This is the A comedy MP3 soundboard dedicated to the IT Crowd sitcom situation comedy series. I.T. Crowd.
A kleptomaniac, fast food junkie addicted to computer games, a dysfunctional social outcast who is still dressed by his mother, and a woman who knows absolutely nothing about computers and the IT Crowd. Stars Chris Morris.
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A.S.K. - A Short Film - Photographs
She's a busy Miss Lizzie
You're busy (2)
Bing bong noise
What's the precise nature of the problem
What the heck is tappas?
You know tappas, tiny food from Spain
You're a tape ass
Because she's dead
Dum dee dum
How nice is this
Er, er, er
I was the last person to sleep with her
Did you hear anyone laughing like in the kitchen area
Leave it with me
She reminded me of me at her age
I'm Roy, from IT
Yeah, she's dead. She died
I would honestly rather sleep with a rat
In a tappas restaurant, he doesn't like sharing
Yeah that's not how you say it
Oh yeah, I used to work as a waiter. If anyone was rude to me, I used to carry their food around in my trousers
What can I do for you
Why do you need to know?
Yes, yes I am
Yes it is
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Channel 4 sitcom written by Graham Linehan (Father Ted, Black Books) and produced by Ash Atalla (The Office). Currently, only one series of six The IT Crowd episodes has been produced. The show was filmed in front of a live audience at Teddington Studios. The first two episodes were broadcast by Channel 4 on Friday February 3, 2006. A second series of eight episodes has been commisioned by Channel 4.
In a first for Channel 4, each episode of the IT crowd is available for download via the station's web site for the seven days preceding its initial TV broadcast. Downloads are only available for UK viewers and are supplied in Windows Media Video format. Each download was encoded with DRM restrictions. This caused a minor uproar from the internet fanbase. It has been nominated for best sitcom for the 2006 Rose d'Or.
* 1 Situation and Plot
* 2 Cast
o 2.1 Guest appearances
* 3 Episodes
o 3.1 Season 1
+ 3.1.1 Episode 1 - Yesterday's Jam
+ 3.1.2 Episode 2 - Calamity Jen
+ 3.1.3 Episode 3 - Fifty-Fifty
+ 3.1.4 Episode 4 - The Red Door
+ 3.1.5 Episode 5 - The Haunting of Bill Crouse
+ 3.1.6 Episode 6 - Aunt Irma Visits
* 4 Cultural references
* 5 External links
Situation and Plot
The IT Crowd is set in the offices of Reynholm Industries, a fictional British corporation in central London. It focuses on the shenanigans of the three-strong IT support team located in a dingy, untidy and unkempt basement - a stark contrast to the shining modern architecture and stunning London views enjoyed by the rest of the organisation.
Moss and Roy, the two technicians, are portrayed as socially inept geeks. Despite the company's utter dependence on their services, they are despised by the rest of the staff. Roy's exasperation is reflected in his support techniques of ignoring the phone in the hope it will stop ringing, and using reel-to-reel tape recordings of stock IT suggestions ("Have you tried turning it off and on again?", "Are you sure it's plugged in?"). Moss's wide and intricate knowledge of all things technical is reflected in his extremely accurate yet utterly indecipherable suggestions, while demonstrating a complete inability to deal with practical problems like extinguishing fires and removing spiders.
Jen, the third member of the team, is hopelessly non-technical, despite claiming on her rÃ©sumÃ© that she has "a lot of experience with computers". As Denholm, the company boss, is equally tech-illiterate, he's convinced by Jen's interview bluffing and appoints her head of the I.T. department. Her official title is "relationship manager", yet her attempts at bridging the gulf between the technicians and the business generally have the opposite effect, landing Jen in situations just as ludicrous as those of her team-mates.
* Roy - Chris O'Dowd : Roy is a laid back, lazy IT engineer who goes to great lengths to avoid performing his role within the organisation. He constantly eats junk food and has a low regard for his career in technology, despite signs that he is more than capable. He is a big fan of comics and often reads them when he is supposed to be working.
* Maurice Moss or "Moss" - Richard Ayoade : Moss is a typical computer nerd, and displays characteristics of Asperger's Syndrome in his personality. The humour in his character is derived from his Aspergers-like comments and his intricate and detailed knowledge. He is also a pastafarian, as a picture of The Spaghetti Monster is behind his desk.
* Jen - Katherine Parkinson : Jen is a woman who enters the department in episode one as a new starter, placed there seemingly at random by boss Denholm, despite her lack of technical or technology management experience. Her role is that of a relationship manager. She has admitted to a propensity for telling lies in order to further her own goals.
* Denholm Reynholm - Chris Morris : Denholm is a director of Reynholm Industries, and is a parody of modern earnest upper management, always ready with a new and often ridiculous initiative (mixed-gender lavatories in the office, stress-busting seminars, and so forth) to boost performance in a company he openly boasts as employing attractive people who do very little work and are all having affairs. Denholm is very easily distracted however, and often pays little attention to the people he is talking to.
* Richmond Avenal - Noel Fielding : A Goth with a possibly ill-fitting and normally cheerful accent whose new-found love for Cradle of Filth instigates his downfall from being Denholm's second-in-command. He works behind the red door all on his own, shunned by the rest of the department.
