Graham Linehan, who created comedy The IT Crowd, has confirmed that the show won’t be continuing for a fifth year.
Digital Spy report that he broke the news during an online chat at Reddit.
He said, “I’ll say right off the bat… the bad news is no IT Crowd series five.
“[The] chief reason was the fact that I just wasn’t looking forward to it the way I used to.
“I felt that the last series was a nice strong point to go out on, and anything further might just be running on the spot.
“You don’t do your best work when you’re running on the spot.
“It feels like a natural time to wind things down. Apart from anything else, we’re probably reaching that stage where it begins to feel odd that Roy, Jen and Moss are still stuck down in that basement…
“I don’t want to start giving everybody babies to make it feel like they’re moving on with their lives. My kind of comedy has always been setpiece-driven… and maybe that kind of thing has a naturally short life.”
However, Linehan did reveal that he’s planning a special episode of the show, which is set to air on Channel 4 next year.
He said, “[It’s] a big juicy story with great storylines for all the characters (I think).”
He added that he would consider making an IT Crowd film, if the circumstances were right.
He said, “It all depends on whether I come up with a good idea for one.
“One good enough to attract all the cast. It needs to deserve to be a film, though. So it’s got to be big on all sorts of different levels.
“But even if that doesn’t happen, I’m quite interested in the idea of the ‘IT Crowd universe’. Like the DC or Marvel Universes.
“You know, maybe catching up with Bennie Wong as Prime or Douglas’s Big Spaceology Wedding… these might end up just being future specials.”