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Ricky Gervais as David Brent in The Office (PA)

Ricky Gervais as David Brent in The Office (PA)

Ricky Gervais as David Brent in The Office (PA)

One of my core beliefs about life in general is that America is a much stranger place than most of us realise. We think we know America because we watch all their movies and TV programmes, and to an extent that is true.

So we rarely stop to wonder why we can indeed watch their TV programmes, no problem, yet they seem to have a problem watching ours.

Why, for example, do they need to make their own version of The Office, when the original one made in England is regarded as an all-time TV comedy classic?