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Recognizing the extent to which Neil is in most respects his superior and is so much more well liked by staff Brent quickly grows to despise and deeply resent him.
In Neil's first appearance he gives a short and well received welcoming speech to the new Slough team, followed by a disastrous and cringe worthy attempt by Brent to carry out a 'professional comedian' stand up routine.
On an occasion Brent invites several of the new staff to a lunch drink, to prove what good company he is, which backfires, when Brent returns to find his old staff enjoying themselves playing with Neil he lashes out only to be given an aggressive dressing down.
Brent is increasingly portrayed as a more desperate and depressed man as Neil's presence continues to crack his self delusions of how people actually see him.
He also revealed that he was in a rock band called Foregone Conclusion, and claimed that they were once supported by Texas. However, his various attitudes and faux-pas — cringe worthy and insulting though they may appear — are rarely maliciously intended; they are frequently the result of extreme naivety and self-delusion, combined with a tendency to say the wrong thing at the wrong time.
This is usually compounded by clumsy attempts at retractions, after realizing the insulting interpretations of his remarks.
Brent is a white-collar office middle-manager and the principal character of the series; he is the general manager of the Slough branch of Wernham-Hogg paper merchants and the boss to most other characters in the series.
Warm, funny, generous man taken far too soon.” The Wanted’s Tom Parker, who appeared on Celebrity Master Chef with Chegwin in 2015, shared a photograph of himself with the TV presenter on Twitter, writing alongside it: “I’m so saddened by the death of Keith Chegwin.
He was such a warm, loving guy and had such an endearing presence.
Brent's need to be recognized as a philosopher and intellectual is also displayed as he is frequently seen sharing inspirational and philosophical quotes with his employees, attempting to come across as if he himself has invented them.
In truth, most of his statements are only direct quotations from such famous writers as George Bernard Shaw and Confucius, which Brent has difficulties in admitting.