I'm Alan Partridge (1997–2002)
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It did and a whole lot more. The hilarity of Alan's misguided belief that he is still a major player in the industry and the meaningless conversations with the hotel staff combine to make his series essential watching. And the indignity of his prolonged stay in a 'one night stop venue' Travel Tavern adds to the tragic hilarity of the series.
Steve Coogan delivers his finest work to date and is ably assisted by a cast whose strongest delivery is the varied reactions their characters display when in the company of the failed chatshow host.
Perhaps the ultimate magic of Alan Partridge is that to fans his barrowload of catchphrases and inane comments are never forgotten and are always liable to be joyfully relayed in the company of a fellow fan.
And to think there are people out there who still don't get the joke.
as Alan might say,
'who, who, who do you think you are?'
My girlfriend and I (she's American, I am Italian) both think that this is not only brilliant, it is really the work of genius. The writers, assisted by an exceptional set of actors, did a fantastic job not only in providing genuine humour at every corner, but in studying costume and society and taking advantage of real situations.
This is not your typical sitcom. It is not an effort of a bunch of people that have to fabricate a show a week forever; it is instead the focused effort of three writers that sat down for months to produce six shows. You can feel this in the perfection and consistence of every detail, from the name of the son (Fernando, from Abba) to the picture of Jet from Gladiators (to host a millennium barn dance at Yeovil aerodrome, properly policed, it must not, repeat not, turn into an all-night rave) that Alan keeps in his room.
In some ways the series, "I'm Alan Partridge", goes beyond comedy. It's often painful to watch the indignity heaped on Alan. However, such feelings are always negated in the end, because Alan is an unspeakably vile little man, and the show never misses a chance to demonstrate that.
Alan Partridge is a former TV presenter (ground covered in previous series such as "Knowing me, knowing you") who lost his job because... well, because he is dreadful, not to mention totally insensitive and overly literal when dealing with guests. After his sacking from TV, he loses his wife and ends up living in a desperate little travel hotel where he's the only guest - and all the employees hate him (with good reason). The series covers his attempts to get back on TV, via the radio Norwich 5 a.m slot... various corporate videos... and a hilarious village fete.
It is so difficult to pick out favourite moments... there are just too many of them: Alan's comments about farmers, and their subsequent retaliation; His crass behaviour at the funeral of the man who kicked him off TV; The special bigger plate he keeps at the travel hotel, just get get a bigger portion... and so on and on. I'm giggling just remembering this stuff.
If you *ever* get a chance to see this series, do not pass it up - it doesn't get much better. I don't know whether this has reached the U.S yet, but if it hasn't then shame on U.S TV stations.
My Grade: A+
"You've never had a cup o' beans Mr Partridge" ?
The first I saw of I'm Alan Partridge was the final episode of the original run. I can still remember being in tears of laughter from start to finish; seeing 'Castrol GTX' revealed on Alan's jacket at Tony Hayer's funeral nearly killed me. Then I saw the first run of repeats and was completely hooked.
The genius of Alan Partridge lies in how many different layers of his persona are evident - his fixation with transsexuals, his obsession with war and death, his desperation to be liked, his hatred of criminality and his xenophobia to name a few. Then there's the little things - the way he has to explain his jokes, his bad breath, the daydreaming, his bad skin and receding hairline, his love of driving. The genius of many of Alan's traits lies in the fact that they were established gradually ever since his first appearance on The Day Today. We discover on Knowing Me, Knowing You that he has bad breath, he has his first run-in with a transsexual and he refuses to pull onto the hard shoulder for sex.
Steve Coogan's performance as Alan is simply sublime. For example, when he is presenting the boat video and tries to ingratiate himself with 'the lads' by ogling a passing woman. Notice the look on his face just after he says "oooooooooooohhhh sex" when he starts drinking his pint, the little expressions like that are genius.
Many of the strongest scenes take place in the radio studio - the Joni Mitchell rant; "Mmm, a nice big thick slice of Thin Lizzy"; the war with Dave Clifton; "So give me a call, PLEASE!! Seriously, though, do give me a call." These were certainly the better parts of the second series, which I thought was generally embarrassing and took the character in completely the wrong direction.
