The Offi ce
It’s not often that a localised version of a popular and infl uential series not only succeeds, but outgrows the confi nes of the original and takes on a life of its own. The American incarnation of The Offi ce has done just that. Beginning as purely a recast take on Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s British masterwork, the Steve Carell-fronted US version has outlasted the original, and this week debuted its fifth season – episodes are also screening at 8pm on Tuesdays. In this instalment, the employees of the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin – Michael Scott ( Carell, above) included – are all trying to adhere to strict diets.