Channel 4's Bafta-winning sitcom The IT Crowd is to get a fifth series, its creator and director Graham Linehan announced last night.
Speaking at preview screening of the show's fourth season – which will be broadcast this summer – Linehan said that a fifth series had already been commissioned.
Linehan, who also wrote Father Ted with Arthur Mathews and Black Books with Dylan Moran, said that after four seasons of writing The IT Crowd alone, he intended to put together a team of writers to work on the fifth series.
In a question and answer session in front of an audience that included IT Crowd extras who had been recruited via Twitter – or as Roy calls it in one upcoming episode, Chitter – Linehan, (@glinner) said the social networking site was a brilliant resource for writers.
Cast members Katherine Parkinson and Richard Ayoade described Linehan's directing style as "chaotic but brilliant". Linehan himself described rewriting a major plotline in one episode only days before it was recorded.
The two new episodes screened last night featured Ayoade's Moss getting competitive over Countdown and extolling the joys of role-play games.
But Ayoade, who also played Moss in the ill-fated US version of the show, said he never watches his own performance. "I've seen myself before and I didn't love it, so I decided not to go back for repeat custom," he added.
Asked which comedy shows he found inspiring, Linehan named Pulling, the axed BBC3 sitcom starring Sharon Horgan; and the US TV series Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and Eastbound & Down.
The IT Crowd returns to Channel 4 in June.
I’m so excited!!!! I thought the show was coming back later in the year so glad it’s so soon!!!