Bits and Bobs (Vol. 13): Be part of 'The IT Crowd'

Remember back in July when we powwowed about our favorite British sitcoms? Some of you with impeccable taste recommended The IT Crowd, Channel 4’s show about the basement-dwelling computer team of a massive London corporation. PopWatcher Trey declared, “I bet on [star] Richard Ayoade to take Rainn Wilson in a kar-a-te match any day,” and I’m with him. Now, lucky for us, IFC is airing the kick-arse comedy’s first two seasons starting tomorrow at 10pm, as part of Automat, their new Tuesday-night programming block. Bye-bye fuzzy YouTube clips! So long region 2 DVDs that never played well!

If you want a taste of the The IT Crowd right away, check out this clip from the pilot. It’s a cracking first episode: We meet geeky Moss (Ayoade), who’s stoked to own the new Harry Potter in two editions, his partner Roy (Chris O’Dowd), who only scores with women when he’s fixing their hard drives, and their new boss Jen (Katherine Parkinson), who knows zip about technology. Then the funny really kicks in later this year when The Mighty Boosh’s Noel Fielding joins the cast as an ex-yuppie-turned-super goth. (Also look out for a great, if all too short, stint by the U.K. Office’s Oliver Chris as a trivia-loving security guard in episode 3). Now enjoy, and after the jump, check out your Anglophile calendar for the week ahead!

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Monday (Sept. 29th): Marvel at Damian Lewis’ American accent on the season premiere of NBC’s Life at 10pm. Simon Pegg stops by Conan at 12:35am.
Tuesday: Pick up the newest installment of M.C. Beaton’s (aka Marion Chesney) Agatha Raisin whodunit series, A Spoonful of Poison. Watch The Best of Mr. Bean, Vol. 2 and Forgetting Sarah Marshall(with Russell Brand) on DVD. Plus Gavin and Stacey finally get hitchedin the season finale of their eponymous BBC America show at 8:40pm.
Wednesday: This week’s Must Watch: Coupling fans havedefinitely heard of Hawley Harvey Crippen, the real life Americandoctor convicted nearly a century ago in England of poisoning anddismembering his wife. Jane only brings him up about once an episodewhen discussing relationships. Well, PBS’s Secrets of the Deadis airing an excellent investigation into the Crippen case called“Executed in Error” which promises to “overturn history." Anyoneobsessed with mysteries (or Coupling) must tune in.
Thursday: Grab the new paperback of History Boys’ scribe Alan Bennett’s An Uncommon Reader.
Friday: Support Simon Pegg by seeing How to Lose Friends and Alienate People which opens today.
Saturday: A saber-toothed cat terrorizes a theme park on Primeval at 9pm on BBC America.
Sunday: Set your DVRs now: BBC America airs a marathon of the original Life on Mars beginning at 1pm. The channel’s Skins airs its season one finale at 10pm (season 2 commences next week, while The Last Enemy starts on  PBS’s Masterpiece Contemporary (and Matthew Goode makes his hosting debut) at 9pm.


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  • Joslyn

    Yay! I love this show. I can’t imagine that the American version would have been nearly as funny, although Joel McHale was a brilliant choice for the role of Roy.

  • Em

    This is a great show, and may I just say that I really look forward to Bits and Bobs- thanks for keeping your fellow Anglophiles in the loop.

  • Karen

    It would have been interesting to see Joel McHale’s interpretation of Roy, but I couldn’t see the American remake being half as good as the original. I adore Chris O’Dowd and Richard Ayoade, and Noel Fielding’s character Richmond is so ridiculously amazing. So looking forward to actually seeing this show on my TV tomorrow night.

  • coco

    richmond the goth!
    anything noel fielding does is magic.

  • film4future

    Can we talk about how depressing The Shadow in the North was? Man, oh man! And I hadn’t heard Matthew Goode is host to M Contemporary. Woo hoo! Love him. The Last Enemy should be good.

  • To film4future

    Depressing as in sad or depressing as in bad? i thought it was frustrating. I love Billie and Jared Harris, but that character with the thing on her face was an arse-pain.

  • Meh

    Thanks, just set the DVR. As a closet Anglophile (my mom’s Irish so it’s not wise to mention things English), I love these updates.

  • tamsin

    Re: Gavin & Stacey- any news on whether BBCA is going to be showing series 2 any time soon? Their online schedules are impossible to decipher and are notoriously inaccurate. Anyone have an outside source on G&S series 2 on BBCA? Also wondering if they’ll be releasing a region 2 DVD of G&S, and if the stuff they edited out of the BBCA broadcast will be reinstated in the DVD version? (Lots of editing in the BBCA broadcasts.)

  • Anonymous

    Can someone explain to me how the British TV works? Why is there only 6 episodes per season?

  • to tamsin

    I think BBC A is airing season 2 right now, as soon as season 1 finishes.

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