BBC's The Office (R2)

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  1. Joey

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    I've been watching the BBC sitcom, THE OFFICE, on BBC America, and recently on my quarterly visit to the UK, I decided to pick up the R2 DVD of the whole series (1) and it is amongst the funniest shows I've seen in a while. Anyway, has anyone had the chance to see this show? It's even more entertaining due to the fact that it takes place in Slough, UK (where I visit quite often and where some of my best friends live - no comments on the town, please - LOL). If you haven't, I highly recommend this show on BBC America!


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  2. Mark_Wilson

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    I finished watching this a few weeks ago. Very funny stuff! Is there a second season on right now over there?
     
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    Yes, there is, but I'm afraid I can't tell you more than that. Personally I can't face watching it - to me it's too close to reality.
     
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    I love The Office, my Office DVD is very closely treasured [​IMG] Hi Andrew, fellow inhabitant of Worcester!
     
  5. Joey

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    Yes, actually I believe the second series aired last year on BBC and it is going to be released on R2 DVD this fall, according to the BBC website. BBC Canada is actually currently showing the second series - and I think they showed the third episode of the second series yesterday. I taped it as I did not want to watch it out of order. [​IMG]
     
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    Andrew, the first few episodes were painful to watch. [​IMG]
     
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    Best comedy I've seen on TV in ages.

    I've watched series 1 and 2 on our cable network called UK TV.

    The first series is out here on DVD too. It's fantastic.

    I wonder what Ricky Gervais (star and co-creator) will do next.
     
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  9. Joey

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    I've also read that a third series has been ruled out which is sad. 12 total episodes seems too short for this gem. The appeal just stems from the show being too awfully close to real life for us office dwellers. I know the ABC Network here in the U.S. has bought the rights to produce an American version of the show - but I just can't imagine it comparing even remotely to the original as I don't believe the subtleness is going to translate well to the American writers' expectations of what the American audience will like.

    And that would be a shame since that is what makes it so appealing! IMHO, I think the show needs to be written by the people who understand the humor and unfortunately I don't have the confidence that the American writers will understand it. It'll end up being another throw-away mid season replacement sitcom that vaguely resembles the original.

    But then again, I guess I'm not being fair...
     
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  12. Jon Robertson

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    There is far more swearing (much of it very strong) in the show than any public US station could handle, so I can sort of see the logic in remaking it, as bleeps would be unstomachable. I very much doubt it will compare favourably to the UK original though.

    By the way, if you liked The Office, another great series on DVD with a complete tool as a main character is I'm Alan Partridge.
     
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    Terrific series, can't see a US version having the subtely to pull it off.

    I believe that Series 2 is due out this autumn on R2!
     
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    Series 2 has been announced here.
     
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  17. Joey

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    Good to hear that the second series is finally coming out. But all the way in October! They actually waited a whole year. [​IMG] This show is one of those that I keep laughing after seeing the same bit over and over again.

    I still don't look forward to the US version, though, despite Ricky Gervaise's input.
     
  18. Todd Terwilliger

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    The Office is awesome. I don't have Season1 yet on disc but it's on my short list. [​IMG]
     

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