Gervais’s Office to open branch in India

Image caption Ricky Gervais (centre) using the original cast of The Office

It might be conquered Europe, crossed the Ocean and spawned a big-screen film spin-off. Now The Office is to possess another new branch – within India.

Wernham Hogg will become Wilkins Chawla in the newest international version of Ricky Gervais ‘s mockumentary sitcom.

Gervais, who co-wrote and was seen in the original BBC television version, said he was “hoping for big ratings” for the show’s first Asian incarnation.

“I’m always excited and flattered to see remakes of my function, ” he commented.

India’s edition of The Office will revolve close to Jagdeep Chaddha, manager of a document company in a suburb of New Delhi.

It will also mirror the UK inspiration by featuring a passionate subplot involving a junior product sales officer and the office’s receptionist.

Here are the 10 various incarnations of “friend first, manager second” David Brent from all over the world:


Image caption Chilled-out entertainer: Ricky Gervais as David Brent

Gervais played Brian Brent in The Office, a hapless center manager at a Slough-based paper corporation whose attempts to motivate their workforce invariably came to nought.

The show, which furthermore starred Martin Freeman and Mackenzie Crook, ran for two series within 2001 and 2002 before concluding with two Christmas specials within 2003.

Gervais offers resurrected his signature character on the number of occasions since, most notably within the 2016 film David Brent: Life on the highway .

North america

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Jesse Brent became David Gervais within the Quebecois version of The Office, which usually ran for one series in 06\ under the title La Job.

Set in the Montreal and surrounding suburbs in the offices of Les Papiers Jennings, the French-language programme noticed Antoine Vezina play the prospect role.


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Any office became La Ofis in the initial South American version of the display, which ran for one series within 2008.

Luis Gnecco, star of the Oscar-nominated A Fantastic Girl, played the David Brent personality – here named Manuel Cerda – while Wernham Hogg had been rechristened Papeles Lozano.

Czech Republic

Gervais joked about receiving “another fat cheque” when it was declared that Czech Television was producing its version of The Office in 2013.

The result, called Kancl, ran for one season in 2014 and saw Vaclav Kopta perform Marek Chvala, the local version associated with David Brent.

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Kancl was based in Brno, a city whose love to get British comedy is demonstrated every year by a Monty Python-inspired Silly Stroll Day.


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Prior to this week’s announcement, the most recent global version of The Office was Finland’s Konttori, which began airing final March.

Set in Riihimaki – home to Finland’s greatest flagpole – the show superstars local comic Sami Hedberg because Pentti Markkanen, office manager from Leskisen Paperi.


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The first official non-English version from the Office to reach the small screen had been Le Bureau, which ran for just one season in 2006.

Set in Villepinte, a business park northern of Paris, the show acquired Francois Berleand play Gilles Triquet, office manager at paper business Cogirep.


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Stromberg, which usually began airing in 2004, was not an official version of The Office. However the German show was thought comparable enough for the BBC to endanger legal action.

The compromise was reached that noticed Ricky Gervais and Stephen Business get an “inspired by” credit score, allowing the show to continue till 2012.

“I should say I was very surprised, inch joked Gervais in 2006. “It’s not like the Germans to just mar in and take something that just isn’t theirs. ”

Christoph Maria Herbst played the show’s title character, the incompetent supervisor of an insurance company.


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“Who ever heard of Jewish artists? ” joked Gervais when the Israeli version of The Office was introduced in 2010.

HaMisrad leaped for two seasons and starred Dvir Benedek as Avi Meshulam, local manager at the Yehud branch of the company whose Hebrew name means English as Paper Office.


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Kontoret, the Swedish version of The Office, ran for 2 seasons between 2012 and 2013 and starred Henrik Dorsin since the show’s David Brent equivalent.

Dorsin’s character, Ove Sundberg, was ingeniously lifted from a earlier show called Solsidan, in which this individual played a supporting role.

“It feels good in order to contribute with something of my very own… when you’re working with a proven show such as the Office, ” said the Scandinavian actor.


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By far the most effective international version of The Office has been its award-winning US adaptation, which usually ran for nine seasons among 2005 and 2013.

Steve Carell played Brent comparative Michael Scott in the NBC manufacturing, which continued beyond his reduction in 2011.

John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson and Jenna Fischer played Michael’s co-workers at Dunder Mifflin in Scranton, a Pa city that now regards the association with the show as a logo of honour.

Gervais made two appearances in the display as David Brent. Here he or she is meeting Steve Carell’s character this year episode The Seminar.

A Russian edition of The Office has been announced in 2008 but offers yet to reach production stage.

It is also unclear whether the Chinese language version Gervais said he was building in 2010 will make this off the drawing board.

The latest Office development was one of many announcements made this week at BBC Worldwide’s 2018 Showcase , a four-day event in Liverpool for worldwide TV buyers.

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