The Office (UK): Christmas Special (2003)


Christmas Special
The Office (UK)

Critics Consensus

Bittersweet, satisfying and surprisingly hopeful, this 2-part epilogue of The Office has perhaps done the unthinkable -- redeemed David Brent.



Critic Ratings: 12

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Dec 26, 2003
Air date: Dec 27, 2003

Tv Season Info

It's 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 a military precision.

Critic Reviews for The Office (UK) Christmas Special

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

The first half of their post-series Christmas special was among the most challenging hours of television ever produced. The second half half, however, offered the small moment of joy that the show had been fighting for the entire show.

Nov 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Above all, Ted Whitehead's script strikes a subtle balance between authenticity and accessibility.

Jan 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The Christmas Special was one of the most depressing comedies I have ever watched. David Brent (Gervais) gets his happy ending but only after being put through the wringer for over an hour.

Nov 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Though the series itself trades heavily in dark humor, the specials offer a bit of a happy ending for most of the characters.

Nov 8, 2017 | Full Review…

The Office Christmas special then captures the real secret of the season: it can be melancholy or it can be miraculous.

Nov 8, 2017 | Full Review…

But The Office finale isn't a downer; it offers the characters some hope and a chance at redemption--even David.

Jan 10, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Office Special" is a grand finale to one of television's best, smartest and funniest series ever.

Jan 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It integrates the boredom, self-delusion, dashed hopes and struggle for power into something bigger, and potentially better, and functions not only as a continuation of the story but a convincing conclusion.

Jan 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Plus, the laughs are still there, and are as painful as ever as they focus on Brent's disastrous attempts to find post-reality TV fame.

Jan 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Gervais and Merchant's series disguise themselves as comedies of cruelty, but after a while, they reveal themselves to be comedies of dignity, series that are about people who continue to be crushed by the world but finally rise above their circumstances.

Nov 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Office (UK): Christmas Special

  • Sep 04, 2018
    (all seasons) The mockumentary style and everyone's acting convey an authenticity that's very rare, and that's the case with the array of awkward moments taking up most of the show's time to the extent where it can be hard to watch due to the high levels of pure cringe. That's how well-made this is. Gervais tackles Brent in an excellent way and Freeman absolutely shines in one of the most likable roles. Brent is a one-of-a-kind creation but it's the subtle characterization of the others that makes this fly.

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