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.



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Air date: Dec 26, 2003

Since we last saw David Brent he has become a sales rep for a cleaning products company, released his own pop single and has acquired a showbiz agent to look after his celebrity appearances. He visits his old place of work regularly, despite him successfully suing Wernham Hogg for unfair dismissal.

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Air date: Dec 27, 2003

The big news as far as Tim is concerned is the imminent arrival of Dawn. The documentary crew has kindly offered to fly Dawn and boyfriend Lee from Florida back to Slough for the office Christmas party - an event that may well have a wet T-shirt competition if Keith has anything to do with it.

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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 (7)

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…

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…

Tonight's two-hour special episode of "The Office" on BBC America is as wickedly, painfully funny as the first two seasons and, in tiny, fleeting doses, as delicately tender.

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…

The Office didn't need to be quite as wincemakingly hilarious, deliciously touching and, ultimately, as perfectly emotionally pitched as it turned out to be.

Nov 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Office (UK): Christmas Special

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