I hope I haven't bored anyone, but it's hard not to look so closely at such an incredible series. Here are my favourite quotes: "Never throw water on a fat fire. It'll take your face off." "You know the breakfast buffet, all you can eat but from an 8-inch plate? 12 inches. Keep it in my room." "That is the best Valentine's Day I've had in 8 years." "What did you do 8 years ago?" "Just had a better one. Went to Silverstone, shook Jackie Stewart's hand - superb. My marriage fell apart soon after that." "What was he doing on the bloody roof?!" "He was getting the aerial down..." "Yeah, I was being rhetorical." "He had a second class honours degree in Media Studies from Loughborough University. What a waste." "I'd love to feel an airbag go off in my face. It'd be 'Huh, boosh, boosh'...cushion effect on the face." "Looking at the big girdles section? Amazing to think that some of these women are technically models." "Jet from Gladiators to host a Millennium barn dance at Yeovil Aerodrome. Properly policed, it must not, repeat not turn into an all-night rave."
Ten on ten, Lynn
It was when I was in university that the first series of I'm Alan Partridge ran in late 1997. I had a fellow Coogan fan as a house mate and it absolutely blew us away. I've never quite laughed like that at anything on TV before or since. There are the obvious quotes which I wont bore you with now (thankfully Gervais killed off "quote comedy" on the 2nd series of Extras) - but what stands out for me most is Coogan's subtle portrayal as the annoying, rude, hopeless and heartbreaking ex celebrity trying to find his way back. It's comedy perfection, cringworthy at times (but not hide your head Office / Extras) but highly watchable. Superb supporting cast together with Coogan at his height of powers make this the finest comedy series ever made. As a side note, the 2nd series did have it's moments but was over acted and too exaggerated, lacking the subtlety of the 1st.
For those of you who have never heard of him Alan Partridge is a crass , ignorant , undertalented former talk show host who now finds himself working the graveyard shift of Radio Norwich . The first episode finds Alan trying a sales pitch to BBC controller Tony Hayers someone he manages to cheese off ( Geddit ? ) during lunch . The second episode finds Alan trying to strike up a relationship with a woman while the third sees him cause a revolt amongst the Anglian farming community . All the episodes are very very funny but the best episode is the one with a dual plot line of Alan getting it into his head that two Irish TV producers are in fact members of the IRA as the episode mutates into a stalker storyline . I can`t begin to communicate how funny the episode is , I`ve seen it many times over the years and I still laugh out loud everytime I see it .
There is a danger that Steve Coogan`s character can be described as a one trick pony and I`m glad that he`s not going to do anymore Alan Patridge which is a good idea because Alan Patridge is to the 1990s what Basil Fawlty was to the 70s and Edmund Blackadder was to the 80s
DVD review: "I'm Alan Partridge" (1997) BBC Video http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0129690/ "The bitter life of a failed talk show host turned early morning local radio presenter."
"I'd personally like to understand man's inhumanity to man. And then make a program about it."
Has there ever been a portrayal of social self-humiliation as unsparing and cringe-inducing as I'm Alan Partridge? A UK TV series, it is at times unbearable to watch. When Alan stumbled over his own words and emotions while doing his best trying to chat up the beautiful front desk clerk at the Linton Travel Tavern ("equidistant between London and Norwich") one must look away. When he bulldozes through a funeral reception in a black jacket emblazoned with the Castrol logo in hopes of putting the professional squeeze on a TV executive, the sheer dread makes the flesh creep.
I'm Alan Partridge follows the arch of Partridge's career as he scrambles to organize a professional comeback. The first Alan Partridge series, Knowing Me Knowing You depicted his dire chat-variety show and ended when Partridge accidentally shot and killed a guest while on the air. The prospect of someone expending such huge amounts of money and time and energy trying to get on TV is a hilarious achievement for actor/co-creator Steve Coogan and his collaborators. At every turn, when easy pathos comes close at hand, the show steers clear with another Partridgean outrage to human feeling. Indeed, at the end of the final series episode ("Towering Alan") Partridge triumphs when he takes up a dead BBC Chief Commissioning Editor's hand to forge a signature on the contract for his professional comeback.
Alan Partridge is more than a silly-ass Bertie Wooster without Jeeves. He is lightyears beyond Basil Fawlty in being socially beyond-the-pale. He is a man gifted with the ability to always share his worst thoughts and instincts at the wrong time. He tells RTE executives from Dublin this about the Irish Potato Famine: "You'll pay the price if you're a fussy eater. If they could afford to emigrate they could afford to eat in a modest restaurant." He castigates farmers on his late night radio show for animal experiments, only to end up trapped under a Holstein carcass on the deck of a canal boat.
