The British Sitcom Guide


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ALAN PARTRIDGE

Programme: I'm Alan Partridge / Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge
Broadcast: 1993 - 2002 (BBC2)
Episodes: 19 (3 series)
Starring: Steve Coogan
Written by: Steve Coogan, Armando Iannucci
Directed by: Dominic Brigstocke, Armando Iannucci
Production: Talkback Productions More info & Baby Cow Productions
Synopsis: In the first series (entitled "Knowing Me, Knowing You") Alan Partridge is an insincere and skill-less chat show host. Partridge frequently demonstrated his insecurities and total lack of knowledge about his guests' lives during each "broadcast". The follow-up series observes Partridge as he tries to rebuild his career by hosting a local radio show. Despite being a total loser Alan is still under the impression he is a major media star.
BSG Review: The Alan Partridge character, played so well by Coogan, is one of the most embarrassing but at the same time funny sitcom characters created. The first and second series were a joy to watch however many consider the latest third series a let down on the previous two. Both I'm Alan Partridge and Knowing Me, Knowing You are well worth watching if you haven't seen them yet.
Notes: After a brief appearance in this year's Comic Relief, Steve Coogan has indicated he wants to put his radio and TV character on the silver screen. Plans for an Alan Partridge film are in their "early stages" but "the will is there" to make a film based on the hapless Partridge, according to a spokeswoman for Coogan's Baby Cow production company.