommon name Mose is a variant of Moses, and its use steadily declined in the decades following 1900. Mose can be seen in a photo on Dwight's desk. He made his first live appearance in "Initiation," where he takes part in Dwight's misguided attempts to haze Ryan in the beet farm. Ryan decides he has had enough when Dwight tells him he must now wrestle Mose. Ryan storms off and Mose tells Dwight that Ryan seems nice. As an apology he leaves some eggs, bacon and a whittling in the shape of the Venus of Willendorf with Dwight. In "Money," when Pam and Jim stay at the Schrute Farms bed and breakfast, Pam looks out the window at night to see Mose using an outhouse. Dwight later tells Jim that Mose has had nightmares ever since "the storm". Like Dwight, Mose is a skilled table tennis player; at the end of the "The Deposition," Dwight and Mose play a high-skilled match in the warehouse at Dunder Mifflin. In the final episode of Season 4, Goodbye, Toby, Mose again makes an appearance when he helps Dwight in his further misguided attempts at "hazing" Toby's replacement, Holly, on whom Michael has a crush. He also appears in The Surplus when Dwight is giving Andy and Angela a tour of the beet farm. He is seen playing catch with Andy, and eventually throwing the ball at Andy's head.

Hank (Hugh Dane) is head of security at the office park. His first appearance is Hank sitting at his desk as Michael exits the building at the end of "Halloween." In "Drug Testing", Michael "pulls a few strings" and makes Dwight official Security Supervisor for the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch. Michael has Hank declare Dwight an "honorary volunteer corporal in charge of assisting all activity security". An annoyed Hank says "I don't think so" to Dwight's requests to both have a gun or bring his bo staff. In "Night Out", Jim forgets to let Hank know that the office workers would be working late and Hank locks them and their cars behind the parking lot's gate. Unsure of Hank's name, Jim calls Hank's number on Toby's cell phone to ask him to come and unlock the gate. The other office workers realize that they never tipped Hank last Christmas (Jim forgot to collect it) and Hank will probably not come help them. Later, the Scranton Business Park cleaning crew arrives to unlock the gate, and Hank arrives some time later to find everyone had left without notifying him. When Toby Flenderson leaves the office at the end of Season 4, Michael brings Hank to escort him out, to Toby's annoyance. He plays the guitar in Crime Aid while selling CD's to help repay for the robbery. Hank is also called upon by Michael to decide what the Dunder Mifflin staff should do with extra money in The Surplus but is abruptly dismissed after not being able to make a quick decision.

Katy Moore (Amy Adams) is an attractive handbag saleswoman who stops by the office in "Hot Girl." Dwight considers her to be his ideal woman. Both Michael and Dwight make a move on her; Michael by flirting aggressively, and Dwight by showing interest in purchasing a handbag. However, she ignores their advances and later dates Jim for a few months. After Pam and Roy decide to set a date for their wedding, a devastated Jim breaks up with Katy on the "Booze Cruise" episode when he admits that the two will never be as deeply in love with each other as Roy and Pam seem to be. Along with Toby, Katy is a graduate of Bishop O'Hara High School, where she was a cheerleader. She bonds with Pam's then-fiance Roy on the Booze Cruise when they realize they went to rival high schools and she cheered at games against the football team Roy played on. She drives a Volkswagen Jetta. One of her Desert Island Movies is Legally Blonde.

In "Diversity Day", corporate sends consultant Mr. Brown (played by producer/writer Larry Wilmore) to mediate a healthy discussion of diversity issues with the office staff after receiving complaints about Michael's inflammatory impersonation of a Chris Rock speech. However, Michael's juvenile humor and off-the-wall antics take a toll on Mr. Brown, and he tells Michael that corporate sent him to specifically give Michael the diversity training. Mr. Brown is later seen in "Gay Witch Hunt," giving the Stamford branch the same diversity training he gave the Scranton Branch; he alludes to incidents at the Scranton branch as the reason he is in Stamford.

Billy Merchant (Marcus A. York), property manager of the office park in which Dunder Mifflin's Scranton office is located. Billy has used a wheelchair since the age of four. He is invited to the office in "The Injury" to speak about being disabled after Michael burns his foot on a George Foreman Grill, is offended by Michael's stupid and thoughtless remarks, but also brings to Jim's attention the serious concussion Dwight has suffered from crashing his car. Billy attends "Casino Night" with his girlfriend, a Chili's waitress, whom Michael mistakes for his nurse. He participates in the Fun Run. Billy shares his last name with original series co-creator Stephen Merchant.

Elizabeth (Jackie Debatin) is hired by Dwight to strip at Bob Vance's bachelor party in "Ben Franklin". Bob Vance refuses to let Elizabeth lap dance on him, and Michael starts to let Elizabeth do it for him, to the tune of Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love," before deciding that he would be cheating on Jan. Dwight makes Elizabeth answer phones after the failed bachelor party because the company paid for three hours of work from her. When the office needs a medical person to receive a check for the proceeds of their fund-raiser (made out to Science), Elizabeth is hired to come back dressed as a "nurse" and receive Michael's check to help cure rabies during the Season 4 opener, "Fun Run." She is later seen flirting with Darryl.

Alex (Rich Sommer) is a student at the Pratt Institute in New York who quickly befriends Pam during her summer internship. The two share a couple of jokes about two of the professors in "Weight Loss". He makes another appearance in "Customer Survey", where he tries to convince Pam to not return to Scranton, but instead stay in New York to pursue her career in art. It is insinuated through these appearances that he may be attracted to Pam, and Jim mentions to her in "Customer Survey" that "he is totally into you".

Tom (Blake Robbins) and Pete (Tug Coker) are Jim's brothers who have lunch with Jim and Pam in "Employee Transfer". Pam decides to meet with them before lunch to play a prank on Jim. Tom and Pete decide to make fun of her interest in art in front of Jim as a prank, as opposed to Pam's idea of losing her engagement ring. During lunch, they make numerous insults towards Pam's art career in front of Jim, who comes to her defense. After the argument escalates, Tom and Pete reveal it to be a prank, with Pam awkwardly confirming this. Afterward, Jim receives a text message from them welcoming Pam into the family, and Pam suggests they should "prank" Tom about being bald over Thanksgiving.

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List of The Office (UK TV series) episodes

The following is a list of episodes from the BBC television series, The Office.

In total, there are fourteen episodes of The Office (six in each series and two 45-minute episodes making up the Christmas special).

Series One of The Office was first broadcast in the UK between 9 July and 20 August 2001. Alternate episode titles are given in quotations.

The second series of The Office was originally broadcast in the UK between 30 September and 4 November 2002.

After the conclusion of the second series, creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant stated that no more series would be filmed. However, they did write and film two additional 45-minute episodes, which first aired in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 26 December (Boxing Day) and 27 December 2003.

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant also created two "Office Values" videos for Microsoft to be shown during in-house training. Gervais reprises the role of David Brent and Merchant portrays a Microsoft employee interviewing him for his managerial skills.

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