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Do you want to be in the IT Crowd Special?

June 13, 2013

(Upodate: I just found out that the original email address AND the updated address I gave yesterday were BOTH WRONG. The correct address for submissions is Sorry for the confusion. The people responsible will be killed.)

(Update No 2: If you’re using a mobile phone, you should be watching it in portrait mode.)

Heeeeeelleeeo! (Hello)

Guys! DO you want to be in the IT Crowd Special? You do? What an extraordinary coincidence! It just so happens that we NEED people to be in the IT Crowd Special. WHAT ARE THE CHANCES?

We need photos or video of you reacting to seeing an OUTRAGEOUS video on your phone or laptop. It would be really good if the photo can show a famous landmark in the background. Visiting the Eifel Tower/North Pole/Great Wall of China? Take a snap of yourself pretending to look at something really gross on your device with the landmark in the background and BOOM! you’re in (with a very good chance of being in) the show.

Remember, the video is OUTRAGEOUS. Not gross, really, but shocking.

Due to broadcasting regulations we need to be stringent about a few things, so here are the boring but necessary rules:

–          Stills photos need to be taken on a 10MP camera or higher; or moving footage of no more than 15 seconds at resolution of 1920x1080pixels, higher resolution would be a bonus [size to range from 2MB-6MB depending on compression]

–          Don’t include any logos or brands – cover them up or reframe the picture, this includes the makes/models of your laptop or phone

–          Don’t have anyone in the frame that hasn’t given you personal consent to use their image or that you can’t identify and give the full details of to us

–          Don’t include any artwork on walls, book covers etc as we won’t be able to seek permission to use the copyright

–          Don’t include any music (again, we won’t be able to clear it)

Submissions need to be emailed to by 25th June 2013

We have no money left so EXPECT VERY LITTLE REMUNERATION, POSSIBLY (DEFINITELY) EVEN AS LITTLE AS NONE*. However, when your children and great-grandchildren ask you what you were doing in 2013, you can say “I was, ah…stop talking! Here comes another twister! Hold on to something! FOR GOD’S SAKE HOLD ON!”

* That’s definitely. You will not be paid. There is no money.


Now, you have to humour our very nervous legal team by pretending to read the following.

The IT Crowd Special Terms & Conditions for Submission of User Generated Content

  1. These terms and conditions relate to your provision of recorded material for potential inclusion in a programme provisionally entitled “IT Crowd Special” (the “Programme”) which FremantleMedia Limited trading as Retort (the “Producer”) propose but does not undertake to produce for Channel Four Television Corporation (“C4”).

  2. Submissions can be made by emailing a photograph/recording a video (the “Photo/Recording”) using the following email address:  (the “Email Address”) along with the name and address of the person who took the Photo/Recording and the names and addresses of all persons featured in the Photo/Recording. By submitting a Photo/Recording to the Email Address you (i) are signifying your agreement to these terms and conditions, (ii) are warranting that you are the owner of the full copyright in and to the Photo/Recording;  and (iii) hereby grant to the Producer all consents necessary to reproduce, edit, use and exploit the Photo/Recording  as the Producer sees fit for the purposes of the Programme and any connected purposes at any time in all media (whether now known or hereafter discovered) throughout the world and without liability or acknowledgement to you.

  3. Photo/Recordings: Photographs must have a resolution of 10MP or higher. Recordings must be HD resolution 1920 x 1080pixels or greater. File size should range from 2MB to 6MB depending on compression

  4. Photo/Recordings must not be any longer than 15 seconds. If your entry is longer than 15 seconds , only the first 15 seconds will be considered.

  5. Submission of Photo/Recording is open to those aged 18 or over and whom are ‘qualifying persons’ under UK copyright law.

  6. Your Photo/Recording must not feature anyone under the age of 18. If your Photo/Recording features  person(s) other than yourself, please ensure that all such person(s) have irrevocably granted you all consents necessary to allow the Producer to reproduce, edit, use and exploit such person(s)’ contribution to the Photo/Recording,  as the Producer sees fit for the purposes of the Programme and any connected purposes at any time in all media (whether now known or hereafter discovered) throughout the world and without liability or acknowledgement to such person(s) or you. Proof of these permissions may be required.

