The Office triumphs in battle of festive sitcoms

David Brent tops Del Boy as The Office triumphs over Only Fools and Horses in battle of the festive sitcoms

  • The festive special topped poll of 3,000 viewers conducted by RadioTimes.com 
  • Programme saw receptionist Dawn and office worker Tim finally get together
  • Beat 1996’s Only Fools and Horses trilogy, which included Heroes and Villains

It was the deadpan and often painful mockumentary about life in a paper firm’s office which propelled Ricky Gervais to fame.

Now the 2003 finale of Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s BBC1 comedy The Office has been named the best Christmas sitcom of all time.

The two-part festive special topped the poll of 3,000 viewers conducted by RadioTimes.com.

The 2003 finale of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s BBC1 comedy The Office has been named the best Christmas sitcom of all time

The programme saw receptionist Dawn, played by Lucy Davis, and office worker Tim, played by Martin Freeman, finally get together after two series of a ‘Will they? Won’t they?’ romance.

Gavin and Stacey’s 2008 Christmas special came in third place

The Office narrowly beat 1996’s Only Fools and Horses trilogy, which included Heroes and Villains, when Del Boy and Rodney arrive at a wake dressed as Batman and Robin. 

Gavin and Stacey’s 2008 Christmas special in third place saw the Welsh contingent decamp to Essex for the festive season.

The Vicar of Dibley from 1996 was fourth and 2000’s The Royle Family – celebrating Baby David’s first birthday – completed the top five. 

Other Christmas specials to make the top ten included The Good Life from 1977, Father Ted from 1997, The League of Gentlemen from 2000, Blackadder’s 1988 parody of A Christmas Carol and Dinnerladies from 2000. 

Gervais, 58, told RadioTimes.com of his 2003 hit: ‘I was blown away at the time by how it resonated with audiences and I’m over the Moon that it’s still regarded with such affection today. A good idea is a good idea forever.’


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Other Christmas specials to make the top ten included The Good Life from 1977 and Father Ted from 1997

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