British comedian Ricky Gervais has revealed the unlikely inspiration behind his hit TV show THE OFFICE - movie classic Casablanca.

Gervais confesses he stole the love triangle between Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and her screen husband Paul Henreid, replacing them with the characters LEE, DAWN and TIM in the spoof documentary.

He explains, "The love triangle (between Bogart, Bergman and her screen husband Paul Henreid) is fascinating as there are reasons and personality traits for staying with either of them.

"We tried to capture that theme a little with the Dawn, Lee and Tim love triangle."

17/11/2004 14:18