You couldn't POLL a cat: it's the 'I'm Alan Partridge' episode poll

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(before This Time with Alan Partridge changes everything)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_I%27m_Alan_Partridge_episodes

Poll Results

OptionVotes
S1E3: ladyboys, you've popped out again, feeding beef burgers to swans 8
S2E2: Apache attack helicopter, spiiike, toilet door balanced on a Black & Decker Workmate 6
S1E4: tungsten-tipped screws, throwing a monkey in the sea, traffic cone theft 5
S1E5: Jed Maxwell, what's de big oidea, Sue Cook's pulled out 5
S2E3: Dan, Norfolk Bravery Awards, cup of beans 4
S2E4: American things, getting Bond wrong, ♫ nine and a half thousand pounds ♪ 2
S1E1: it's an extender, smell my cheese, cook pass babtridge 1
S2S6: full sex with a woman, horse tranquilliser, splashdown for Lynn 1
S1E6: talking to a widow, the new Chief Commissioning Editor, 182 days in a Travel Tavern 1
S1E2: owl sanctuary, superficial damage to the box, wheeeeelchaaaaaairs 1
S2E5: using the sausage as a breakwater, s-h-i-t-h-o-l-e shithole, The Edge is fine 0
S2E1: Bouncing Back, chalk penis, look at what this idiot did… IN AMERICA 0


calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 9 February 2019 06:28 (five months ago) link

I wasn't sure until I got to spiiike, it has to be that.

nate woolls, Saturday, 9 February 2019 06:53 (five months ago) link

oooooh it's a good episode

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 9 February 2019 06:54 (five months ago) link

I'll be pissed off if an episode from S2 wins this. I'm going for spinal column in a baguette

. (Michael B), Saturday, 9 February 2019 07:03 (five months ago) link

Between Watership Alan and To Kill a Mocking Alan, though happy with anything from S1 winning.

Anyway, the best bit of S2 got improved:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrp0wJsXNEA&t=7s

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 9 February 2019 07:58 (five months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrp0wJsXNEA

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 9 February 2019 08:04 (five months ago) link

S1 is perfection. So difficult to choose!

Wee boats wobble but they don't fall down (Tom D.), Saturday, 9 February 2019 08:11 (five months ago) link

(before This Time with Alan Partridge changes everything)

everything changed when the Gibbonses started writing him! the best of the '10s material is by far the best Partridge ever, and the Gibbons' lows are a million points higher than the dud bits of the Marber or Baynham eras

The Very Fugly Caterpillar (sic), Saturday, 9 February 2019 08:25 (five months ago) link

actually I've only seen one ep of IAP S2, so possibly 2 million points higher

The Very Fugly Caterpillar (sic), Saturday, 9 February 2019 08:26 (five months ago) link

xp to sic: yeah, ‘i, partridge’ and ‘welcome to the places of my life’ are staggeringly good (‘scissored isle’ not so much)

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 9 February 2019 08:27 (five months ago) link

Scissored Isle is definitely a not-as-good version of Welcome To The Places Of My Life, but then Welcome is one of the all-time peaks of Partridge. and Scissored has some astonishing moments - Alan on ecstasy in the car, Alan working the checkout at the supermarket and accidentally finding a zen satisfaction that he's unable to recognise... (we may have talked about that on some other thread)

similarly, Nomad is a not-as-good version of I, Partridge (one suspects Armando's absence being the factor there) -- but my god, there's still a joke every sentence, even if not all the jokes are as incredibly great as the ones in I, Partridge (which probably crammed in 2-3 per sentence). That's a Wodehouse / Adams level of sheer dedication and construction.

plus they've also written all the North Norfolk Digital era of Alan - the web series, two TV series, the not-great-but-perfectly-entertaining film - in which they managed to adapt his character to essentially being quite satisfied with his life, not barely containing / never acknowledging his disgust with his level of eptitude vs his aspirations. He lords it over Sidekick Simon, but does appreciate his contributions. He still wishes he was on telly /the BBC, but seems fundamentally fulfilled by the work he's doing. They're more empathetic towards Alan, still milking humour out of his dickheadedness, but not seeking to structure stories around building to a massive embarrasment / failure for him.

(I've only seen one ep of the second series of Mid Morning Matters, either. It's nice knowing there's hours of spare Partridge sitting around if I ever get the urge.)

Stoked as heck for the new series, obv.

