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Readers rejoice, the IT Crowd is to return with a fifth series of the popular Channel 4 sitcom. IT Crowd creator Graham Linehan confirmed to reporters at a Bafta screening of the upcoming fourth series last night that a fifth instalment of the show had already been commissioned. The über “turn it off and on again” IT support …


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  1. Squirrel


    and watch 'FAQ About Time Travel' whilst you're at it.

    1. andy gibson

      FAQ About Time Travel

      was a complete load of crap.

  2. Anonymous Coward

    Not Fair..

    ... I want an El Reg mug for the office!

    1. Captain Thyratron

      Then buy one!

      I'm pretty sure the things are for sale.

      1. Anonymous Coward

        title required

        I looked at the store - only teeshirts! Thats probably inappropriate attire for the office.

  3. Ed Blackshaw Silver badge

    I Hope

    They bring back Chris Morris

    1. Anonymous Coward


      ...Noel Fielding for an episode or two.

  4. Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse Silver badge
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    I watched...

    But didn't see any of the votive El Reg offerings in the show.

    Still Katherine Parkinson back on the screen is no bad thing ;-)

  5. Bonce

    El Reg Merchandise

    Was any of it seen on the show?

  6. Anonymous Coward

    Couldn't get past the first season

    Just too many old tired jokes that I have heard ages ago. Nothing new in there and the characters were annoying more than anything.

    Perhaps I'm missing something in the new seasons though. I doubt it.

    1. Chris007

      I nearly didn't but glad I did

      The first series was certainly a 20 yr old cliche inducing gut fest but they found their feet after this and I really enjoyed series 2 and 3.

    2. Graham Marsden

      Perhaps I'm missing something...

      ... yes, The Big Bang Theory!

      Geek humour that's actually funny.

    3. Ancient Oracle funkie
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      Damn! I forgot to add a title

      Why so many thumbs down? All the AC said was that he/she didn't get past the 1st series. What's more, neither did I. It probably promised too much, not only written by one of the writers of Father Ted but also featuring Chris Morris. What could possibly go wrong?

      For me, just about everything. Didn't make me laugh and the acting seemed a wee bit hammy. So I didn't get to the end of the first series and sort-of assumed that when the 2nd series appeared without Chris Morris, it was because he didn't find it funny either (whereas in reality he might have had other things to do).

      But if the consensus is that later series were better, I might tune in again.

      Paris - and thumbs ...

  7. LuMan
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    I'm so excited I just went to the toilet a little bit!!

  8. Mark Rendle


    It beggars belief that it got past the pilot.

  9. memgrubb


    Love it! Miss Chris Morris though.

  10. Elmer Phud
    IT Angle


    "Click here to install upgrades before restarting"

  11. Peter H. Coffin

    Props Dept Field Trip

    Hopefully, they'll get to at least view some photographs of actual geeky offices, as most tend to have thematic elements rather more focused than just "geeky". While a Star Trek fan might let a little Star Wars crap occupy some space, it will seldom be equal, and even within the broad group of "Star Trek Fan", the vast majority will exhibit distinct preferences for TOS, TNG, or Later Series...

    And then we get into the whole rant about props looking entirely too new and shiny to be the worn tools and loved detritus of a life lived...

  12. Gaz Jay

    I hope

    I just hope it's better than the last two series. And they get rid of Douglas Reynholm (can't stand that character).

  13. Annihilator Silver badge

    Jen revived

    Does this mean she won't need to appear on bloody Maltesers commercials anymore? Granted she is marginally funnier in those.

  14. Mark73
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    I don't know...

    ... if it's the loss of blood or the melting plastic from the monitor, but I feel great!

  15. pctechxp

    Great news

    I just hope the Jesus phone doesn't not make an appearance as it isn't a geek's device.

    1. Russ Tarbox


      Great to see someone manages to squeeze in an anti-apple comment.

      Now we just need some Linux loser to moan that they only use Windows or some other bullshit.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward


        episode's intro's Blue screen is a Fedora Kernel Panic, so there's some linux in there, who needs it *shrug*

    2. Anonymous Coward

      A quick shout round the office..........

      says geeks use nokias (5), iphone, (2) Android (1 each HTC & Nexus) motorola v3i (1) & Sony Ericsson (2).

      I have shot the non geeks!

      1. Steven Knox

        Yeah, but

        did you check the vibrate on those phones...?

      2. John Sanders

        You forgot...

        The blackberries.

  16. Piro

    You people drink..

    .. Like you don't want to live!

  17. Winters


    Stop sending me fake BOFH alerts in my emails, you heartless bastards! Seriously, you are just grinding my day into the ground every time you send me one of those emails and I find out that you have been lying to me again. I hate you right now, El Reg.

  18. King Jack

    what happened to series 4?

    To my knowledge there have only been 3 series of this show? As shown by TV listing and torrent sites.

    1. Andy ORourke

      I think you are right

      Any new series would be series 4 right, not 5? (Unless of course they are using the same versioning as Microsoft (couldnt resist a dig :-))

    2. NoneSuch Silver badge
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      Series 4

      Series 4 supposedly airs in June on Channel 4.

      It is already on the Channel4 website, but no air dates as of yet.

