The popular British sitcom The Office is now going to learn Hebrew. BBC Worldwide licensed July August Productions to make 15 25-minute episodes for Yes; this will be the sixth foreign version of the show. The head writer will be Uzi Weill, who directed Betipul - which became In Treatment abroad - and the show will be directed by Eitan Tzur.
The show will take place in the fictive Super Office, an office supply company in Petah Tikva. Aside from the unbearable boss, the cast will include an Arab warehouse worker, a haredi saleswoman and a bitter Russian accountant.
The British show's codirector, Ricky Gervais, was quoted as saying, "I am thrilled and amazed that Israel is making The Office with local writers, directors and actors. I mean, who ever heard of Jewish entertainers?" he quipped.
The show is still in its early planning stages; scriptwriters, a set and actors have yet to be chosen. The Israeli Office will debut in April 2010.