If Partridge is a luckless Visigoth, those around him make out even worse. His receptionist finds out she has been fired when she hears it on Alan's radio show as she rides home in a taxi from their tryst. In each episode, the harrowing martyrdom of his PA Liz is explored and given a scale something close to the sufferings of Job. Liz never seems able to catch up to Alan's latest whim or mania. She is treat as what used to be called a "pen-wipe." Michael, a maintenance worker at the Linton Travel Tavern where Alan lives, is continually upbraided by Partridge for this "Jordy" accent.
I'm Alan Partridge is a quasi Samuel Beckett comedy about a man so corkscrewed by life that he cannot have a normal or typical social instinct about his circumstances or those of other people. His daydreams are abashedly homoerotic and his Linton Travel Tavern Pay per View orders run to Bangkok Chick Boys.
Partridge sees people around him as extensions of the cash nexus, step-stools for his own egomania. Perhaps they do not appear to him as human at all. In the episode "To Kill a Mocking Alan" he meets his #1 fan Jed Maxwell. Partridge takes it as perfectly natural that his talentless TV hackwork would earn him a fan. Not until the end of the episode does he realize the fan is a stalker psychopath, and that his adoration of Partridge is simply an expression of mental illness. "You're a mentalist!" Partridge yells at Jed as he flees from the man's house in horror.
The 2 disc DVD package from BBC Video is an affectless treat. In addition to the usual deleted scenes and outtakes, there is audio commentary by Alan Partridge himself, joined by Liz. The DVD menu itself recapitulates the TV menu system from the Linton Travel Tavern: adult PPV options, elevator music, and parking lot security camera footage included.
Watch and weep.
I'm Alan Partridge follows the life of a T.V. Presenter turned regional disc jockey living in the town of Norwich. He is also every TV Complaints person nightmare. He has been refused a second series of his TV show and he must live out the rest of his career as a radio presenter. He lives in a hotel because his wife has left him. Alan is also aided by his ever suffering personal assistant Lynn who bows to his ever wish from providing him with his financial repost to reminding him to use his anti foot fungal powder. Also in the cast is probably his only friend (other than Lynn) Mike who provides much humour as the ex-army Geordie porter of the hotel.
Each episode is skillfully written and it has no shortage of laughs. These range from fighting with the local farmers to brunching with Irish TV Producers. The episode with the Irish TV producers is my all time favourite. I am Irish myself and I nearly wet myself the first time I saw it.
In my own opinion great comedy comes from making people laugh at things and situations that maybe they shouldn't. This is probably the finest example of great comedy for the late 90's. Alan Partridges says and does things without fully thinking them through. He mainly insults others but the great thing about it is that we don't laugh with him but we laugh at him.
I must also praise the wonderful talent of Mr. Steve Coogan. When you watch his programmes you are never aware of Steve Coogan as Paul Calf or Alan Partridge, but you are watching the real thing. Like I said earlier on To hell with Ricky Gervais and the Office, Steve Coogan has beat you to it.
This show is the definition of comedy. There is nothing here that is not hilarious. The best bit so far is when he impales his foot trying to mount a fence and vomits while giving a speech. Or it could be when he performs James Bond in front of a bunch of confused onlookers. Priceless humour that shouldn't be missed.
Lynn, I'm not driving a mini-metro. Just try and finish that sentence. Go on, just try. I'm not driving a mini metro.
I think I could pretty much survive on an IV drip being played I'm Alan Partridge continuously. Maybe the odd pint now and again, but basically that would be a complete life.
Scum, sub human scum.
There's no such word as "spliddin'".
And what were all those dream sequence/strip bar things about, anyway?!
Anyone got a battery for an Eriksson?
And I want one of those Castrol GTX jackets!
Tell me about the "Lady Boys"!
Me and some mates were lucky enough to see Coogan live in Manchester last summer and it was a night to remember. This guy is the future of comedy as we know it. Don't ever sell out, Steve.
You're a mentalist!
"Smell my Cheese" 10/10
Alan Partridge is somebody we all have in us. Because he is so sad he doesn't care what anybody thinks and says what is on his mind at that particular moment. There is a history of depression in Alan but he chooses to ignore it and because he does he becomes frustrated by everything around him. If we all lived in our own world like Alan then you have to ask yourself where would you're life be at that time and moment. Believe it or not he is an icon to people who have a lot to say but don't want to. When looking at Alan Partridge and the people he comes across there is always a part of him that is bitter or he finds a fault within that person and always let's them know what it is that he dislikes whether they are right and wrong which is what we wish we cold all do.