      This is a quote from that site:

      "Jen is looking for new challenges and applies to be the Entertainment Officer, Moss beats all records on a popular spelling show and Roy spends a disproportionate amount of time trying to convince an old friend that he is not a window cleaner. Inevitably, there's naked aerobics, bunking off work, marriages and divorces."

    3. Anonymous Coward

      @King Jack

      Learn to read, or get a minion to read it out to you.

    4. PaulStevo

      re read the article?

      "upcoming fourth series" in, not been on yet. I believe the article also says it's to be shown in the summer :)

    5. King Jack

      I should learn to read..

      I really should clean my specs before commenting. (but I don't wear them).

  19. Mike Green
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    re: pctechxp

    But remember, they started off slagging off friendface too, then were sucked into it....

    Yay! 2 more series to watch. The second was a bit iffy, but the 3rd was even funnier.

    Damn these electric sex pants!

    1. Thomas 4
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      That accounting team...

      I of them. *keels over*

  20. Anonymous Coward
    IT Angle

    the IT Crowd was never funny

    Never, not for an instant, could do with some funny lines and rehersal ...

  21. Russ Tarbox
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    Great show.

    They got all the cheesy jokes out of the way early and now it's gone the way of Father Ted ... absolutely bizarre, brilliant and not really a lot to do with the IT aspect at all. I love it - never fails to make me laugh.

  22. DrStrangeLug

    Didnt find it funny.

    The Big Bang Theory though - that space rocks!

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      no laughing matter

      TBBT is so unfunny it pains me to catch sight of a it while channel hopping.

      1. Bonzo the Wonder Dog
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        Couldn't agree more, o kindred spirit

        TBBT is hideous, and typical of a very old genre - The American Index Finger Comedy... Fonzie walks in shot, strikes pose with index finger extended, "live studio audience" ruins collective trousers, repeat for 11 years at 26 episodes per year...

        Give us peace.

  23. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I have an idea

    What about giving Antoine de Caunes a part in the show, perhaps a French IT administrator who takes part in some kind of fact-finding cross-cultural, EU-subsidised exchange thingy, and finds their operation "a bit 20th century" whilst constantly saying that in France IT is a stylish highly paid job and women find IT workers debonair, suave and sophisticated, much to the irritation of those two gobshites? Jen could be all over him like a rash, citing Kate Sanderson as her all time roll model.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      no thanks

      are you Antoine de Caunes?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: no thanks


  24. Alex 79
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    I was there...watching

    And it were great - I did actually wet myself slightly but only cos the Q&A was too long and I'd had a beer. Series 4 is starting in June, but they were told as they finished filming that they were getting a fifth one so all good.

    All I can say is, I didn't think being a roleplayer could have been any uncooler until I watched one of the new episodes.

    I'm ashamed, don't look at me.

  25. Admiral Grace Hopper Silver badge

    Oh - you are a load of old grumpy pants, arent you?

    Is there one of you who hasn't wished that they'd thought of doing the "Internet Presentation" to a team of managementroids?

  26. illiad

    If you are a true bizarro geek...

    then like some here you will love IT crowd...

    But if you love BigBang, you are really a full nerd - check it properly, only a small part is computers, the rest manga, quantum stuff, etc...

    I will leave you to argue about the name being right or not.... :P :P :P

  27. Keith T

    I wonder why it isn't shown in Canada

    Usually at least some speciality cable channel will pick up popular Brit Coms.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      International release...

      Because bittorrent suits us all fine? ;)

  28. mark l 2 Silver badge
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    I'm disabled, leg disabled

    Sooo glad to hear the IT crowd returning for 2 more series, i defo think that the later series were better than the first one, think they have a nice balance between geek humour and general laughs that even none IT literate people will find funny.

    Well certainly my ex GF loved it and she wouldnt even know how to turn it off to turn it back on again.

  29. jason 7
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    Still think the Gay musical episode....

    ......was one of the funniest half hours of TV ever made.

    "oh he did want to borrow the Heat magazine!"

  30. Youngdog

    No love for Matt Berry?


    And rememeber - it's The Internet, it doesn't weigh anything!

    And bring back Richmond!

  31. Winkypop Silver badge
    IT Angle


    I've loved all of the IT Crowd series so far..


    It's not reality TV

    It's not a cooking show

    It's not a dancing show

    It''s not a cop show

    It's not a life-style show.....and

    It's not a sports show.

  32. Tim Bates


    The new number for the emergency services is 0118999881999119725............3

  33. Badwolf

    Written on a Mac

    Perhaps its not funny to the High Tech janitors amongst us....

  34. Conrad Longmore

    0118 999..

    Oh come on.. it has some of the funniest things ever:

    0118 999 881 999 119 725... 3.

    You wouldn't kill a policeman

    Internet in a Box

    A stack of great quotes can be found here:

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Thanks for the quotes page!

      Loved the Tramps Like Us episode where Roy gets electrocuted by Douglas's pants and reboots with the Windows startup tune. - classic.

      Glad its coming back - one of the good shows on TV.

      And the Speech episode with the Internet in a box.

  35. Phuzi
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    didn't Denholm commit suicide at the beginning of series 3.

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