The Very Fugly Caterpillar (sic), Saturday, 9 February 2019 09:11 (five months ago) link

Alan on ecstasy in the car, Alan working the checkout at the supermarket and accidentally finding a zen satisfaction that he's unable to recognise... (we may have talked about that on some other thread)

definitely, also, the apology to marvin (?) the sheep kid at the end is a short but dense masterpiece of writing. overall scissored isle was a string of great ideas (and some complete misfires imo, e.g. the entire warehouse sequence, the bit with john thomson) with no compelling frame to put them in.

the not-great-but-perfectly-entertaining film - in which they managed to adapt his character to essentially being quite satisfied with his life

on his recent ollie & stan promo tour, coogan mentioned on a podcast that alan's most effective as a character when things aren't going well for him, which imo is one reason alpha papa is mediocre (he's even enjoying the siege), and why kmkywap and iap series 1 are incredible. it sounds like they're harnessing that for the new show, which coogan claims is up there in quality with iap and the day today (in another podcast interview, marc maron iirc).

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 9 February 2019 09:24 (five months ago) link

I preferred the radio series, you don't 'realise' it's the same supporting cast playing different roles each week.

Mark G, Saturday, 9 February 2019 09:31 (five months ago) link

As for the poll, which one has "Yeah, and you can lay them yourself YOU CHICKEN!!"?

Mark G, Saturday, 9 February 2019 09:32 (five months ago) link

looks like it was the traffic cone one

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 9 February 2019 09:38 (five months ago) link

yeah, S1E4, which is getting my vote

the 'zombie' reveal and aftermath is the greatest thing ever

Number None, Saturday, 9 February 2019 09:42 (five months ago) link

otm, and i know it’s been done to death but if ever i get roped into going to a halloween do i’ll definitely go as alan’s zombie (and not a single person will get it because australia has somehow missed the entire partridge phenomenon)

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 9 February 2019 09:46 (five months ago) link

he did tour a revised version of Alan Partridge And Other Less Successful Characters in Australia

(and wtf there’s a two-part doco about the tour?! https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/steve_coogan_down_under/ )

The Very Fugly Caterpillar (sic), Saturday, 9 February 2019 10:06 (five months ago) link

far out, had no idea

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 9 February 2019 10:15 (five months ago) link

I got vox popped in the foyer after, hopefully am not in this doco

The Very Fugly Caterpillar (sic), Saturday, 9 February 2019 10:22 (five months ago) link

how in christ’s honda did i not hear about this

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 9 February 2019 10:26 (five months ago) link

AA all literate and red blooded Aussies know and love their Partridge

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Saturday, 9 February 2019 10:32 (five months ago) link

all three of us

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 9 February 2019 10:34 (five months ago) link

The reveal of the superfan's Alan room in S1E5 has always felt like a standout moment.

nashwan, Saturday, 9 February 2019 11:16 (five months ago) link

I will never not laugh at the scene where Michael interrupts Alan and Jill. With the mousse.

God I just love AP, I can't choose

kinder, Sunday, 10 February 2019 00:14 (five months ago) link

Probably the Tex episode. maybe.
I remember before s2 came out and I was disgusted to hear Alan was going to have a girlfriend; I thought nothing could top s1. I was wrong!

kinder, Sunday, 10 February 2019 00:18 (five months ago) link

"i've dismantled my corby trouser press"

i love stories about people just milling around bored and that episode was exemplary.

visiting, Sunday, 10 February 2019 00:39 (five months ago) link

Ah! My five bedroom bastard house!

calzino, Sunday, 10 February 2019 16:04 (five months ago) link

Oh forget it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUY8wFaG1FE

Wee boats wobble but they don't fall down (Tom D.), Sunday, 10 February 2019 16:14 (five months ago) link

I’m with sic (and against coogan) in loving Alan when things ARE going his way; iap s2, the bouncing back era, is the worst era of partridge only because they hadn’t quite figured out how to do this, but i, partridge is wonderful because a partridge more or less comfortable in his skin and almost managing to actually enjoy his petty fiefdom is far *more* monstrous than a constantly humiliated daily mail guy at the hotel schadenfreude (not to mention truer to irl partridges, few of whom probably conceive of themselves as failures even as they enumerate all their past injuries in their self-serving memoirs)

gray say nah to me (wins), Sunday, 10 February 2019 16:49 (five months ago) link

he isn't a failure though, he's bounced back
I do kind of agree that letting himself be himself is the best
Mid Morning Matters is great for this

kinder, Sunday, 10 February 2019 16:58 (five months ago) link

I have viewed many properties in my life and each time it takes quite a bit of restraint not to tell them to get rid of the rinser in the kitchen.

