Sneak mentioned new Channel 4 sitcom The IT Crowd a couple of weeks ago. Rather than the usual lawyer’s letter, Sneak was surprised to receive a complimentary reviewer’s copy of the first episode on DVD.
And Sneak can report that the first show, at least, is not bad at all. Its resemblance to a real IT department is uncannily exact. If, that is, you work in a decrepit basement surrounded by racks of decaying monitors, trolleys stuffed with old system units, unwashed cups and broken chairs. And if your idea of a burning IT issue is typically covered by BoingBoing rather than IT Week.
Still, at least Sneak was able to play spot the nerdy detail in the background: the flying spaghetti monster pinned to a wall; the “Fair use has a posse” sticker on the door; the Electronic Frontier Foundation logo on a laptop, and of course the RTFM T-shirt.
To be fair to the producers, they did get one thing absolutely spot on: the CEO who thinks sending email is as complicated as IT can possibly get.
The show opens on Friday 3 February at 9.30pm, or you can download it via the Channel 4 web site a week earlier.
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