Graham Linehan's beloved Channel 4 sitcom The IT Crowd is sadly coming to an end after seven years and four seasons. Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, Chris O'Dowd, Matt Berry and the rest of Denholm Industries will be saying goodbye for good at the end of this month, when a special, feature-length episode airs as part of C4's 'A Night of the IT Crowd.'

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Stars Chris O'Dowd (L) and Richard Ayoade (R) have found success outside the show

Originally scheduled for an October air, and having been filmed earlier in the year, the show will come to air a few days earlier as per a tweet made by series creator Graham Lineham this week. He tweeted on Wednesday (4 September) that the final ever episode of the hit series will "be on telly at the end of this very month."

After announcing that the series would not be returning for a fifth season last year, Lineham said that the show would be coming to an end via a 40 minute special instead. It might not be the full season that fans were wanting, but it is beter than nothing. Linehan said at the time - during an online chat on Reddit - that he decided to end the show with a one-off special rather than commit to a full season as he didn't feel it was right for another full stretch. He said, "I'll never say never, but at the moment I'm just not feeling it."

No word on the exact date that the special is due to air, but expect it at some point in the month or at the beginning of October. The show ran for four seasons between 2006 and 2010, winning numerous awards and catapulting it's stars, in particular Ayoade and O'Dowd, into stardom.

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Graham Lineham has more comedy shows up his sleeve after the end of The IT Crowd