I am interested in why Knowing Me Knowing You is not known as the first series of Alan Partridge. The series after KMKY is called Alan Partridge Series 1 and then you have series 2. It makes no sense what so ever to me because I will always look upon KNKY as the first series. Some people say that its his introduction and not apart of Alan Partridge series 1 and 2 but it is because KMKY tells us how Alan got to who he is in Series 1 and 2. I mean Blackadder has four terrific series but all of them are different as far as story goes apart from having something to do with Royalty but it is still known as series 1,2,3 and 4 because they are apart of each other through Blackadder so why isn't KNKY apart of the Partridge series. We could go on forever but I think Steve Coogan have confused themselves, bless their hearts.
After seeing Series 2 of Alan Partridge, the one after KNKY, Oh yeah!!!
I thought how can Coogan out do Partridge anymore than he already has. Well the first episode is the best Partridge episode ever so it was off to a flying start. The more the series went on the worse I thought it got but I straight away after viewing the last one starting going through it again and got more in touch with the jokes because I am not the smartest and quickest tool in the shed but after viewing it many times as a whole I think it is the best one out of the three because it brings this new chapter of Alan's life and he is getting much more older and much more retro the more he ages so it gets funnier.
Steve Coogan did say he was killing off his character in the last episode and when it came I was dreading it because I don't like it when they do that because it's an easy way to stop running the program. Albert didn't die in the last Steptoe and Son, Basil Fawlty didn't have a heart attack which was sooner or later coming after his scuffles with the guests but I was pleasantly surprised to see that he didn't actually kill him off. On the last note when he was watching his book being pulped I honestly thought that some kind of machinery was going to drop on him or something to finish it but again it didn't happen so it was nice not to see any closure to Alan as there is so much more they can do with his life. I thought they brought it off to a great 3rd series and definitely it's best but now Steve Coogan is starting to become a big film star especially with Around the World in 80 Days coming up, can we expect him to go back to TV. I think he will because after seeing The Parole Officer and the masterpiece 24 Hour Party People who has still not been able to shake the Alan Partridge charisma off as there are so many scenes in both films where it sounds like a young Alan.
Steve Coogan hasn't said he won't be making another series so we have to live in hope that one day he will see sense and realise how much we love him and want him back, but that depends on what Hollywood think of Around the world in 80 Days.
Best British Sitcom place for Alan Partridge was number 42 out of 50 with the overrated Peter Kay beating him by at least 8 to 10 places, Scum .Subhuman Scum!!
Coogan is brilliant - as are the rest of the cast, who play various staff and other people whom Partridge encounters.
There are two series. In the 1997 series, he lives in a travel tavern. In the 2002 series, he lives in a static caravan.
I watched this in 6th form in the late 90s, and could quote a lot of it word for word .... as you do back then, at that age. Now at 34, I still meet up with mates and I don't think I have had a night where I didn't slip in a quote here or there, could be something as small as "lovely stuff" .... or aqua, it's french for water. There are hundreds of varying quality, but you never run dry!
Then there are just outrageous, where did the thought process come from lines like; "I know lying is wrong, but if the elephant man came in now in a blouse with some make up on, and said "how do I look?" Would you say, bearing in mind he's depressed and has respiratory problems, would you say "go and take that blusher off you mis-shapened elephant tranny"? No. You'd say 'You look nice... John'"
The genius of Bohemiam Rhapsody is that you listen to it and think this is so out there, so unusual, where did it come from, what was the thought process, and that's what I think about Partridge. Some of it is just incredible genius, simple, but brilliant. I wrote a review for curb your enthusiasm, which the Americans hold up as comedy, I can see parallels between that and Partidge, but it's nowhere near as funny!
I think Alan Partridge is by far Steve's best work, I do know a few people who don't like this as they say he is stupid but i don't get that because he is meant to be, he is meant to be a person that is insulting, that makes inappropriate remarks, he is rude and people on the show don't like him because of how he is (meaning the characters the actors play are meant to not like Alan in the show).
I personally love this and would love to see more Alan Partridge shows.
10 out of 10 from me.
'Im trapped under a cow...Im not ok...Im not ok...'