The Armstrongs

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The Armstrongs
Created by Fergus O'Brien
Starring Ann Armstrong
John Armstrong
Michael Handel
Basil Mienie
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 8 (Series 1); and a Christmas special
Running time 30 minutes
Christmas Special: 90 minutes
Original network BBC
Original release 22 February – 10 May 2006; and a Christmas special December 2006

The Armstrongs was a British television drama/documentary series broadcast on the BBC in the UK. The Armstrongs was an access-all-areas insight into the unorthodox and sometimes ruthless business antics that are routine at "U-Fit", Coventry's third-biggest double glazing company. The show is narrated by actor Bill Nighy.

This was the second TV outing for the Armstrongs. The first was in a one-off documentary in 2003 called "The Office Christmas Party", which showed the preparations for U-Fit's Christmas party.

There is some discussion as to whether it is a true fly-on-the wall documentary, a fictional comedy with an elaborately constructed presence on the internet, or a mixture of the two.[citation needed] Note that U-Fit the company appears in the online Yellow Pages.[original research?]


Driven by the desire for profit, management team John and Ann Armstrong are constantly spying on their unwieldy sales force with CCTV cameras and phone taps. But motivating the team is an uphill struggle and John and Ann must resort to ever-more desperate measures to boost sales. Despite their best endeavours, their plans backfire with alarming frequency. However, woe betide anyone who gets in the way of their dream of becoming multi-millionaires.

The idea is a kind of all-too-real-life version of The Office, set in Coventry. Ann is the more talkative of the two, a mixture of starry-eyed optimist and petty disciplinarian. John mostly just swears a lot and criticises Ann's schemes for improving the company - such as hiring a Zimbabwean motivational guru called Basil Mienie (pronounced 'meanie').

The Armstrongs: The Movie[edit]

A film length special was made for Christmas in 2006. It was compiled from material from the series.

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