The IT Crowd

10:00pm Monday, November 22 on E4

Moss (Richard Ayoade) becomes a celebrity when he beats all previous records on a popular puzzle show.

10:00pm Monday, November 15 on E4

Series four kicks off with Jen wanting to stretch herself in the workplace, so she applies for the post of Entertainment Manager.

10:00pm Friday, July 30 on C4

In the final show in the current series Douglas finds marriage agrees with him – for all of two weeks. He’s then in court – defending himself – with the help of Jen (Katherine Parkinson), Roy (Chris O’Dowd), Moss (Richard Ayoade) and others.

10:00pm Friday, July 2 on C4

The BAFTA award-winning IT Crowd returns for a fourth series. Moss (Richard Ayoade), becomes a celebrity by beating all records on a popular puzzle show… at the other end of human life Roy (Chris O’Dowd) is mistaken for a window cleaner, while Jen (Katherine Parkinson) is pre-occupied with Douglas’s (Matt Berry) secret meetings with lots of women in fluffy dressing gowns.

If you’re unfamiliar with The IT Crowd, it follows the lives and troubles of Reynholm Industries IT department. It stars Richard Ayoade (who also stars in the brilliant Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace), as Moss, a socially awkward afro-haired dare I say…geek. His colleague and companion is Roy (played by Chris O’Dowd who you may recognise from the movie ‘The Boat that Rocked’) who too is socially awkward, having a narrow amount of more luck with the ladies, which seems to be his ultimate objective. Finally, Katherine Parkinson plays their manager, Jen, who knows nothing about computers (you may recognise Parkinson’s voice from the recent Herbal Essences advert – and her face you may recognise from the Maltesers advert when her twin sister shrinks her jeans in the wash). The three work in a dingy basement at Reynholm Industries in what can best be described as a ‘nerd-pit’ – with walls plastered in posters and memorabilia – which interestingly, in previous series was all sent in by fans of the show.

As a situation comedy, The IT Crowd doesn’t really try desperately to create truly unique comedic situations – it’s simple and just a bit of fun, like most of Graham Linehan’s work (Black Books, Father Ted).

Now on Series 4, it’s a wonder what situations will come up next…

Thankfully, the wonderful opening credits have yet again survived another series without needlessly adjusting what is a classic introduction to the show. I don’t know exactly why I was worried this wouldn’t last, but nonetheless I feared they’d try and vamp up the show with some 3D or something – seeing as that’s the latest pointless modern ‘phase’.

This episode tells the tale of Jen wishing to apply for ‘Entertainment Manager’ at Reynholm Industries, but she is surprised that the job entails taking men to gentlemen’s clubs instead of showing them the culture of London. In the end, to entertain the men, she leaves them to Moss and Roy to play a role-playing game – no, not the sexual kind.

As in all previous episodes, the form of comedy has not changed. Never for me is it laugh-out-loud stuff – except the odd occasion where Matt Berry’s character, Douglas Reynholm, says something sexist. What? Sexism is funny. However, this episode was a little more adult that previous ones – making several sexual references including balls, prostitutes, and The Vagina Monologues. Certainly, adult themes have occurred before, but this time it feels a little too deliberate.

My only gripes with this episode were firstly the role-playing scene when Moss is trying to help Roy get over the end of a long term relationship by acting through characters somewhere along the lines of elves and whatnot  – this scene dragged for me, and whilst I understand what Linehan was trying to do, it didn’t work for me and left me losing interest, and ultimately misunderstanding where any of the humour was coming from.

My second issue with the show was at times Jen was no longer Jen – calling Roy ‘sweetheart’ was supposedly funny, but it was too out of character – her relentlessness to almost impress her boss Douglas seemed completely out of place. This could be a nod to the Godfather movies which the show refers to, but it’s not quite obvious enough for me.

Overall, Series 4 of The IT Crowd looks to continue the same league of easy-watching situation comedy, with very rare laugh out loud moments. It was never going to be as good as Black Books, but Linehan could have tried a little harder. Hopefully, the next episodes will be more memorable and exciting to watch, but more likely, it seems line Linehan needs some new TV show ideas.

10:00pm Friday, June 25 on C4

The BAFTA award-winning IT Crowd returns for a fourth series with Moss (Richard Ayoade), Roy (Chris O’Dowd) and Jen (Katherine Parkinson) still working in the basement for the IT department of Reynholm Industries – under the totally unenlightened rule of Douglas (Matt Berry). Jen wants to stretch herself in the workplace, and applies for the post of Entertainment Manager. When she finds out that amusing her boss Douglas’s business connections has its darker side, she has to turn to Moss and Roy for help.

Wednesday 21 January 2009 at 10:35pm on M4

The third series of the award winning sitcom, written and directed by Graham Linehan. The IT Crowd continues the adventures of Roy (Chris O’Dowd ), Moss (Richard Ayoade) and Jen (Katherine Parkinson), who, against the odds, are still employed by Reynholm Industries as IT consultants.

Wednesday 7 January at 10:35pm on M4

The third series of the award-winning sitcom The IT Crowd follows the further adventures of Roy (Chris O’Dowd ) Moss (Richard Ayoade) and Jen (Katherine Parkinson), who continue against the odds to be employed by Reynholm Industries as IT consultants.

Thursday 1 January at 9:00pm on M4

A chance to see Series Two of The IT Crowd in its entirety tonight on More4. When the dashing Philip from the sixth floor pops in to ask Jen to the theatre, she accepts right away. But, to her annoyance, so do Moss and Roy, turning what could have been a date into a work outing. As the evening spirals towards disaster, she wonders whether Philip is everything he claims to be… Prod: Jamie Glazebrook; Writer/ Dir: Graham Linehan; Series Prod: Ash Atalla; Prod Co: TalkBack Thames

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