Monday, 1 April 2013

Channel 4: The IT Crowd - "The Work Outing" 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 is asked on a date by "Phillip from Six" to watch a play, and when Roy and Moss doubt the heterosexuality of her date, they invite themselves along in the hope of hilarity ensuing. Roy and Moss's suspicions are further reinforced when the play turns out to be a production of "Gay! – A Gay Musical", during which the two are mistaken for a couple during the audience participation segment. During the intermission, Moss and Roy are unable to urinate in the gents' due to the presence of a toilet attendant, so they use the staff and disabled facilities respectively. However, after mistaking the emergency cord for the toilet flush, Roy pretends to be disabled, resulting in him being taken to Manchester as part of a group of gay disabled men, while Moss pretends to be a staff member, which results in him becoming a bartender. Jen confronts her date about his sexuality and when she mentions his interest in her Heat magazine, he comes clean, saying he hoped his relationship with Jen would work because she looks like a man.

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