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The Smoking Room

All Episodes 2004 - 2005

  • Ended
  • BBC Three
  • 2004-06-29T02:00:00+02:00
  • 30 mins
  • 8 hours, 0 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Comedy
Writer Brian Dooley has created a rich pageant of life in the tiny Petri dish of the Smoking Room. Big on witty dialogue, short on plot, the Smoking Room ran for two series and a Christmas special. It was understated and gentle, but not in a mumsy billowy way – the show definitely had edges. And then sometimes it went beyond them.

17 episodes

Special 1 Christmas Special

  • 2004-12-20T01:00:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Janet is in charge of organising a Christmas Variety Show for the old folks. Strangely, Sharon is in favour of the idea even though it means nobody is working. The old folk prove to be a tough crowd and Barry forgets his one line in the nativity. This leads to the son of God being named, 'Spencer'. "It's a nice name", according to Heidi.

1x01 Do De Dum De Da

  • Series Premiere

    2004-06-29T01:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

The cast of The Smoking Room are introduced as they try to remember the theme tune to, 'Little House On The Prairie'. Barry has an interview, he thinks it's between him and 'Alky Malky'. However, there's an external candidate to be considered - Monique...

1x02 R.I.P.

  • 2004-07-06T01:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

Death visits the regulars of The Smoking Room. Martin [a colleague] has dropped dead in Asda and more importantly (to Annie), so has her pet rabbit. No reason to close the office ealry though, according to Sharon.

1x03 Pantball

  • 2004-07-13T01:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

There is a distinct lack of enthusiasm amongst the smokers for Sharon's paintballing trip. Janet doesn't seem that keen either, maybe that's why she's written 'pantball' on the posters. Lilian finds out that her night in the Nags' was caught on camera.

1x04 Light My Fire

  • 2004-07-20T01:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

To the annoyance of a Japanese client, nobody in the smoking room has a lighter. To the annoyance of Janet, the Japanese client is annoyed! She's not too impressed with Clint's Yoda impression either. Worse still for Sally, Annie has come to work wearing the same top.

1x05 Chocolate Box

  • 2004-07-27T01:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

It's Valentines Day and a box of chocolates has been left in the smoking room, but an ambiguous and badly spelt note left with them makes the identity of the recipient unclear. Clint thinks they are for him, Robin hopes they are for him. Meanwhile Heidi has returned from maternity leave, trouble is, nobody seemed to notice she had gone.

1x06 Feeding Time

  • 2004-08-03T01:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

It's lunch-hour and it's raining. Janet is supposed to be getting Sharon's lunch, but she's more concerned about keeping her hair dry. A magazine questionnaire reveals more about the smokers than they want to know. While Janet considers rebelling against Sharon, Annie is trying to get Barry's lunch. Then their peace is disturbed by Gordon - a non-smoker.

1x07 Only Temporary

  • 2004-08-10T01:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

A new temp has arrived and she has already managed to get Barry out of his trousers. Barry is smitten with her, but Len dreams only of Mickey Mouse. Lilian is back from her holiday, with cheap cigarettes and tales of 'Aristotle'.

1x08 Happy Birthday

  • 2004-08-17T01:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

It's Lilian's birthday: Yvonne and Lois are organising nibbles, Annie is trying to chat Robin up and Sharon's attempts to mix with her workforce succeed only in driving Gordon to drink. Robin is hoping Ben from the post room will finally turn up.

2x01 Bzzzzzzzzz

  • Season Premiere

    2005-07-26T01:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

Janet's nephew Dominic shadows Robin for the day for his university thesis.

2x02 No Place Like Home

  • 2005-08-02T01:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

A severe snowstorm has brought the roads to a gridlock and trapped everyone at work after hours.

2x03 1987

  • 2005-08-09T01:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

Robin discovers photographs from the 1987 company brochure, bringing back mixed emotions of everyone's past portrait.

2x04 Smashed

  • 2005-08-16T01:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

The smoking room has been vandalised during a break-in. The smokers try to identify the culprit and end up suspecting everyone. Barry has even drawn up a list of possible suspects; Which brings us to, Robin - Just how did he get that black eye?

2x05 Pity the Fool

  • 2005-08-23T01:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

It's April Fool's Day and instructions have come from head office to mark the occasion with practical jokes to boost staff morale. Sharon - predictably is against the idea, but that doesn't stop Janet distributing the suitable props she has been issued around the building. The smokers are not in the least bit interested; they feel that life plays enough cruel jokes on you.

2x06 Quitters

  • 2005-08-30T01:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

Despite being a smoker herself, Sharon is concerned about the amount of time being taken by the smokers for smoking breaks. So she's organised an anti-smoking seminar; attendance is compulsory. Naturally, the smokers aren't happy to participate. Derek, the man hosting the seminar, is dressed as a cigarette... he sings too.

After saving an old lady from a mugger, Sally is front page news. Clint and Len are a little star-struck by the now famous Sally, which leaves Robin wondering if it might be going to her head. Gordon can see an opportunity though and offers his advice on how to exploit her new found fame.

2x08 Significant Others

  • 2005-09-13T01:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

The fact that Janet has a boyfriend is surprising enough, but the fact that he has proposed and she had accepted is even more surprising. Most of the smokers are delighted for her, especially as she has brought champagne to the smoking room to celebrate, but Robin is concerned: is she rushing things?

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