TV REVIEW: The IT Crowd Special – 27th Sept


If The Big Bang Theory is too cerebrally unlikely for you, then catch the final act of the true TV geeks… The IT Crowd!

If, like me, you are a huge fan of TBBT, you’re also aware of the striking paradox of the show: although we all identify with the characters’ situations, we actually don’t know any theoretical physicists or rocket engineers (most of us, anyway!). The IT Crowd is different… we ALL know someone like Moss, Roy and Jen!

If you only have a scant knowledge of the show, Jen Barber (Katherine Parkinson) is a chancer – an inept clerical administrator, with not much knowledge of anything really, who dreams of being a corporate exec with a swanky office overlooking London. After blagging her way into the criminally negligent Reynholm Industries, she secures the role of IT Manager, without even knowing what IT stands for, but instead of attaining the heady heights, she find that the IT dept is hidden in the basement. There she finds social awkward computer wiz Maurice Moss (Richard Ayoade), the sloth-like, disgruntled, co-worker Roy (Chris O’Dowd), and the gothic, almost Crow-esque, Richmond Avenal (Noel Fielding). Together they try to do as little work as possible whilst staying under the radar of their sexually driven boss Douglas Reynholm (Matt  Berry).

The show ran for four glorious seasons, and after years of re-runs, it will be returning to TV screens for a final episode next week.

GS got to see a preview of the one-off one-hour special, and it is every bit as brilliant as any other previous episodes. Without giving any spoilers, it tips a hat to many previous plot points and in-jokes, including Jen’s small box that contains the entire Internet, and Moss’ love of board games – the episode actually opens with Moss having his own internet TV game review program. The main plot for this finale concerns Jen & Roy both becoming “internet sensation figures of hate” when they are inadvertently filmed throwing coffee at a bag-lady, and scolding a little person for being to short to serve coffee; at the same time Reynholm is out & about filming Secret Millionaire, looking about as convincingly disguised as a polar bear in sunglasses trying to get into elephants-only night-club… honestly, you couldn’t write this stuff – although clearly they can!

I sat with my boys and we collectively laughed our heads off, and at the end we all acknowledged that they had beautifully tied up all the loose ends of the past four seasons. The leads have all gone of to do bigger things, with both O’Dowd & Ayoade having Hollywood films under their belts now, so I think it’s fair to say that, that it’s now.  But it’s a great ending to a fabulous show – the final episode will be broadcasting on Friday 27th September at 9pm on  Channel 4 during a special The IT Crowd Night – if you’ve nothing better to do that night than wipe your hard drive, rebuild your image of Win7 and then customise all your program settings, stick a note in you diary!

GS Rating: 5/5

Source: Channel 4

GS Reporter: SilverFox

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