Category: Alan Partridge

  • Did Alan Partridge Nearly Buy Mrs Warboys’ House?
    Did Alan Partridge Nearly Buy Mrs Warboys’ House?

    Let’s preface this nonsense with two things. First, in universe, of course Alan didn’t. He was looking at a house in Norfolk, and Mrs Warboys lives somewhere else. Second, I always presumed that the house viewing scene from A Room With An Alan was shot on location. But on the DVD commentary track, Armando Iannucci…

  • Some Partridge Bookends
    Some Partridge Bookends

    I’ve shared this clip before, but it strikes me how oddly incongruent this moment is. The Techincal BAFTAs take a moment out of their time to have this sketch, for no other reason that just because. It’s especially strange, considering how new the Partridge character was on screens – this was even before Knowing Me,…

  • Laugh Track Partridge
    Laugh Track Partridge

    Just where did the seemingly prevalent misconception that the first series of I’m Alan Partridge didn’t have a laugh track, while series two did, actually come from? I remember a friend bemoaning this fact to me at the time of the second series being broadcast, and I was perplexed by it. I didn’t have a…

  • Alan Behaving Badly
    Alan Behaving Badly

    In the week that I’m Alan Partridge first aired, we also got to see a new series by Ray Galton (Get Well Soon), and a new series of Men Behaving Badly. Maggie Brown wrote about all three sitcoms in The Stage on Thursday 13th November 1997.

  • Awful Alan
    Awful Alan

    On the weekend before Alan Partridge’s new chat show Knowing Me, Knowing You … arrived on BBC Two screens, he gave a short interview to the Daily Mirror. This is how it appeared on Saturday 10th September, 1994. Then, the day before the show began, this snooty (but probably prescient) warning arrived in the pages…

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s…

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first…

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