* Daniel - Oliver Chris : Daniel is the security guard that Jen falls for, but unfortunately her plans for romance go pear-shaped after he needs her help on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
* Rebecca - Hannah Bourne : Rebecca goes on a date with Roy after he puts in a classified ad online which made him sound like a pyscho.
* Paul, Denholm's cultural adviser - Danny Wallace : Fired by Denholm for his choice of gift to the Japanese, but regains his position after a quick hand on the 'Profanity Buzzer'
* Bill Crouse - Adam Buxton : Goes on a date with Jen and after being told by Moss that she'd subsequently died, told the entire office that he was the last person to sleep with her.
Episode 1 - Yesterday's Jam
The un-technical boss is fooled by Jen's techno-bluffing, and appoints Jen as the manager of the IT support office. She has no idea what she is doing with computers. Roy and Moss want to get rid of her.
She doesn't want to work in a basement, and Roy and Moss don't want a manager at all (each one thought he was in charge) but they accept her in the end.
Episode 2 - Calamity Jen
Denholm (the Boss) declares "War on Stress". Moss and Roy attend a seminar on stress while Jen buys a pair of shoes she falls in love with, but which are two sizes too small, causing plenty of stress in the basement. A fire breaks out after a soldering iron is used, causing many problems.
Episode 3 - Fifty-Fifty
Jen impresses the security guard Daniel by correctly guessing the answers to some of his musical questions. Roy and Moss invent a dangerous persona in an attempt to lure people on an online dating site in order to win a bet.
However, things go horribly wrong when Daniel realizes that Jen was just guessing as he loses at "Who Wants to be a Millionare?".
Episode 4 - The Red Door
While Roy becomes stuck under a desk with Moss attempting to rescue him, Jen investigates the strange red door in the basement, leading to her discovery of Richmond, a lonely Goth.
Jen discovers Richmond's fall from grace through a series of flashbacks and tries to help him, while Roy tries not to become a 'desk rabbit'.
Episode 5 - The Haunting of Bill Crouse
Moss tells an extraordinary lie to help Jen escape the attention of Bill Crouse - he tells him that she is dead. Meanwhile, Roy is trying to escape the attention of a woman of his own.
Episode 6 - Aunt Irma Visits
The arrival of Jen's "lady time of the month" has unexpected consequences for the office.
Jen's in a bad mood, Moss feels weird, Roy bursts into tears, and even Richmond's been feeling gloomy. The only cure is to have a big girly night out with scented candles, and Dirty Dancing saves the day, before cutting a rug at the office party.
Despite its deliberate traditional sitcom format, the density of the show's geek cultural references quite possibly exceeds anything previously seen on TV. While clearly exaggerated for effect, many of the iconic props and dressings are commonly found in IT departments:
* The Slashdot and Boing Boing websites appear on Roy's monitor.
* Endless old computers, including a Pet, ZX81, BBC Micro and Mac Plus are strewn around the basement.
* Posters for retro computer games Elite, Underwurlde and Alien 8.
* Posters of old 8-bit computers, including Atari 400 and Atari 800
* Boxed versions of discontinued PC software - Xara Studio; Starship Titanic; The Lost Treasures of Infocom.
* Walls and desks are covered with Indie comics swag, including plastic action figures and posters of Jim Woodring's Frank and Pulque, Jimmy Corrigan, Daniel Clowes's Eightball, and others.
* A poster of Matthew Gast's 802.11 Protocol Map
* The office is plastered with EFF stickers, including 'Mp3 is not a Crime' and 'Fair Use has a posse'.
* A menagerie of O'Reilly Media animals - including the Perl camel and a moth mug - occupy the office.
* Warning/information signs are used decoratively - 'Emergency Exit' on Moss's desk; a WIFI hotspot; 'Beware of the bull'.
* The title sequence animation includes a Judge Dredd poster and a Linux kernel version 2.6.11 panicking during a Fedora Core 4 installation on Moss's PC.
* Artwork includes Japanese artist Hokusai's The Great Wave and the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
* A lava lamp appears atop the filing cabinet; shelves display a Rubik's Cube, Clock and the GSR game 'Open Secrets'.
* Roy has worn t-shirts showing "RTFM", an alien from Space Invaders, the Flash's lightning bolt, Pac-Man, and the number 42 (presumably from the popular book series, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy).
Like the physical props, the dialogue (both technical and cultural) contains authentic references. Any technobabble is likely to be an in-joke for geek viewers, and most episodes contain both film and music references:
* Cradle of Filth, as mentioned in episode 4 (The Red Door), do exist, however 'Coffin Fodder' as mentioned during the funeral scene, is not track four on any of their albums, but actually track nine of 'Nymphetamine'
* Cradle of Filth are referred to by Richmond as a darkwave band, which is manifestly incorrect.
* The first episode's subplot with Denholm, in which he's told his computer is now voice-activated, becomes an immediate parody - including dialogue - of the scene in Star Trek IV in which Scotty, stuck in 1984 with "ancient" technology, tries to work an original Apple Macintosh by talking into its mouse.
* An article on the word Desk Rabbit has also been added to wikipedia, which is of course a term partially spawned by The IT Crowd.