The IT Crowd (2006–2013)
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The Dinner Party 

Jen has met someone normal, and plans for a nice dinner party. Things go awry when Jen invites her workmates after her original male guests cancel.


Graham Linehan


Graham Linehan


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Episode complete credited cast:
Chris O'Dowd ... Roy Trenneman
Richard Ayoade ... Maurice Moss
Katherine Parkinson ... Jen Barber
Noel Fielding ... Richmond
Sarah Hadland ... Margaret
Orla Hannon Orla Hannon ... Mother
Orlando Seale ... Peter File
Catherine Shepherd ... Jessica
Dolly Wells ... Paula


Jen and boyfriend Peter are planning a dinner party for six single friends but the three men are all indisposed so Jen asks her three work colleagues. Roy is pleased to sit next to a model but as her face is bandaged after a car crash he is unable to see what she looks like. Moss gets stuck with drunken Margaret, who argues with him but Richmond and the hearty Jessica appear to get on. However Jen discovers that Peter's name is Peter File and, as this sounds very much like paedophile and is embarrassing, she dumps him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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14 September 2007 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Dolly Wells, who played Paula the model, also played Miranda the feminist in The IT Crowd: Jen the Fredo (2010). See more »


When Roy takes Paula home, as he is leaving he picks up a copy of the Assassin's Creed video game. At the time this was aired, Assassin's Creed hadn't been released. In fact, the Assassin's Creed wasn't released until just over 2 months later. See more »


Roy: [Jen has just described how she met her new boyfriend] Buying the same kind of cheese. You made a 20 minute story out of it. Have you thought of adapting it into a film?
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References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »


Serenade No. 12 in C Minor
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Lots of awkward laughs.
21 November 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Jen's had a lucky break, and met handsome and normal chap Pete, he's planning on taking her to Paris. To help their single friends Jen and Pete hold a dinner Party. Jen reluctantly invites Roy, Moss and Richmond as her original guests cancel. The guests are as barking mad as would be expected, but they make for an entertaining meal. Roy, Moss and Richmond are all paired off, Richmond being the happiest with his partner.

So funny, awkwardness, great script, slick delivery, great characters, it's a laugh out loud episode, the trio of girls are hilarious, Peter File too. You shouldn't be laughing, just just can't help yourself.

Loved it once again, the series keeps getting better and better. 8/10

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