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April 21, 2009 03:00 ET

Out of Office-Putting The Fun Back Into Working From Home

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 21, 2009) - Out of Office, a new sitcom for the web, launches its debut episode today at http://watchoutofoffice.com Out of Office takes a fresh, funny look at the effects of new technologies on our lives, and the unexpected challenges they can present. An independent production from new writer Mike Smith and director Matt Holt (Headcases, ITV1), this is the first of the ten episode series to be released.

Jason (Ben Neale) and David (Fergus March) are business partners who have set up a virtual office, maintaining a permanent video conference through their computers as they try to build their company. With the line between private and work life more blurred than ever before, Jason's girlfriend Helen (Sarah Coyle) has to find ways to keep Jason's attention where it belongs: on her. Meanwhile, Helen's best friend Susan (Elizabeth Bower) is getting involved whether she likes it or not.

An entertaining and insightful look at working from home, Out of Office examines the impact of technology on our work and private lives. With laptops, smart phones, and universal broadband becoming the norm, does anyone work 9 to 5 anymore?

The cast and crew have an extensive background in UK television and stage; Matt Holt has directed for both ITV1 and ITV2, Fergus March and Ben Neale have both performed in the West End and Elizabeth Bower was in Silent Witness (BBC1) and is currently in Doctors (BBC1).

"What appealed to me about Out of Office was that it was an online sitcom which was actually about the very kinds of people who are seriously engaging with online content," said Matt Holt, director and executive producer. "The fact that Mike had managed to tap into this world while also producing well rounded, believable characters and funny scenarios was very exciting."

"I wanted to write something that reflected my experiences, and that would fit well with the people most likely to see it - people procrastinating at work or at home." explained writer Mike Smith. "After all, there's only so many times you can read the headlines on your favourite news site, so why not watch a comedy instead?"

Out of Office hosted with blip.tv, and can be viewed at http://watchoutofoffice.com.

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