When The Office was first shown to a BBC focus group back in 2001, according to its makers, it received the lowest ever score of any programme. However, that was then, and this is now.
Almost ten years to the day after David Brent first appeared on BBC2, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s mockumentary is generally regarded as one of the most innovative pieces of British comedy of a generation, and has been shown in more than 80 countries around the world.
In addition, a number of nations have remade the show.
Here are a few snippets of what David Brent looks like once he leaves Slough…
The Office – An American Workplace (USA)
Stars Steve Carell as Michael Scott
Le Bureau (France)
Stars François Berléand as Gilles Triquet
La Ofis (Chile)
Stars Luis Gnecco as Manuel Cerda
Stars Christoph Maria Herbst as Bernd Stromberg
La Job (Canada)
Stars Antoine Vézina as David Gervais