Graham Linehan will end his sitcom after one more special
The IT Crowd will not return for a fifth series, its creator has revealed.
Graham Linehan, who also wrote Father Ted, said that sitcom, based in an IT support basement of a corporation, will come back for one special before ending next year. Talking to fans via Reddit, Linehan said: “I’ll say right off the bat… the bad news is no IT Crowd series five. [The] chief reason was the fact that I just wasn’t looking forward to it the way I used to. I felt that the last series was a nice strong point to go out on, and anything further might just be running on the spot. You don’t do your best work when you’re running on the spot.”
Explaining his decision, he added:
It feels like a natural time to wind things down. Apart from anything else, we’re probably reaching that stage where it begins to feel odd that Roy, Jen and Moss are still stuck down in that basement. I don’t want to start giving everybody babies to make it feel like they’re moving on with their lives.
However, Linehan said that he would not rule out making a film with the characters: “It all depends on whether I can come up with a good idea for one. One good enough to attract all the cast. It needs to deserve to be a film, though. So it’s got to be big on all sorts of different levels.”
He also teased that the characters from the sitcom could return in their own specials, separate from the office: “Even if [the film] doesn’t happen, I’m quite interested in the idea of the IT Crowd universe. Like the DC or Marvel universes. You know, maybe catching up with Bennie Wong as Prime or Douglas’ Big Spaceology Wedding… these might end up being future specials.”
The IT Crowd ran for four series, making stars of Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson and Chris O’Dowd. Ayoade directed this year’s movie Submarine.