The war at work

The staffers at Dun­der Mif­flin Pa­per Com­pany are re­liv­ing the laughs in The Of­fice.

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The Of­fice Sea­son 1 Fri­days (from 9 June) SABC3 (*193) 22:00

Branch man­ager Michael Scott (Steve Carell) and his Dun­der Mif­flin work­mates are get­ting a re­run on SABC3 in the US ver­sion of The Of­fice (2005-2013; the orig­i­nal Bri­tish se­ries ran for two sea­sons from 2001 to 2003). And that means one-lin­ers, dry hu­mour and mis­ad­ven­ture as the team go about their work with a film crew doc­u­ment­ing their ev­ery move. “These peo­ple are what so­ci­ety would call losers,” says Steve. “They have their idio­syn­cra­sies but I think of them as hu­man. I find peo­ple who aren’t main­stream in­ter­est­ing.”

KNOW YOUR ROLE

There are five im­por­tant faces you’re go­ing to see a lot of in sea­son 1…

Ryan Howard (BJ Novak, Jamie

1 in com­edy The Mindy Project, 2012- cur­rent) is the new­bie who’ll do any task for any­one with au­thor­ity. That’s why he’s Michael’s favourite.

Pam Beesly (Jenna Fis­cher, Jenni2 fer in cop com­edy The Mys­ter­ies Of Laura, 2014-2016) is the shy re­cep­tion­ist at Dun­der Mif­flin who’d rather doo­dle than an­swer phones all day.

Jim Halpert (John Krasin­ski, the 3 voice of Lancelot in the Shrek movies, 2001-2010) is the “hand­some and tall” sales­man on the team who loves prank­ing his co-worker Dwight. He’s also got a crush on Pam.

4 Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wil­son, Everett Back­stom in sin­gle-sea­son de­tec­tive show Back­strom, 2015) is Michael’s as­sis­tant who cov­ets the top job. He’s also trained in a num­ber of mar­tial arts and de­fen­sive skills.

Michael is the branch man­ager 5 who tells in­ap­pro­pri­ate jokes and rags his co-work­ers. They love him and un­der­stand that it’s “just who he is,” says Steve. He’s also got a ju­ve­nile sense of hu­mour and al­ter egos.

COPY­CATS

The show isn’t just a US re­boot – episode 1 is an al­most iden­ti­cal copy-and-paste job. “We changed the char­ac­ters’ names, the town and the com­pany,” laughs Steve. “Other­wise it’s pretty much the ex­act same words that were said over there [in the UK].”

1 2 Sea­son 1’s main faces (from left): Ryan, Pam, Jim, Dwight and Michael. 3

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