Monday, 1 April 2013

Channel 4: The IT Crowd - "Men Without Women" 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).

Douglas travels far and wide in his quest to bed Jen and is given a love potion by a mysterious, blind, Irish sorcerer. On his return to Reynholm Industries, and following a lengthy campaign of pointless phone calls to the basement, Douglas offers Jen a position as his personal assistant. Having realised she's wasting her life in the position she's in, she accepts, but this leaves Moss and Roy free to wreak havoc in the basement as they engage in a day of not wearing trousers and playing a form of golf where Roy tries to pot a ball in Moss's mouth. However, this soon wears thin, and as Douglas continues his efforts to bed Jen, he resorts to the sorcerer's potion, which turns out to be Rohypnol. Roy and Moss eventually rescue Jen from Douglas's sexual advances, but soon find themselves threatened by him; she locks them both in with him when she finds out they replaced her with an answering machine and pandemonium ensues.

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