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Published at: July 8, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

It kind of blows my mind that the UK Office is 10 years old this year. I remember seeing it shortly after it aired on the BBC, which was unusual for me. I’m typically a few years behind on most TV, especially UK TV. I mean, I still haven’t seen Dead Set and I just recently watched all of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace.

But I did see The Office early on, so much so that the thought of a US version of the show made me roll my eyes… I didn’t care for the show, actually, and gave up on it after the first two episodes just kind of brought out the same jokes as Ricky Gervais’ original. It wasn’t until people started saying the show was developing its own voice that I went back and now I watch every episode.

Gervais’ David Brent is one of my all time favorite TV characters. Even more so than Michael Scott Brent had a unique talent for digging a hole for himself that I constantly was amazed he could climb out of. Over the years they’ve made Michael Scott a very lovable goof, but Brent wasn’t as redeemable, which made his one moment of standing up for himself in the Holiday Special a stand-up-and-cheer one for me.

The whole cast is amazing, actually. Lucy Davis (before she fought zombies with Shaun), Martin Freeman (before putting on the furry feet) and Mackenzie Crook (before fighting Jack Sparrow) had brilliant chemistry.

Great, now I want to rewatch every episode.

Thanks to the BBC for putting these images out there to celebrate it’s anniversary. It’s a fun one with damn near everybody involved in the show, including the great Stephen Merchant. Click to (slightly) embiggen!

 

 

If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at quint@aintitcool.com.

Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic really doesn’t wanna stay on this rock.

-Quint
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  • July 8, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    This guy

    by Quackfu

    goes from a layabout to superstar. Hey we can all do it, right?

  • July 8, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Martin Freeman looks like a tiny hobbit here

    by wattos new hat

  • July 8, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    They all look so English.

    by sweeneydave

  • July 8, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Any one else....

    by Quackfu

    still get douche chills from the finally of Extras? I loved it, but man did Gervais have something to say about fame in that one.

  • July 8, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    I had to kill The Office for making a mistake...

    by Dick Jones

    ...and coming to the US. Maybe more spinoffs/sister series? The Office (Shanghai) or The Office : SVU or The Office Detroit........okay I've been drinking today and have no fuckin' idea what I'm saying...

  • July 8, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Dead Set

    by Jubba

    is not worthwhile, IMO

  • July 8, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Quackfu...yeah.

    by Cletus Van Damme

    Loved that last few minutes of that finale. Perfect end note.

  • July 8, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Yeah they do look English

    by Righteous Brother

    Americans are all big hair, and great big shiny teeth.

  • July 8, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    The only thing I have liked Gervais in.

    by frank

    Except maybe his part as the doctor on “Louie."

  • July 8, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Mackenzie Crook - one of the squirrelyest looking fuckers

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    in the world.

  • July 8, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    What a great series.

    by MapMan

    I love this show. It was funny and moving and just the right length. It really went out on a high note. I've never watched the US version and have no plans to. Why would I want to spoil all the good feelings I have for this series?

  • July 8, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Great show!

    by Chris Moody

    If you like THE OFFICE (UK) -- you should check out DOC MARTIN! Best. Show. Ever!

  • July 8, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Don't watch Doc Martin

    by DonLogan

    watch Nathan Barley

  • July 8, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    I want a Darkplace DVD

    by ballyhoo

    Like right now.

  • July 8, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST

    And it's such a shame...

    by Tom McMahon

    ...that Gervais has turned into such a massive cunt.

  • July 8, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Actually, no...

    by Tom McMahon

    He always was, even back before The Office, he just pulled some smoke and mirrors thing to make everyone think that Brent was a character, not just himself.

  • July 8, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST

    The camera work bothers me so much more in the US Version

    by sunwukong86

    Ive given up trying to watch the American version because of it

  • July 8, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Every day, I wake up at the crack of Dawn"

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Classic.

  • July 8, 2011, 8:02 p.m. CST

    i think you mean "sprayed on Pam"

    by Tigger Tales

  • July 8, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST

    re: ballyhoo

    by Clavius

    That's the mother Dag!

  • July 8, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    re: ballyhoo (take two)

    by Clavius

    What I TRIED to post before this effed up talkback system cut most of it out was... I most strongly second that sentiment ballyhoo! We need some Mahrenghi on disc ASAP!

  • July 8, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Hey, look! It's Wheatley!

    by Yelsaeb

  • July 9, 2011, 12:42 a.m. CST

    I always wanted to take a crack at Dawn

    by Aphex Twin

    There was more of a character arc with Tim/Dawn in 14 episodes than most American characters experience in 7 seasons. Screw the American Office, Office BBC ftw!

  • July 9, 2011, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Lucy Davis is so hot.

    by moonlightdrive

    Yes great chemistry in this show and especially from Martin and Lucy. Superb character development and great casting.

  • July 9, 2011, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Darkplace

    by wiseguy100

    Darkplace has been available on DVD for years in the UK.

  • July 9, 2011, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Dead Set

    by bourjois

    Don't waste your time, it's terrible. I haven't met a single person who thought it was worth watching. It shouldn't even be mentioned in the same breath as The Office or Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace.

  • Way to go out on on a high note indeed. To often, successful American series just go on and on and on, running a good thing right into the ground.

  • July 9, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Hate to admit, but there's a little bit of David Brent in me

    by jawsfan

    Remember the episode where he was hired to be one of a few motivational speakers? He basically winged it and tried too hard to be theatrical... I've done stuff like that before and I cringe every time I think back on it (or watch that segment of that episode). I rank "The Office" (UK version) as one of my four favorite shows of all time, of any genre. Also in the top four: "WKRP in Cincinnati", "NewsRadio", and "The Wire". There can be only four.

  • July 9, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    I had to kill Dick Jones

    by SmokingRobot

    For running a tedious joke into the ground.

  • July 9, 2011, 1:01 p.m. CST

    v3d, agreed!!

    by david starling

    That Christmas special was just utterly brilliant - I especially loved it when Brent told Finchy to fuck off!! I think there's a bit of David Brent in all of us. I've never watched the US series, the UK series was enough, and just right for me. For me, its up there with Fawlty Towers, Dear John Series One (The UK original series, with the late great Ralph Bates) and 30 Rock Series One (yes, there are 30 Rock fans in the UK!! And when is Tina Fey going to make another series?) as some of the best comedy I've ever seen.

  • July 9, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    my favourit uk-tv-show

    by AdzonVonMelk

    is PEEPSHOW on channel 4 ... mark corrigan´s view is just so right on, i can´t believe it...

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