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* PlayingAgainstType: Less an acting example, more a behind-the-scenes one; Chris Morris, mainly known for extremely surreal DeadBabyComedy like ''Series/{{Jam}}'' and dark satire like ''Series/BrassEye'', all of which mainly plays towards a cult audience, plays a rather broad and eccentric boss in a fairly light-hearted and mainstream (if still rather oddball) studio-based office comedy.


* AbilityOverAppearance: Graham Linehan actually wanted to avoid having a third Irish protagonist after ''Series/FatherTed'' and ''Series/BlackBooks'' but Chris O'Dowd gave such a good audition Linehan had to change his mind.

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* AbilityOverAppearance: Graham Linehan actually wanted to avoid having a third Irish protagonist after ''Series/FatherTed'' and ''Series/BlackBooks'' but Chris O'Dowd Creator/ChrisODowd gave such a good audition Linehan had to change his mind.



* ActingForTwo: One asian "actress" plays both female Sulu and female Spock in Douglas' homemade ''Star Trek'' porn. For bonus points, the actress, Creator/GemmaChan, also played Ivana in a prior episode of the same series.
* ActorAllusion: Oliver Chris [[Series/TheOfficeUK once again]] plays an employee of a large corporation who dabbles in quiz shows.

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* ActingForTwo: One asian "actress" plays both female Sulu and female Spock in Douglas' homemade ''Star Trek'' ''Franchise/StarTrek'' porn. For bonus points, the actress, Creator/GemmaChan, also played Ivana in a prior episode of the same series.
* ActorAllusion: Oliver Chris [[Series/TheOfficeUK once again]] plays an employee of a large corporation who dabbles in quiz shows.
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: An American version was planned and a pilot was shot, but not picked up. The biggest effect would have been Joel [=McHale=] passing up ''Series/{{Community}}'' for it.
* WordOfSaintPaul: Chris O'Dowd claims that Moss and Roy met in their first year of college, immediately became friends and then never made friends with anyone else.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: An American version was planned and a pilot was shot, but not picked up. The biggest effect would have been Joel [=McHale=] Creator/JoelMcHale passing up ''Series/{{Community}}'' for it.
* WordOfSaintPaul: Chris O'Dowd Creator/ChrisODowd claims that Moss and Roy met in their first year of college, immediately became friends and then never made friends with anyone else.


* TheCastShowoff: Philip Rham, who played Johann the German cannibal in "Moss and the German", was an actual professional cellist (as one could probably guess from him prominently playing the cello in TheStinger of the episode...).

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* TheCastShowoff: Philip Rham, who played Johann the German cannibal in "Moss and the German", was an actual professional cellist (as one could probably guess from him prominently playing the cello in TheStinger of the episode...).)


* AbilityOverAppearance: Graham Linehan actually wanted to avoid having a third Irish protagonist after ''Series/FatherTed'' and ''Series/BlackBooks'' but Chris O'Dowd gave such a good audition Linehan had to change his mind.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Graham Linehan actually wanted to avoid having a third Irish protagonist after ''Series/FatherTed'' and ''Series/BlackBooks'' but Chris O'Dowd gave such a good audition Linehan had to change his mind.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Graham Linehan actually wanted to avoid having a third Irish protagonist after ''Series/FatherTed'' and ''Series/BlackBooks'' but Chris O'Dowd gave such a good audition Linehan had to change his mind.

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* OutOfOrder: Series 3's episodes were changed in broadcast order; especially noticeable when the episode resolving the series 2 cliffhanger that opened with a recap of said cliffhanger was broadcast third in the run.


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* YouLookFamiliar: Belinda Stewart-Wilson plays both Denholm's widowed wife in season 2 and Douglas' wife in season 4.
** On a smaller note, actress Creator/GemmaChan played both Ivana and Female Sulu/Female Spock in two separate season 4 episodes.


* WordOfDante: Chris O'Dowd claims that Moss and Roy met in their first year of college, immediately became friends and then never made friends with anyone else.

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* WordOfDante: WordOfSaintPaul: Chris O'Dowd claims that Moss and Roy met in their first year of college, immediately became friends and then never made friends with anyone else.


* ActingForTwo: One asian "actress" plays both female Sulu and female Spock in Douglas' homemade ''Star Trek'' porn. For bonus points, the actress, GemmaChan, also played Ivana in a prior episode of the same series.

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* ActingForTwo: One asian "actress" plays both female Sulu and female Spock in Douglas' homemade ''Star Trek'' porn. For bonus points, the actress, GemmaChan, Creator/GemmaChan, also played Ivana in a prior episode of the same series.


* DevelopmentHell: The hour-long GrandFinale special came as a result of none of the people from the series being on the same schedule once the forth series wrapped, only having a small window of opportunity a few years later.

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* DevelopmentHell: The hour-long GrandFinale special came as a result of none of the people from the series being on the same schedule once the forth fourth series wrapped, only having a small window of opportunity a few years later.

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* ActingForTwo: One asian "actress" plays both female Sulu and female Spock in Douglas' homemade ''Star Trek'' porn. For bonus points, the actress, GemmaChan, also played Ivana in a prior episode of the same series.


* DevelopmentHell: The hour-long GrandFinale special came as a result of none of the people from the series being on the same schedule once the forth series wrapped, only having a small window of opportunity a few years later.



* WordOfDante: Chris O'Dowd claims that Moss and Roy met in their first year of college, then never made friends with anyone else.

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* WordOfDante: Chris O'Dowd claims that Moss and Roy met in their first year of college, immediately became friends and then never made friends with anyone else.

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* WordOfDante: Chris O'Dowd claims that Moss and Roy met in their first year of college, then never made friends with anyone else.


* HeyItsThatGuy:
** [[Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace Moss is Thornton Reed and Douglas is Dr. Lucien Sanchez]]. The chick who dumps Roy for having shit smeared on his head is also Dr. Liz Asher, while Richmond makes a one-off appearance as a rabid gorilla in the same show.
** Also, [[TheInbetweeners Will's mum]] is Douglas's estranged wife Victoria, and the Vicar at Denholm's funeral is Neil's Dad.
** [[TheMightyBoosh Moss is also Saboo, Douglas is Dixon Bainbridge and Richmond is Vince Noir]].
** The "actress" [[ActingForTwo playing both Female Spock and Female Sulu]] and Ivana are played by Creator/GemmaChan, who is also [[Series/DoctorWho Mia Bennett]] and [[SecretDiaryOfACallGirl Charlotte]].
** Moss' Psychiatrist who reminds Roy of his mother is [[Series/DoctorWho Madame Kovarian]].
** And of course, Denholm was previously an [[Series/TheDayToday aggressive, Paxman-like news reporter]]. In fact, physically, the moustache is the only thing different.
** Derek Pippen is [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Nute Gunray]] [[Film/AttackOfTheClones and]] [[Film/RevengeOftheSith Ki-Adi-Mundi.]]
*** Also [[Series/DoctorWho the Ood]]!
* HeyItsThatVoice: "[[LampshadeHanging I don't think that's]] Music/EltonJohn" -- Well no, because it's [[Music/TheDivineComedy Neil Hannon]].

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* TheCastShowoff: Philip Rham, who played Johann the German cannibal in "Moss and the German", was an actual professional cellist (as one could probably guess from him prominently playing the cello in TheStinger of the episode...).

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* ActorAllusion: Oliver Chris [[Series/TheOfficeUK once again]] plays an employee of a large corporation who dabbles in quiz shows.

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