British Mockumentary Work Com
(2001-2003) in the style of a fly on the wall, created by Ricky Gervais
and Stephen Merchant
The main setting is the administrative office of paper supplies company Wernham Hogg
, presided over by Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
David Brent. His Number Two
, Gareth Keenan, is an unpleasant, pathetic loser with a military obsession. The most sympathetic character is Tim Canterbury, the witty clerk whose friendship with receptionist Dawn Tinsley borders on the romantic. The series was met with great critical acclaim and won several awards, hailed for its original style and subtle, insightful humour.
The series is a mockumentary
: the characters are very aware of the cameras being on them
, all the time. Brent in particular is given to preening and showing off for the camera, and Gareth explicitly notes that he's only behaving a certain way because "they're filming".
Inspired the highly successful American adaption
of the series. Also highly successful is the German remake Stromberg
, wherein the main protagonist Bernd Stromberg
(the German version of David Brent) works for an insurance company. It has also inspired French (Le Bureau), French-Canadian (La Job), Chilean (La Ofis), Israeli (HaMisrad), and Swedish (Kontoret) remakes, as well as a still in-development Chinese version.
Came twenty-fifth in Britain's Best Sitcom
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