Series 1 of The Office (UK) aired from July 9, 2001 to August 20, 2001. It had 6 episodes and the program aired on the BBC. It was created, directed, and written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. It was not popular yet, however, DVD sales climbed and it made Series 2 extremely popular in Britain.

Episode Title Season Episode Number Production Code Original Airdate
Downsizeuk.jpg Downsize 1 00101 July 9, 2001.
Directed and written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

We meet a documentary crew that decides to film the everyday lives of a group of office workers in the dreary English city of Slough. Irritating regional manager, David Brent, shows us suck-up and Territorial Army veteran, Gareth Keenan, his unsatisfied, engaged for three years receptionist, Dawn Tinsley, and the equally bored, but well-liked salesman, Tim Canterbury. This is The Office.

Workexperienceuk.jpg Work Experience 2 00102 July 16, 2001.
Directed and written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

Despite serious problems at Wernham Hogg Paper Company, David continues to tell the office there will be no downsizing. David finds a photoshopped photo of him to a pornographic photo of a woman. Jennifer Taylor-Clark visits Slough and demands that David takes her down to the warehouse, where he said he made redundancies. When Jennifer sees the photo, David blames Tim, but Tim tells David and Jennifer, Chris Finch did it. David says that the joke is suddenly fine, because Chris was the culprit.

Thequizuik.jpg The Quiz 3 00103 July 23, 2001
Written and Directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

It's Tim Canterbury's 30th birthday and he still lives with his parents. However, it is quiz night, and David and Chris Finch plan to win again. However, David is scared that temp, Ricky, may win. When Tim and Ricky win at quiz night, Chris and David are unhappy and rude and throw Tim's shoe over a building so that they can be the seventh year winner. Dawn Tinsley and her fiancée, Lee buy Tim a "present," and Dawn is the only one that remembers Tim's birthday.

Traininguk.jpg Training 4 00104 July 30, 2001
Directed and written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant

It's staff training day at the paper company. David undermines the outside facilitator. Dawn is having problems with Lee. The facilitator and Tim keep on getting more annoyed by Gareth and David's actions. Brent breaks out into song with his own twist: he made it and it's called "Freelove Freeway." Later, Tim asks out Dawn but Dawn says that she and Lee haven't broken up. Tim leaves and says he is going to quit Wernham Hogg in embarrassment.

Newgirluk.jpg New Girl 5 00105 August 13, 2001.
Directed and written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant

David Brent hires a new girl to be a receptionist for no reason, but ends up not liking her. Tim decides to quit his job. Tim tells David he is going to quit to go back to psychology, and David and Chris Finch try to change his mind by going to a night club. Meanwhile, Tim finds the night at the club not fun at all with Chris being a jackass.

Judgementuk.jpg Judgement 6 00106 August 20, 2001
Directed and written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant

David Brent goes is between a rock and a hard place: he has to decide whether to be promoted and let his branch be downsized or to stay at him job and to absorb the Swindon Branch in a merger. Although, David, at first picks the new job, however, he fails his medical test so nothing will happen. David offers Tim a new job. Tim takes it, despite quitting, leaving Dawn disappointed in him, and continued to be unsatisfied with her life.

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