David Brent

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Republic of Ireland head coach Vera Pauw and assistant coach Eileen Gleeson stand for the anthems ahead of the  Uefa Women’s European Championship qualifier against Greece in  Panionios, Athens. Photograph: Greg Hellas/Inpho

Vera Pauw has made an impact everywhere she goes. The former Dutch player and current Irish manager ensures that not only does her team put on an exce(...)

Spencer Matthews (L), Vogue Williams and their baby, Theodore

If Love Island king and queen Jack and Dani’s spin-off reality show has proved anything (other than the fact that discussions about pens and the sale (...)

John Laurie (Private Frazer) and Arthur Lowe (Captain Mainwaring) during an episode of  ‘Dad’s Army’. Photograph: McCarthy/Getty Images

To explore the history of Dad’s Army, you have to enter a near-military environment. Speed bumps, vehicle checks and CCTV impede the route to the buil(...)

“Leo Varadkar comes from a generation that places an enormous premium on being connected and being in touch, that is locked in the feedback loop of approval.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

John Concannon, head of the Government’s now notorious Strategic Communications Unit (SCU), is not Josef Goebbels. The SCU is not, as one might think (...)

As Amazon currently scouts the United States in search of a location for its new HQ2 city mayors from several major cities have been using their best chat-up lines to woo the retail giant. Photograph: David Ryder/Getty Images

I always found it hard to watch British comedy series The Office. Its intense reliance on cringe comedic value made me feel the same way others do abo(...)

Grant Thornton managing partner Paul McCann: “We would all dance around the kitchen every weekend. Me and the kids. I’d put on some tunes and we’d have a bop the lot of us. That’s important.” Photograph:   Cyril Byrne

Late next month, Grant Thornton’s managing partner Paul McCann will vacate the corner office he has occupied for the past five years and make way for (...)

The Apprentice: nothing has changed inside Shuggsy’s Boardroom That Time Forgot

It’s the13th series of The Apprentice and unlike its reality telly contemporaries chopping and changing their format while desperately trying to stay (...)

Shookrah Body & Soul Main Stage, Friday *** Though best fitted to a soulful Sunday or basement jazz club, Shookrah’s odd night placement doesn’(...)

Ricky Gervais as David Brent: “People will complain about a joke to me and get the joke wrong. I’ll say, ‘Well, that joke really is offensive, but that’s not what I said’ ”

One line in David Brent: Life on the Road says a lot about Ricky Gervais’s attitude to the world. The vain, insecure anti-hero of the mockumentary The(...)

Ricky Gervais: “Brent is basically a decent guy; he mistakes popularity for respect and we all want respect, we all want love, we all want to do the right thing.”

In the middle of David Brent: Life on the Road, a new film following the fictional former middle manager-turned-salesman, one of the characters – Paul(...)

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