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by Allan Fish

(UK 2001-2003 440m) DVD1/2

Free love on the free love highway

p  Ash Atalla  d/w  Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant  theme song  “Handbags & Gladrags” by Mike d’Abo performed by Fin

Ricky Gervais (David Brent), Martin Freeman (Tim Canterbury), Mackenzie Crook (Gareth Keenan), Lucy Davis (Dawn Tinsley), Ralph Ineson (Chris Finch), Patrick Baladi, Ewan Macintosh, Oliver Chris, Stacey Roca, Stirling Gallacher, Joel Beckett,

True greatness in television comedy is not appointed lightly.  So many popular series have drifted along in their own complacency for far too long, not realising the damage they were doing to their own posterity.  Despite the undoubted quality of Father Ted and Spaced they didn’t quite join the likes of Fawlty Towers and Blackadder in the halls of the almighty and, ever since Edmund and his cronies climbed over the trenches in November 1989, British TV had searched for such a giant.  When The Office arrived on BBC2 it was hardly to a chorus of trumpets.  Indeed, viewing the first episode might have lead one to believe it was not a comedy at all, and that very factor was part of the masterstroke.  It so uncannily mimicked those TV documentaries that were then in vogue showing the behind the scenes life in hotels, airports and whatever, that it just seemed like another cringe-making peer into areas we weren’t supposed to see.  It wasn’t until some time into that first episode that you realised, many guffaws later, that what you were seeing unfolding could be greatness. (more…)

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