Series / The Smoking Room
The Smoking Room
is a British television sitcom written by Brian Dooley, who won a BAFTA for the series in 2005. It centres around a group of people working in an office somewhere in London, taking their breaks in the titular smoking room. The first series, consisting of eight episodes, was originally transmitted on BBC Three
between 29 June and 17 August 2004. The Christmas Special was first transmitted on the same channel on 20 December 2004. A second series of eight episodes began airing on 26 July 2005.
This show contains examples of:
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: Sort-of - "You couldn't get on TV with that act. Not even digital..."
- Bottle Episode: Every episode.
- Break the Motivational Speaker: One episode has a smoking cessation workshop, "CigZowt", in the smoking room. The hapless speaker struggles to control the staff, and their short attention spans and snarkiness eventually cause him to lose his temper.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Clint.
- Crossword Puzzle: Barry is always doing one, even though he's awful at them; Robin tends to get the clues as soon as he reads them out.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Len. His grandson Ethan has taken to calling him "Grandad Fuck-Off".
- The Ditz: Clint.
- Domestic Abuse: Heidi's comments about Keith heavily imply she's in an abusive relationship.
- Fake Static: Sally, to her mother.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Most of the company other than the main cast.
- Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: Annie, Lillian.
- My Local: "The Nag's Head" is often mentioned. May be a clue as to the location of the office since there is a Nag's Head near Covent Garden.
- Pointy-Haired Boss: Sharon.
- Real Song Theme Tune: The Cure's "Close To Me", at least when it was on BBC Three.
- Seinfeldian Conversation
- Those Two Girls: Annie and Sally
- Transparent Closet: Robin.
- Ultimate Job Security: Everyone, apparently, but especially Clint.
- The Unseen: Any of the characters mentioned by the cast but who never come into the smoking room. Recurring example include Ben from the post room, and Len's junior Ranjit.
- Work Com
- Yes-Man: Janet.