Filming of The IT Crowd

I got into work the other day and the guys said they got tickets for new sitcom called The IT Crowd. Rob had the cheap night out idea of checking out what tickets you get for free and applied for four. Luckily my lovely friend Nikki, works for Talkback Thames and was able to get … Continue reading “Filming of The IT Crowd”

I got into work the other day and the guys said they got tickets for new sitcom called The IT Crowd. Rob had the cheap night out idea of checking out what tickets you get for free and applied for four. Luckily my lovely friend Nikki, works for Talkback Thames and was able to get me a couple. It’s written by Graham Linehan of Father Ted fame and produced by Ash Atalla (The Office), so off to a good start there. It’s about the IT support department stuck in the murky basement of modern office block. I’ve worked on a helpdesk before and found the set quite accurate to my previous surroundings. I also know that a majority of IT bods tend to be highly egotistical or, like chefs, completely mad. Either way, this could lead to some interesting character profiles.

When you go to these types of shows, it’s common for a stand-up comic to stretch-out the laughter glands of the audience. This case was no exception and the gags were provided by Patrick (don’t know his surname). He was very funny. He didn’t have a routine, but just played off crowd banter enquiring into peoples occupations, like Mark, who makes hair dye.


It looked to me like a tough task keeping us all entertained. In between scenes the director would ask Patrick fill in for two minutes. Patrick, on demand would pop-up and be funny. He did a very good job. One of the funniest moments was when he tried to explain what a goth is. Asking the audience if there was any present, a middle aged woman stood up. Patrick, along with the rest of us were perplexed. The woman then responded with “My name is Janet Goff”.

We watched some VT of previously recorded scenes whilst they recorded our laughter before the three main actors walked in as if they’d just come from previous scene. I was pleased to discover that Chris Morris played the crazy MD of the company. Then, when he spoke I realised I recognised the actor Richard Ayoade who I’ve seen in The Mighty Boosh and Nathan Barley.

The best surprise, to which myself and Vince were very excited about was the goth was played by Noel Fielding, surreal comic and half of the brains behind The Might Boosh. Just the presence of this man entertained us the highest degree. In between scenes, whilst the director was talking to some actors, Fielding – not even in any of these scenes – sauntered right through the middle like he was invisible.

The whole experience was enjoyable, the 2½ hours flew by. It’s good value for money too, being free and all.

11 thoughts on “Filming of The IT Crowd”

  1. Did any of the cast members wear anything with the text 1337 on ’em ? 🙂

    I sent them some gear to use, just wondering if they actually will/did 🙂

    peace 🙂

  2. Great Channel 4 puts out an Advert for new comedy series about IT and you check their website and theres nothing on it. All you find on search sites is this and another Blog plus a dodgy site which has pictures of Computers that unless your over 25 you probably wouldn’t recognise as a peice of IT equipment. on the plus side the comment is bang on, but don’t forget if you tried turning it off and back on again and it still doesn’t work try turning it off for longer
    Good Luck with It IRMA (btw that was a company that made computer 3270 emulation adapters in the 80’s but you knew that right)
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  3. Richard Ayoade wasn’t actually in Mighty Boosh as far as I’ve seen. If you meant the Hendrix-esque character who gives Noel a flute, that was Julian Barratt, but blacked-up and with false teeth in.

    Richard was one of the main characters in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace though.

    As you were.

  4. Richard Ayoade was in the stage versions & pilot of Mighty Boosh but was under contract to Channel 4 so couldn’t do the BBC series

  5. Richard was in the mighty boosh. In the episodes where Naboos book was lost and some gran had been released.

  6. You’re one lucky duck! Thanks for giving us a behind-the-scenes peek at what it’s like filming the show.

    I’m a big fan of the series and became the TV.com Editor for “The IT Crowd”. I’ll post a link in the forums to this entry, since I’m sure other fans will be interested in it.

    Oh, and in case you didn’t hear, “The IT Crowd” has been renewed and will have EIGHT episodes in 2007.

    http://www.tv.com/the-it-crowd/show/54188/summary.html

  7. Well Jo, you could try the Yellow Pages or a search engine, you see, I don’t actually know the guy personally.

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