The Office DVD
So here it is, the first of my birthday item reviews. After becoming totally addicted to The Office I managed to tape the whole first series as it was repeated on UK Play before the channel ceased to be this September. I’ll save a whinge on the demise of the greatest digital channel for another time.
For anybody who has been cocooned up for the last two years, The Office is a comedy filmed in documentary style featuring a tragic boss (David Brent played by Ricky Gervais) that anybody who has worked in a commercial office will recognise. We laugh as his ineptitude, cringe at his poor jokes and terrible management style. First time round you could be convinced that this programme is a real documentary filmed in a real office. Such is the mastery behind it. Gervais and Merchant have clearly done their research as even subtle office moments – the endless photocopying, people not saying very much etc. are included.
The Office DVD for series one couldn’t be better. Six classic episodes including the one where Tim hides Gareth’s stapler in a jelly, the one where they all go out to the nightclub, the pub quiz one and the one where Tim gets a missive inflatable cock for his birthday. You can watch them in sequence or pick an episode at a time. The bonus features include a documentary on the programme featuring Ricky Gervais and director Stephen Merchant. It’s all highly amusing stuff and is in constant rotation in my DVD player. I’d give this five out of five. I can only implore you to buy it. Get it now, go on.