  7. The Photo/Recording must be recorded especially for the Programme by you. The Photo/Recording must not contain any material which is in any way defamatory, obscene, unlawful, offensive or which infringes the rights of any third party or which is calculated to bring the Producer and/or C4 into disrepute or breach of contract, confidence or privacy.

  8. You agree not to advertise or promote third parties’ or your own goods or services in your Photo/Recording, and will not feature any logos or branding in your Photo/Recordings. You will not feature copyright works owned by a third party in the Photo/Recording (including but not by way of limitation background artwork and music)

  9. By uploading your Photo/Recording you are hereby assigning copyright in the Photo/Recording to the Producer which shall entitle the Producer (without limitation) to use, edit, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, make available and display your Photo/Recording (or part thereof) in connection with the Programme (including for the purpose of promoting the Programme) by any medium or method now known or later invented including without limitation online and/or on television to be exercised in Producer’s sole discretion throughout the world in perpetuity without the need for payment to you. You warrant that you are fully authorised and entitled to assign such rights, and you agree to waive any moral rights that may exist in relation to your Photo/Recording.

  10. You agree that you shall not provide the Photo/Recording to any other third party nor post the Photo/Recording on any other website.

  1. The Producer does not have the obligation to notify you if your Photo/Recording is or is not to be used by the Producer and you acknowledge that submitting a Photo/Recording does not guarantee that your Photo/Recording will be used in the Programme

  2. Neither the Producer nor C4will accept any responsibility for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem connected with any Photo/Recordings not being properly received.

  3. You warrant that you are free to enter this Agreement and you hereby agree to indemnify the Producer and C4 in respect of all actions, proceedings, claims, damages and other liabilities which may be brought against or incurred by the Producer and/or C4 as a result of the breach of any of your warranties, representations, obligations or undertakings contained in this Agreement. You agree that in the event of any breach of these terms by the Producer you shall not be entitled to enjoin and/or injunct the distribution and/or exploitation of the Programme and/or your Photo/Recording and any legal remedy you may have shall lie in an action at law for damages only.

  4. The Producer takes your privacy very seriously. The information you provide as part of your Photo/Recording submission will be used by the Producer to confirm its rights ownership of the Photo/Recording. By submitting your Photo/Recording you consent to any information you provide, including without limitation any sensitive personal information, being used for this purpose.

  5. These terms and conditions shall be construed in accordance with English law and you agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the High Court of England and Wales.


July 17, 2010

It’s not always possible to say precisely where an idea came from, but in the case of Moss’s experience in last night’s IT Crowd ‘Italian For Beginners’, I can. (Spoiler alert, obviously)


Quick Guide to ‘The Final Countdown’

July 2, 2010

This is the reason tonight’s IT Crowd episode is what it is. Thanks, Videogum!

Oh, and overseas viewers (cough), might find this a useful cheatsheet.


Hive mind! Engage!

February 14, 2010

…and we’re off! Three weeks to go, five and a half scripts done, casting begun, location scouting next week…it’s all happening! And once again, we’re asking for your help in populating the IT Crowd office with cool bits.

Same story as last time, send us your poor huddled zines, your artwork, your comics, your T-shirts, your memes. Anything you think should be in there that we might have missed. It’s especially helpful if you own the rights to the merchandise, but even if you don’t, send us pics and links anyway and we’ll do the legal legwork.

This year, the man to contact is Chris Jones. He’s set up @ItCrowdSupport so you can get in touch with him there. We’ll occasionally be looking for help with extras, locations and the like, so following is a way of saying you don’t mind that kind of request occasionally popping up in your feed.  It’s also a good follow if you fancy joining us at one of the studio recordings.

The studio recordings… that familiar cold wave of fear just went through me like poo through a goose. Better get back to work.

