I'm Alan Partridge (1997–2002)
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Alan's house is finally ready and he gives the builders each a present - a copy of the poorly-selling 'Bouncing Back.' Sonja is keen to move in with him as her flat is being demolished to ... See full summary »


Armando Iannucci




Episode cast overview:
Steve Coogan ... Alan Partridge
Amelia Bullmore ... Sonja
Simon Greenall Simon Greenall ... Michael
Felicity Montagu ... Lynn
Rob Brydon ... Baptist Fan
Phil Cornwell ... Dave Clifton
Danny Cunningham Danny Cunningham ... Builder
Simon Ludders ... Builder
Tim Dantay Tim Dantay ... Builder
Julia Davis ... Kate Fitzgerald
Rebecca Front ... Tessa McPherson
Michael Wardle ... Gordon
Tony the Pulper Tony the Pulper ... Himself


Alan's house is finally ready and he gives the builders each a present - a copy of the poorly-selling 'Bouncing Back.' Sonja is keen to move in with him as her flat is being demolished to make way for an office block, but Alan is wary of commitment and prefers to 'come to an arrangement'. After offending a guest on a religious radio show, he continues to offend other religiously-minded guests at Lynn's baptism in church. Finally, 14,000 copies of 'Bouncing Back' are pulped - probably, as Alan suspects, to make room for books about Cockney criminals. Written by don @ minifie-1

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16 December 2002 (UK) See more »

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As Alan leaves Michael's petrol station with his two Lucazade bottles, you can see a video display of Alan's previously shown 'Crash, Bang, Wallop - What A Video!' See more »


Alan Partridge: Right, I'll tell you an anecdote. In 1974 I was catching the London train from Crewe station. It was very crowded; I found myself in a last-minute rush for the one remaining seat beside a tall, good-looking man with collar-length hair, it was the seventies; buckaroo! I looked up and saw it was none other than Peter Purves, it was the height of his Blue Peter career. He said, "You jammy bastard" and quick as a flash, I replied, "Don't be blue, Peter!" Needless to say, I had the last laugh, now ...
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References Spartacus (1960) See more »


Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick
Written by Ian Dury and Chaz Jankel
Performed by Steve Coogan
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Season 2: Funny but the "sillier" and "bigger" situations lose the more subtle character focus that made season 1 so good
19 October 2009 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Alan is bouncing back. His BBC show never quite materialised but he now has the 3rd best slot on Radio Norwich, a daytime military history quiz show programme on a minor cable channel, his house is being renovated and he landed himself a girlfriend some 14 years older than himself. Despite this his book sales are not doing great, his "best friend" is Geordie Michael (who now works the night shift in a local garage) and his attempts at video and television work.

In The Loop may not have been perfect but it did remind me that Iannucci is a great writer and that I should catch up on some of his work that I missed or didn't give enough attention to first time around. Alan Partridge fell into that group and I found that season 1 of the show was a great expansion from the chat-show format of the character's previous vehicle "Knowing Me Knowing You". Season 2 sees Alan "bouncing back" but not in any way that could justify his ego, but just enough of a way so that his ego is fired. We already know that this doesn't take much because Partridge is a very little man but ideas of his own importance and fame that aren't supported by his talent or his appeal and this is a big part of the show being funny because, while he is a monster that I would cross the street to avoid, he is still very funny.

Season 2 manages to be funny and entertaining for the majority of the episodes but it doesn't quite nail it in the way the first season did. The main problem with it is that the situations appear to be bigger, drawing on external forces rather than coming from within Partridge himself. This is not totally the case because a good chunk of it does keep true to this approach but the change is noticeable and it all feels a lot "bigger" and more obvious. I agree with some viewers who watched it the first time round when it was screened next to The Office and must have felt even less subtle and more like a broad comedy than it does standing on its own.

The supporting characters hurt it a little bit as well because they are generally not as well used as in the first season. The builders appear to be the natural replacements for the hotel staff – characters that can essentially "play it straight" while the scene reveals more of what a c**k Partridge is. This doesn't happen as well here as it did in season 1 and indeed the builders are underused as characters. Likewise many of the "new" minor characters don't really deliver in the way their equivalents did in the first season. Coogan remains good though even if the material is a little less subtle. He still convinces totally as Partridge and he copes well with the "bigger" comedy such as running round as Bond etc – this works despite it feeling silly when I prefer more subtle and character laughs. Support from Montagu and Cornwell remain good because they make their characters work well while also allowing the material to affect Partridge. Greenall's Michael is a funny character who has made it across from season 1; only problem I had was that he was a character in himself rather than one that allowed us to focus on Partridge – personally I think it would have been better to have lost him as well and put more effort into the new characters.

Overall season 2 is a funny and entertaining season but, while it does much of the same good stuff that season 1 did, it does generally come over as "bigger" and a bit sillier in its plots and situations. This creates bigger comedy moments with broader appeal but do lose the proximity and convincing pain of Partridge as a character, giving fewer opportunities for the character to work as well as it did in the previous season. Not to be sniffed at and still a good season but it is very much the lesser of the two seasons.

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