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Comedy | United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland • 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.
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.
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 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.
It’s Comic Relief Day in the office and everyone acts silly in the name of charity. Dawn sells kisses for money, which leads to a new development in her relationship with Tim. David performs the most awkward dance in television history.
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.
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.
After the BBC camera crew offers to pay for Dawn and Lee to visit Slough, Tim's world is rocked. With the office holiday party approaching, everyone’s eyes are on the couple, but Gareth provides Tim with some tough love.