P.s. Oh, this is a long shot but…does anyone know anyone who can help us with ‘Star Trek’ clearances? I got this killer bit that I’m reluctant to let go without a fight…


Hey, Yanks! Get yer ‘IT Crowd’ Season 1 commentaries here!

July 27, 2009

Moss cross stitch

After months of trying, it looks like no-one is going to put the missing commentaries for the American release of ‘IT Crowd’ S1 online, so I’ve had to do it myself. Well,  I say ‘myself’, but actually I just put a request on Twitter and the gallant @Brenw stepped in, ripped the audio and slapped the results up here.

Also, the tireless @mixmasterfestus very kindly provided an MP3 version!

Now,  MPI, was that so difficult?

(Moss cross stitch by Giddy Girly)



April 27, 2009


Still can’t quite believe it– we won a BAFTA!  Thank God my wife forced me to go to the ceremony!

Thanks to BAFTA for the nomination and the judges for ruling in our favour. I worship ‘Peep Show’, am hugely enjoying ‘The Inbetweeners’ and the only thing better than the first series of ‘Outnumbered’ was the second series of ‘Outnumbered’. It really was the “group of death”, and I can’t believe we came through unscathed. A small mercy was that the awesome ‘Pulling’ was not, for some unfathomable reason, in the running. Had it been, well…I don’t like to think about it.

Thanks to Talkback, and to Channel 4 who stood by the show when no-one would have blinked if they walked away early on.  Thanks also to all those online who passed on their congrats, and apologies to those whose enjoyment of the TV coverage was spoiled by my premature Twittering (one of the unforseen hazards of the Twitter deal, I guess). Also, sorry if you posted a complimentary tweet and I didn’t get back to you. At one point they were just gushing in and it was impossible to keep up.

Of course, a salty salute to the cast and crew for all their hard work over the last few years. It’s really very moving for me, seeing a large group of professionals working as hard as they possibly can to make some ridiculous concept of mine come to life. Thank you all, whatever series you worked on.

Last but not least, thanks to all the people who came and sat in the audience and provided us with our laugh track. Every so often I’ll hear the old “I don’t need to be told where to laugh” line trotted out, but those who utter it are missing the point. The audience is not there to tell you where to laugh, the audience is there to remind us to be funny. And you have done your job admirably. Because, well, I don’t know if I mentioned it or not, but…we won a BAFTA!


Gah! Hold your horses!

March 6, 2009


I’ve just learned that the UK DVD release of the third series of The IT Crowd will not be region free, despite what I said previously.

This is no-one’s fault but my own for announcing it too early. If you’ve one-clicked it, and you’re not in the correct ‘zone’, you might want to cancel the order. I’m afraid you’re going to have to live with your downloaded version a bit longer.

Sorry to have put you through all this bother.

NOTE:  Apparently, future copies will be region free, so huzzah for that. I’ll let you know when it’s safe to order.  Meanwhile, if you’re in the US and you can’t wait, just hack your DVD player!

(Thanks to @scaraboo for that last link!)


Baby needs shoes!

February 28, 2009


Sorry about the self-promotion, but I could really do with people buying this thing. (Or just this thing, if you have already have the first two series).

Also, all those Americans who have been downloading the show, now you have the opportunity to show us some love! (Seasons 2 and 3 coming soon.)

I feel dirty now. Carry on. (Gah! Forgot to say, the DVDs for series 3 are region free! So everyone everywhere can watch them immediately instead of waiting for some mysterious process to complete.)


Ask your arse off

January 3, 2009

I promised I’d turn one of these comment threads into a Q&A, so let’s dance! Ask me what you want about ‘The IT Crowd’ and I’ll do my best to brighten the corners. Don’t expect immediate responses, as I really must get on with my life, and please don’t be offended if I don’t get around to answering everything. I’ll do my best, though.


I is funnier than yr cozz

December 30, 2008


Gah…boss-eyed cats. Much funnier and wouldn’t have felt cruel. Bit of photoshop and we’d have been away. (Thanks, ‘Jen’!)