Following our recent divine miracle; the discovery that Father Dougal is an Amiga fan, Chris Foulds inquired if there are any to be found in another of Graham Linehan’s classic British sitcoms, The IT Crowd.
Knowing that The Centre for Computing History in Cambridge, England provided the vintage tech props for the show, I thought who better to ask than the museum’s curator, Jason Fitzpatrick.
Me: I was wondering when you lent some vintage computers to The IT Crowd producers to be used as props, did you send them any Amiga models by any chance? I found a list of the computers used for series 4, which didn’t include any. Maybe different items were sent for the other series?
Jason: I mostly used the same stuff throughout series 2, 3 and 4, and for the final episodes to keep consistency. I don’t remember using an Amiga, but I did supply two boxes of ‘junk’ which may have had bits of an Amiga in them?? Where is the list of computers for series 4? Some tech gear on set was leftover from series 1 which was some of Sean’s old tech stuff.
Me: Thanks for getting back to me. I’ll let that ‘junk’ comment slide this time, but beware you’re on very dangerous ground! 😉
The list can be found here.
Jason: LOL, by ‘junk’ I mean incomplete bits of machines, circuit boards, techy looking stuff, and general non-itemised stuff for putting under shelves, desks and generally scattering around! I’m not dissing the Amiga 🙂 (Although I was an ST user, so probably should be!!)
Just looked back through some of the continuity pics (attached) … can’t see any sign of an Amiga. I did see that we managed to get the museum logo up on the wall, but it was too high up on the set for the camera to see 🙁
There was a big pile of old PCs outside the door, and there may be an Amiga in amongst all that, but I don’t think so. My company logo (Pure Energy) was right above that door and was caught in lots of scenes!! Not that it helped. 🙂
There was no real reason why it wasn’t there. It was mostly about what I had closest to hand! With the exception of the Altair.
Me: No offence taken, just feeling nostalgic and revisiting the format wars. The less said about the ST the better! 😀
So, unfortunately, it’s looking unlikely that the Amiga had a cameo in the show. Nevertheless, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share this brilliant trivia with you, or to celebrate the supreme lengths the staff at the Centre for Computing History charity are prepared to reach to preserve our silicon heritage for the enjoyment and entertainment of future generations. Their next organised event – a ‘Family Gaming Night’ – is scheduled for the 11th February, offering visitors the chance to get hands-on with a plethora of games consoles and computers – everything from retro to contemporary!
Thanks very much for your help, Jason, it’s much appreciated. 🙂