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The series started as a small, home-made video by Stephen Merchant when he was trying to get a job at the BBC. He came up with the idea for making a documentary style format as it would be easier for him to film. He and his colleague Ricky Gervais came up with The Office (2001) idea and used a local University to film it. Upon seeing the short video the BBC requested that they make a series out of it. Many of the jokes from this original film are recycled during the proper series for example, David Brent's opening speech about making employees' dreams come true.
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The cleaner who always stands motionless and looks directly at the camera is co-creator/director Stephen Merchant's father Ron Merchant.
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The first British sitcom in over 25 years to be nominated for a Golden Globe, and the first ever to win one.
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In every episode, there is a shot, from the exact same angle, of the photocopier making multiple copies of a document.
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Holds the record for highest non-feature DVD sales in the UK.
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The show was filmed at Teddington Studios though not actually in any of their studio spaces. It was filmed in their office building which is adjacent to the TV studios.
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(Region 2 DVD) At the first menu let the DVD run for a few minutes until you can hear the phone, then press 'select/ok' on your controller to answer the phone. Then you can watch the full length version of David Brent playing and singing "free love on the free love freeway" featured in The Office: Training (2001).
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The Cat Stevens song "Sitting" was originally considered for the theme music.
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Oliver Chris (Ricky), Sally Bretton (Donna) and Olivia Colman (Helena) would all go on to star in the Channel 4 sitcom 'Green Wing'.
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There are at least 6 versions or spin-offs of the show. Some of the series included are; The Office (uk), The Office (US), Le Bereau, La Job, La Ofis, and a German version called Stromberg. The longest running being the US version. The most successful could be argued as the UK version since it started the series.
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At the beginning of the first episode in Series 1, David is seen hiring a man for a forklift driver job. The same man is being fired by David at the beginning of episode 6.
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