The original United Kingdom TV series was created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. It starred Gervais as the boss and main character of the show. The first broadcast was on BBC Two on 9 July 2001. The show ran for 14 episodes – two series of six episodes and a two-part Christmas special. The longest-running version is United States adaptation, which ran for 9 seasons from 2005 to 2013. Germany's Stromberg has seen 46 episodes over five seasons and a movie aired 2014 in German cinemas.