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5.0 out of 5 stars A tear-jerking, pant-wettingly funny finale., 26 Oct. 2004
This review is from: The Office - The Christmas Specials [2001] [DVD] (DVD)
When The Office signed off its second series, we were left with a redundant David Brent, a parted but secretly desiring Tim and Dawn, and an office block full of loose ends left untied. So it was up to the Christmas special- two words that could usually suck the festive cheer out of any telly fan- to feed us one more time with understated and embarrassing comedy genius. Ricky Gervais has promised these to be the final episodes of this ground-breaking and astonishingly well-received show. Only time will tell if we will ever see these adored characters again, but just in case, cherish these highly-anticipated episodes.
It kicks off three years after The Office parted company with the nation's TV screens, the first of two Christmas specials providing an unbearably detailed account of David Brent's rapid descent into being a failed salesman and appearing in cramped, Burberry-swamped clubs to say hello and then be booed off. The specials interestingly move away from the Slough office to reveal the new and sad side of David Brent, the most excruciating scenes being those of his awful attempts to win women through an internet dating service.
But this is the end of a show which quietly sent every programme in its way packing its bags and going home, one that captured the hearts and imaginations of fans from the very moment Tim glanced at Dawn or David Brent insulted everybody in the room he was in for the first time. Is it possible to shake up the touch-sensitive relationships of the characters to finish the whole thing off for good? It is, with the ultra-realistic acting talent and the sharp writing, this is a fitting last bow by perhaps the best UK comedy show ever.
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