kinder, Sunday, 10 February 2019 17:01 (five months ago) link

Yeah, like he hasn’t really “succeeded” so much as relaxed into his very comfortable mediocre-white-guy fate

I realise it sounds like I don’t like I’m Alan Partridge, I think it’s brilliant but there’s a conventional wisdom that the reason s2 isn’t as good as s1 is that Alan is “on the upswing” which is bollocks - I mean for a start he clearly isn’t except in his head, but also the north Norfolk era just disproves that idea completely, it’s far sharper in showing Alan doing pretty well but having his fundamental brokenness showing through

gray say nah to me (wins), Sunday, 10 February 2019 17:11 (five months ago) link

Just finished reading I Partridge and found him not mentioning Lynn by name annoying. Or did I miss a joke?

Monkey tennis?

(I saw them filming a bit of the new series outside our building. Or, rather, I walked past some filming and found out only later what it was)

koogs, Sunday, 10 February 2019 17:30 (five months ago) link

I think the joke is basically just that he doesn't think she's worthy of being mentioned by name in his biography

Number None, Sunday, 10 February 2019 18:01 (five months ago) link

yes

The Very Fugly Caterpillar (sic), Sunday, 10 February 2019 19:41 (five months ago) link

"It was incredible to think that the letter s, such a simple concept to even the youngest of children was like a foreign country to this man, it was the enemy in a lifelong war his mouth was never going to win. Like a kind of oral IRA - pre-ceasefire"

^^^^

This absolutely killed me one night, when i couldn't sleep and stuck on I, Partridge.

calzino, Sunday, 10 February 2019 23:21 (five months ago) link

The audio book of "I, Partridge" is incredible

. (Michael B), Monday, 11 February 2019 00:40 (five months ago) link

the only way to read this book imo

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 11 February 2019 01:32 (five months ago) link

I admittedly havent seen as much of this show as I'd like, so I'm voting for S1E3 because THESE CHICKENS ARE SCARED! THEY DONT KNOW WHY THEYRE SO BIG cracks me up every time I watch that one.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Monday, 11 February 2019 02:46 (five months ago) link

'Sunday Bloody Sunday'. What a great song. It really encapsulates the frustration of a Sunday, doesn't it? You wake up in the morning, you've got to read all the Sunday papers, the kids are running round, you've got to mow the lawn, wash the car, and you think "Sunday, bloody Sunday!".

triggercut, Monday, 11 February 2019 02:54 (five months ago) link

I think about “ah, wonder who got the power pack?” on a daily basis.

triggercut, Monday, 11 February 2019 02:58 (five months ago) link

I admittedly havent seen as much of this show as I'd like, so I'm voting for S1E3 because THESE CHICKENS ARE SCARED! THEY DONT KNOW WHY THEYRE SO BIG cracks me up every time I watch that one.

it’s incredible how much they manage to pack into each episode. for the poll summary i tried to only pick three highlights from each episode, but there’s so bloody much i had to leave out.

you also see it in kmkywap, e.g. the episode with the dead alan partridge is the same one as the beauty pageant, lieutenant colonel kojak slaphead iii and the apples & pears (stairs) guy. all that inside 35 minutes.

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 11 February 2019 03:55 (five months ago) link

oh and trayce, heaps of this is on stan atm

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 11 February 2019 03:56 (five months ago) link

Dont got stan or netflix, we is stinky py-ratts, but yeah I should get at least s1.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Monday, 11 February 2019 04:29 (five months ago) link

I don't think it's so much Alan being comfortable with his position in life, it's that he's finally the right age.

It's been a while since I read I, Partridge but I'm sure he describes the teenage him as a 50 year old man waiting to happen (or similar) and now his body's caught up (or rather slowed down) to his mind.

Like nate, I got to spiiike and realised I had to vote for that. Battling through the presentation, vomiting behind the lectern, accidentally letting off the pyro = gold.

Plus Apache attack helicopter is the thing I probably quote the most irl.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Monday, 11 February 2019 08:54 (five months ago) link

Like nate, I got to spiiike and realised I had to vote for that. Battling through the presentation, vomiting behind the lectern, accidentally letting off the pyro = gold.

series 2 is jam packed with incredible moments, which i think a lot of people forget when they’re reassessing the show from memory. sure series 1 is better, but series 2 is still incredible. series 7 of the simpsons isn’t as good as series 5, but it’s still classic television.

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 11 February 2019 09:21 (five months ago) link

Properly annoyed the full norfolk bravery awards clip is removed from youtube. S2 is underrated.

