It has been more than two and a half years since the last series of The IT Crowd aired on UK television.
Think on that a second.
Two and a half years.
Yet we still live in hope. We hope the show will continue. We hope that the cast and crew will return to complete the fifth and final series of the show and provide the fans the closure we so desperately seek. But is it all just a pipe dream? Has the show already ended and we don’t even realise it?
There has been no official announcement of the shows demise, but all the signs are right there for us to read. Over a year ago, series creator Graham Linehan was quoted as saying that the fifth series would be the last. I had assumed, as I’m sure others did, that would mean that a fifth series would definitely happen and the show would have one last hurrah for all of its eager fans.
Over a year later, there’s still no word about the show. At all.
Looking back, it’s obvious to me now that the signs began at the end of the third series. The stars of the show, most notably Richard Ayoade and Chris O’Dowd were starting to make a name for themselves and began to venture beyond British Television, into movies and the glittering heights of Hollywood.
Chris O’Dowd, the actor behind the lovable Irish IT geek Roy character in the show, was the first. He got a bit part in Simon Pegg’s How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, then moved on to a land a leading role in the superb Indie movie FAQ About Time Travel before finally snagging a supporting role in the excellent British movie, The Boat That Rocked all in 2009.
Richard Ayoade, the actor portraying the beautifully naive Moss character, focused more on his own project, Submarine, which he both wrote and directed. The movie starred Paddy Constantine and was critically well-received.
Both careers delayed production of The IT Crowd and there was a two year wait for us to finally get the fourth series. And what a series it was. Every episode was absolutely amazing. Obviously, series creator Graham Linehan was able to use the extra year to polish the scripts to perfection.
After the fourth season of the IT Crowd wrapped, O’Dowd and Ayoade’s schedules became even more packed as both stars ventured further into the realms of Hollywood.
O’Dowd has managed to land himself a number of meaty roles in major Hollywood films since series four of The IT Crowd wrapped, including Dinner for Schmucks, Gulliver’s Travels, Bridesmaids and Friends with Kids, with a number of movies still in production.
In addition to this, O’Dowd has also secured himself a number of roles on US Television, already playing but parts in Family Guy and Girls, along with securing a lead role in Christopher Guest’s (yes, THE Christopher Guest of Spinal Tap fame) new comedy show “Family Tree” which we reported was picked up by HBO last week.
Ayoade has just featured in Ben Stiller’s below average comedy movie The Watch, alongside Vince Vaughan and Jonah Hill, yet despite poor reviews, Ayoade’s performance was well received and a particular highlight of the movie.
Since then, Ayoade has returned his focus back to directing, taking the reigns of the “Critical Film Studies” episode of Community and seems to be taking on another personal project, both writing and directing his forthcoming movie The Double, set to star Mia Wasikowska and Jesse Eisenberg among others.
Yes and no.
On the one hand, it’s obvious that both stars have taken steps beyond British TV in order to further their careers. O’Dowd is quickly becoming a household name in both the UK and the US, whilst Ayoade is very much taking the path of a critically successful Auteur.
On the other hand, there is still yet hope. All information suggests Ayaode has no further projects beyond The Double, which is scheduled to be released at some point this year and whilst O’Dowd’s schedule is still pretty full his recent project, Moone Boy, which will also air sometime this year, proves that the actor will still entertain UK television roles.
Will the cast and crew return to make the fifth and final season of the hit comedy show? Or is it the end of The IT Crowd? Let me know in the comments section below – it’d be awesome to hear your opinions.
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