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Is Eddie Large such a fan of Alan Partridge that he even attends his sieges?

Is that him in the hat?

Certainly looks like him. Still not sure though. There’s a better close up in the deleted scenes.

And yes, that’s Diane Morgan next to him.

Elsewhere, I’ll be honest, I didn’t notice this until they talked about it in the commentary. I mean, the joke is obvious enough without seeing what is really on his laptop screen reflected in his glasses.

Also, I’m convinced that the Ah-Ha from the crowd is Patrick Marber.

Sounds to me like it’s lifted from the Knowing Me, Knowing You radio show, when Marber plays impressionist Steve Thompson.

Alan Partridge’s Stigmata

At the end of series two of Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge (spoiler), in the middle of their bonding Ah-Ha moment, the feed glitches, and freeze frames. This is the frame is freezes on.

Their Last Supper?

This moment was set up earlier in the episode, when Alan mentions he can cancel his doctor’s appointment, and just go swimming with gloves on.

So why does Alan have stigmata?

It such a specific reference to end the series on. Sure, he has a redemptive arc, coming in through the snow to save the station, having fallen from grace in the story before – but I’m not sure that explains or motivates it.

Any thoughts?

What’s The Opposite Of Inspector Morse?

Time once more to visit our podcast, setisoppO, wherein we work out the opposite of things that don’t have a natural opposite. This week we adjudicate on the polars of Inspector Morse, wax, and the Spice Girls.

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At one point I think Iszi and I were talking at cross purposes. She was referring to the actor who plays Morse in Endeavour, and I was referring to Lewis’ sidekick in Lewis. These are not the same people.

After recording, I thought I may have been imagining that Ruby Wax did a show with Carrie Fisher, but here’s just one of a few times they appeared on screen together.

And here’s a moment from the US version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?

The Odd Timelessness Of Keeping Up Appearances

I’m not really sure how to articulate this thought, so I’m just going to type and see what happens. It’s about Keeping Up Appearances again, sorry.

I can’t get my head round when it’s set. I know full well that it’s set in the 1990s, but I think deep down it wants to be set in the 1950s.

At a time when the country was going all Girl Power and Madchester, and people were dropping Es and singing songs about it, Hyacinth lives in a world with none of that.

Hyacinth’s world is full of vicars coming for tea, being obsessed with the household, and men going to work wearing hats. It’s not peculiar to this Roy Clarke sitcom either. The world of Open All Hours and Last Of The Summer Wine also feel like the fifties.

This is of course, probably deliberate. These shows were so well watched because the older generation were being nostalgic, no doubt. But audiences that large must have been more demographically diverse than that.

It’s a world that never existed in the first place.

Like I say, not sure where I am going with this.

I think you could write a sitcom now, set in the fifties, with a studio audience, and it might still do rather well.

She is such a brilliant physical comedian on top of it all …