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Comedian, actor and director Ricky Gervais has spoken of his sadness at the demise of the building that featured in the opening credits of The Office.

Gervais starred in the BBC comedy series as pompous and snide David Brent, the boss of the Slough, Berkshire branch of the Wernham Hogg Paper Company.

The opening credits featured Crossbow House in Slough (and the song Handbags and Gladrags by Rod Stewart), which was depicted as the home of Wernham Hogg Paper Company.

But now Gervais - who is half Canadian - said on Twitter that it was "sad news" that the building is now to be demolished.

The Office originally ran from 2001 to 2003 and Gervais also co-wrote and co-directed the series with Stephen Merchant, both of whom also appeared with their friend Karl Pilkington in The Ricky Gervais Show and An Idiot Abroad.

The show has subsequently been re-made in many other countries.


Ricky Gervais 'sad' at Wernham Hogg demise in Slough

4 December 2013
BBC News



The BBC sitcom became a worldwide hit and launched Gervais's career

Ricky Gervais has lamented the demise of the building that featured in the opening credits of his hit TV show The Office.

Builders have moved into demolish Crossbow House in Slough, depicted in the comedy as the home of Wernham Hogg Paper Company.

The star, who played the middle manager David Brent, said on Twitter it was "sad news".

The Office became a worldwide hit and launched Gervais's career.

A spokeswoman for Segro, which owns Crossbow House, said the offices were currently cordoned off while construction workers stripped down the building.

She said several fans of the show had made pilgrimages to the site, including a journalist from the US.


Crossbow House featured in the opening credits of The Office



Slough's bus station, which also featured in the show's opening credits, was replaced in 2011.

In July, Gervais dedicated a song, which he wrote, to Slough in the guise of Brent (who used to be in a band called Foregone Conclusion), in which he paid homage to the Berkshire town (see video below).

The song, which includes the lyric "And you know just where you'll be heading, it's equidistant 'tween London and Reading," has been described by Gervais as Brent's love letter to the town.

Slough Learn Guitar With David Brent - YouTube



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