From Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant comes this mockumentary about a British paper company in an industrial town that is run by a comically inept middle-manager who would rather be popular than effective. Also stars Martin Freeman, Lucy Davis.
David’s superiors inform him that his branch could be absorbed which would lead to redundancies. He struggles to keep this information from his staff. Tim finds ways to amuse himself when he’s forced to share a space with the uptight Gareth.
David is being shadowed by Donna, his friend’s daughter. He is embarrassed when he discovers a pornographic photo of himself is spreading around the office and appoints Gareth to find out who doctored it. The “invetigation” turns up unexpected leads.
It’s Quiz Night in the office. On one side, there’s David and his obnoxious bestie Chris Finch. On the other side, there’s Tim (who is celebrating his 30th birthday) and Ricky. When David finds out Ricky was on a TV game show, his jealousy grows.
Rowan is brought in to train the staff but finds he’s constantly clashing with David, who wants to use the event to showcase his skills as a singer/songwriter; After Dawn’s engagement to Lee hits a bump in the road, Tim tries to cheer her up.
David tries to hire a new secretary to prove to management that his branch is still effective. Meanwhile, David discovers that Donna is sleeping with someone in the office, which leads to a confrontation when the employees party at a Slough nightclub.
The Slough office takes on the employees from the Swindon branch and David immediately butts heads with his new boss, the charismatic Neil. When David tells a racist joke to ingratiate himself with the new staff, he ends up in hot water.
At staff appraisal time, Tim reveals he wants to go back to school to study psychology, while Dawn dreams of becoming a children’s illustrator. Meanwhile, David takes the new employees out to lunch in an attempt to win them over.
David tries to move on after being made redundant and gives a detailed interview to a magazine writer. Tim considers breaking things off with Rachel so that he can tell Dawn how he really feels; Neil and Jennifer look for David’s replacement.
The staff celebrates Trudy’s birthday with a raucous and ribald party. Meanwhile, David escalates his war with Neil, but gets an ego boost when headhunters from a public speaking agency arrive and for some inexplicable reason want to hire him.
Gareth catches Tim locking lips with Rachel and immediately grows jealous of them; David has his first public speaking engagement and manages to make a mess of the whole thing, thanks to a new earring, an undershirt and a boombox.
The Christmas Specials Episode 1
It has been three years since the BBC documentary crew first turned up at the office. Back for one last visit, they find Gareth Keenan now in charge and, as the staff of Wernham Hogg know all too well, he runs the office with military precision.