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The IT Crowd: Yesterday's Jam

It's Jen's first day at Reynholm Industries and she is assigned the position of manager of the IT department. Roy and Moss quickly find out that she has absolutely no knowledge of computers whatsoever.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Friday February 03rd, 2006

Guest Stars
Chris MorrisChris Morris
As Denholm
John Willie Hopkins (1)John Willie Hopkins (1)
As Postman
Nancy LodderNancy Lodder
As Office Girl
Pete DeaglePete Deagle
As Office Worker
Laura PyperLaura Pyper
As Laura

Peter SerafinowiczPeter Serafinowicz
voiced Lift
Main Cast


The show opens with Denholm and Jen sitting in Denholm's office. It's Jen first day at Reynholm Industries. Denholm says he's going to put Jen in the IT department, since Jen said on her CV she has a lot of experience with computers. Somewhat shocked by this decision, Jen admits that she did say that on her CV. She then starts naming some basic things that she knows, like sending and receiving e-mail, using a mouse and surfing the web. Denholm replies with: "Well, you certainly seem to know your stuff." and Jen's new position as manager of the IT department is then settled. When she asks about her new colleagues, Denholm mentions they are "standard nerds"...

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Episode Quotes
Maurice: Ah! Wicked, I know what this is. It's the new Harry Potter. I got the child edition and the adult edition just to check that there are no differences in the text.

Moss: (on the phone) You see, the driver hooks a function by patching the system call table. So it's not safe to unload it, unless another thread's about to jump in there and do it's stuff. And you don't want to end up in the middle of invalid memory (laughs) ... hello?

Jen: (while walking into a toilet where a man and a woman are making out) You have unisex toilets? Like Ally McBeal?
Denholm: That's the sort of place this is, Jen. Lot of sexy people, not doing much work and having affairs.

Episode Goofs
After Denholm calls the elevator for Jen, when the doors open the speaker announces: "Floor 34". A bit later a shot of the button panel is shown, where the maximum floor that can be chosen is 31.

Cultural References
Moss: Did you notice how she didn't even get excited when she saw this original ZX81?

The ZX81 was one of the first home computers for the general public, that was released in the United Kingdom in March 1981.

Moss: Ah! Wicked, I know what this is. It's the new Harry Potter. I got the child edition and the adult edition just to check that there are no differences in the text.

Harry Potter is a series of books written by J. K. Rowling. The books are about the adventures of a young wizard, Harry Potter and his friends, who are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. All of the books have also been converted into rather successful movies.

In this episode, Roy is wearing a t-shirt with the text "RTFM", which is slang for "Read The Fucking Manual".

The t-shirt also shows an illustration Mao Zedong (the founding father of the People's Republic of China in 1949) holding up a book, which probably refers to some of Mao's own writing.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerDerrin Schlesinger
EditorPaul Machliss
Line ProducerJo Hunter
First Assistant DirectorJay Arthur
MusicNeil Hannon
Costume DesignerAnnie Hardinge
Location ManagerEd Suter
Script SupervisorSuzanne Baron
Production CoordinatorIsibeal Ballance
OtherRon Stewart (1) (Location Boom)
Production SecretaryHolly Ingram
Art DirectorDick Lunn
MusicianRobert Popper
Vision MixerBarbara Hicks (2)
Dubbing MixerMatt Stronge
Production AccountantPenny De Groot
Sound SupervisorKevin Paice
Series ProducerAsh Atalla
Set DresserDaniel Ainslie
Lighting DirectorFrancis De Groote
Production ExecutiveBeatrice Gay
ColoristColin Peters
Stage ManagerLiz Summers
Casting DirectorSarah Crowe
DesignerDennis De Groot (1)
Makeup ArtistJuliette Argent  |  Elisa Brandom
Wardrobe SupervisorPeter Halston
Make-up DesignerChristine Cant
Props MasterAndie Vining
Floor ManagerRob Smith (3)
Props BuyerLaurie Law (1)
Studio Camera SupervisorAlan Haddow
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