"The Edge is fine" is good, though

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew4wrtl01PA

abcfsk, Monday, 11 February 2019 09:36 (five months ago) link

series 2 seems to have more moments which… don’t seem to end properly. like the inland revenue visit, and that weird scene where he destroys his cereals.

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 11 February 2019 09:44 (five months ago) link

It's a season without any real momentum to its arcs, yeah, so it's more a series of loose moments. But those are funny.

abcfsk, Monday, 11 February 2019 10:03 (five months ago) link

It's full of classic moments but, I don't know, it seems like everyone, but especially Coogan, is trying too hard. The drummer's fine.

Wee boats wobble but they don't fall down (Tom D.), Monday, 11 February 2019 10:49 (five months ago) link

a colleague of mine was planning her wedding at Blickling Hall. She was baffled then increasingly annoyed at me referring to it as 'Bono's house'

kinder, Monday, 11 February 2019 11:19 (five months ago) link

it seems like everyone, but especially Coogan, is trying too hard.

all the forced catchphrases fell pretty flat (“back of the net” landed but “spice world” and “jackanackanory” didn’t)

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 11 February 2019 11:40 (five months ago) link

a colleague of mine was planning her wedding at Blickling Hall. She was baffled then increasingly annoyed at me referring to it as 'Bono's house'

god i love this.

a few years ago i went to an abba exhibition in melbourne, and i was the only one yelling “AHA!!” at the right moments, and other visitors thought i was touched

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 11 February 2019 11:42 (five months ago) link

Armando randomly says how much he dislikes IAP2, or at least some of it, on the dvd commentary track for his own Armando Ianucci Shows. The dvd came out in 2005 mind so maybe he’s warmer towards it now. A lot of it falls very flat, Lynn seems to be a different more exaggerated person, and the fat make up doesn’t work at all. I wonder if it just seemed, at the time, suddenly much less subtle than The Office which had first been shown the year before series 2 aired. You couldn’t help but compare them. The laugh track made it seem dated.

piscesx, Monday, 11 February 2019 12:13 (five months ago) link

seems like he was pretty disillusioned with the character in general at the time

I tell him I enjoyed the most recent I'm Alan Partridge series, which I did. Armando, it turns out, is not so sure. "I just don't think it gelled," he says. Really? "There were some funny bits in it. I'm glad we got there in the end. Maybe it's because I was so bound up in it. When I was watching it, I found myself thinking, 'Why are we devoting so much time to this man? Why is he of interest?' I didn't see a reason for it. I saw the reason for the last series, but not this one." Perhaps, I suggest, it was because The Office had moved the whole genre on so much. "It did make our show seem more traditional. I think this Partridge was more BBC1 than BBC2 in the end."

Was it difficult to make? Very, it turns out. "By the time we finished filming, when I still had all the editing to do, my brain was just gunged up. But I was aware of not being able to cope, so I went to the doctor and got signed off for three months." A mini-breakdown? Burnout? "It was stress. I should have done it earlier." What happened to the production? "Everything shut down." Was it scary? "It was great. I was at home. Carmello [his third child, a daughter to add to two sons with his wife, Rachel] was about to be born. It's funny, when you do something like that you realise how everyone gets so sucked in by their daily routines. You forget you can call a halt. The world does not cave in. I think this is why I feel slightly dubious about the last series. It was very difficult to make, and I don't feel as if I was in it. I feel very detached from it. In fact, we've recorded the rough elements of a new series, but I'm not producing it. Someone else is doing it."

What's this done to your relationship with Steve Coogan? "I don't think I'll work with Steve for quite a while. He was a major niggle on a day-to-day basis. We've talked about it and he knew. We didn't fall out or anything. It's like if you share a flat with someone. You can be best friends and then you share a flat and think, 'I can't bear it.' We sort of assumed we'd all be exactly as we were five years ago, but we're not, we're five years older. And it's strange trying to do exactly what we did five years ago, and I sort of thought we should have been doing a completely new thing, not revisiting the old. But the pressure was on. The BBC wanted Partridge, and people would say, 'When is Alan coming back?' You have an obligation. You're in a room with each other for a year. Every day. That's quite an intense activity. Quite personal." Gosh, this is getting gloomy. Maybe Armando just isn't an "up" kind of person generally. But then, who in comedy ever is?

