All six episodes from Season 3 of the award-winning Channel 4 sitcom set in the dingy subterranean IT department of the otherwise sparklingly modern Reynholm Industries. Episodes are: 'From Hell', 'Are We Not Men?', 'Tramps Like Us', 'Speech', 'Friendface' and 'Calendar Geeks'.
If you’ve not met Moss, Jen and Roy before, then here’s as good a place to start as any. As the IT Crowd
of the show’s title, the trio find themselves relegated to the basement, only called upon when the company above them has a computer problem that needs solving. And as viewers of series one and two can testify, this provides a superb setting for one of the best comedy shows currently running.
Written (and directed too) by Graham Linehan, one of the geniuses behind Father Ted and Black Books, The IT Crowd this time lacks Noel Fielding, but has plenty to fill the gap he leaves. If there’s a particular favourite episode, it’s the one that rips apart the Facebook phenomenon by uncovering some information that it’s fair to say was best left covered up. And you’re unlikely to forget the box that apparently holds the entire Internet, too. Not for the first time in the show, a genius idea, superbly executed.
It’s a slightly uneven series, and one that saves its weakest episodes for first and last. But across the six episode run of The IT Crowd, there are plenty of laughs from a show that continues to deliver time and time again. Series four, fortunately, has already been commissioned, and off the back of what we get here, it’s got a high standard to aim for. --Jon Foster