It all went quiet with Channel 4's geek-friendly sitcom The IT Crowd after series 4 ended in 2010, mainly because the showbiz careers of Chris O'Dowd and Richard Ayoade skyrocketed and their schedules became difficult to work around.
(No, most UK shows don't get their talent under watertight years-long contracts to stop that sort of thing from happening.)
However, while an intended fifth series has been ruled out (which was to be co-written by writers who 'auditioned' online), the promise of a series finale is being realised. The show's creator Graham Linehan told the audience at a German re:publica conference that The IT Crowd will film a 40-minute farewell episode later this month, for probable broadcast later this year. Linehan wrote the script over a year ago, but only now is there a window of opportunity with the actors.
The special will once again star O'Dowd and Ayoade as IT tech support geeks Roy and Moss, working for their line manager Jen (Katherine Parkinson) and her boss Douglas Reynholm (Matt Berry).
Are you excited to see The IT Crowd return one final time, three years after the last episode aired?