Monday, 1 April 2013

Channel 4: The IT Crowd - "The Dinner Party" directed by Graham Linehan (eng. st rom.)

(WIKI) The IT Crowd is a British sitcom by Channel 4, written by Graham Linehan, produced by Ash Atalla and starring Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson and Matt Berry. The "IT" in the show's title can be pronounced as either the word it /ˈɪt/, as in "the 'it' crowd", or as the letters IT /ˌaɪˈtiː/, as in the abbreviation for information technology.

Set in the London offices of the fictional Reynholm Industries, the show revolves around the three staff members of its IT department: a geeky genius named Maurice Moss (Ayoade), the workshy Roy Trenneman (O'Dowd), and Jen Barber (Parkinson), the department head/Relationship Manager, who knows nothing about IT. The show also focuses on the bosses of Reynholm Industries: Denholm Reynholm (Chris Morris) and his son Douglas (Berry).

The comedy premiered on Channel 4 on 3 February 2006, and ran for four series of 6 episodes each. Although a fifth series was commissioned, Graham Linehan announced in 2011 that there would not be a fifth series.

The show was the third successful sitcom creation of Graham Linehan, following Father Ted (co-written with Arthur Mathews) and Black Books (co-written with Dylan Moran).

Jen has finally found love with her new boyfriend, and to celebrate their happiness, they host a dinner party for six of their single friends. Their joy turns to disappointment when all of the men are unable to come, so Jen reluctantly invites Roy, Moss and Richmond to take their places. On arrival at the house, Jen drills the three of them on how to act normally, and for a while, things seem to go well. Roy chooses to sit with a model, but discovers that she was recently in a car accident and her face is wrapped in bandages, so he is uncertain whether or not she is still as beautiful as she used to be; Moss pairs up with another of the three single friends, and the two of them inadvertently start acting as if they are married; Richmond unexpectedly hits it off with the last of Jen's friends. During the dinner party, Roy and Moss discover that Jen's boyfriend's name is Peter File, which sounds similar to the word 'paedophile', which causes much amusement. At the end of the episode, Jen and her new boyfriend set off for a romantic holiday to Paris, but she abandons him at the airport as his name is too embarrassing.

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