Number None, Monday, 11 February 2019 12:33 (five months ago) link

that's interesting; thanks

kinder, Monday, 11 February 2019 12:47 (five months ago) link

Jeez yeah Coogan with a ‘niggle’ on must be a nightmare.

piscesx, Monday, 11 February 2019 13:57 (five months ago) link

that makes a heap of sense, thanks number none

piscesx:

Lynn seems to be a different more exaggerated person, and the fat make up doesn’t work at all. I wonder if it just seemed, at the time, suddenly much less subtle than The Office which had first been shown the year before series 2 aired. You couldn’t help but compare them. The laugh track made it seem dated.

it does seem dated for its time, now that you mention it. the fat makeup wasn’t great but i still find that whole sequence hilarious. lynn changing i hadn’t noticed, but i’m about to watch the whole thing again (it’s been at least three months) so i’ll look for it this time.

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 11 February 2019 19:21 (five months ago) link

I'm shamefully un familiar with Partridge but the spiiike episode is one of my favourite episodes of anything ever, so that

frame casual (dog latin), Monday, 11 February 2019 19:48 (five months ago) link

I must be the only person who prefers season 2. Anyway, I voted Dan (DAN! DAN! DAN! DAN! DAN! … … DAN!), Norfolk Bravery Awards, cup of beans.

"Lynne, these are sex people!"

Bloody Snail, Monday, 11 February 2019 20:34 (five months ago) link

Probably "what's de big oidea". He's a mentalist!

chap, Monday, 11 February 2019 23:31 (five months ago) link

I must be the only person who prefers season 2

Not as good as 1, but it only grows in stature with each passing year.

chap, Monday, 11 February 2019 23:32 (five months ago) link

I'm currently getting that Steve Coogan Stand Up Down Under from a private torrent tracker. I can upload it to some host overnight if anyone's interested?

Its 650 mb - can anyone recommend where to upload it to?

I also have a few invites to that UK torrent site. If anyone's interested then send me a webmail on here.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Monday, 11 February 2019 23:49 (five months ago) link

(with your email address)

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Monday, 11 February 2019 23:50 (five months ago) link

I've got three invites left.

although it might actually be open sign up atm. it's tvchaosuk.com

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Monday, 11 February 2019 23:54 (five months ago) link

I'll take one please jed if you will. I'm jayunkempt at that gmail dot com.

calzino, Monday, 11 February 2019 23:55 (five months ago) link

sent

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Monday, 11 February 2019 23:59 (five months ago) link

It's on Dailymotion for illegal streaming too (AA it turns out it was on iView until three weeks ago!)

The Very Fugly Caterpillar (sic), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 01:43 (five months ago) link

gahhhh shit

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 01:47 (five months ago) link

I've just downloaded the dailymotion app so I can stream it to a TV, and three minutes in am already mad at Peter Helliar for being dumb

The Very Fugly Caterpillar (sic), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 01:53 (five months ago) link

lol they keep going on and on about how he hasn't toured for 12 years years, so they're worried about reviews, although it was a less-shit version of his very-poorly-reviewed tour of one year earlier

The Very Fugly Caterpillar (sic), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 02:05 (five months ago) link

how in christ’s honda did i not hear about this

you'll love the bit where: halfway through the first of two weeks in Melbourne, they're close enough to selling out that they add two return shows a month later, after the Perth and Adelaide and Brisbane and first round of Sydney shows, having already had to reschedule Christchurch and Auckland due to selling out and adding dates in Sydney. (they ended up having to do two stints at three different theatres in Sydney)

The Very Fugly Caterpillar (sic), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 02:29 (five months ago) link

damn it

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 02:58 (five months ago) link

and three minutes in am already mad at Peter Helliar for being dumb

i suspect he’s an incredibly nice, lovely and generous guy who people like having around, because i legit don’t know how he keeps getting work

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 02:59 (five months ago) link

although that doesn’t explain f1f1 b0x

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 03:00 (five months ago) link

https://partridge.cloud/grabs/S02E03/gif/atUlQPjjMTHX.gif

abcfsk, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 11:14 (five months ago) link

The audio book of "I, Partridge" is incredible

― . (Michael B), Monday, February 11, 2019 12:40 AM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

the only way to read this book imo

― seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Monday, February 11, 2019 1:32 AM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

It would (also) be funny if it wasn't Alan reading it, like they got a different (virtual) celeb to.

But then, meta

Mark G, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 11:34 (five months ago) link

monday 25th, 9.30 pm (uk)

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 20:33 (five months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 00:01 (five months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 00:01 (five months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/rGZhwjM.jpg

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Thursday, 28 February 2019 03:49 (four months ago) link


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