Alan Partridge comes to BBC America

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At last we Yanks get to take his bloody measure.

http://www.bbcamerica.com/genre/comedy_games/the_alan_partridge_experience/the_alan_partridge_experience.jsp

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 20:39 (fourteen years ago) link

YES! Sweet time! Finally!

What we want? Sex with T.V. stars! What you want? Ian Riese-Moraine! (Eastern Ma, Wednesday, 30 March 2005 20:46 (fourteen years ago) link

Now if only they'd show Press Gang...although I don't think that was production by the Beeb...

What we want? Sex with T.V. stars! What you want? Ian Riese-Moraine! (Eastern Ma, Wednesday, 30 March 2005 20:47 (fourteen years ago) link

Maybe it's finally time for me to return the VHS-tape my Brit friend lent me two years ago.

Ken L (Ken L), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 20:48 (fourteen years ago) link

maybe this means i'll finally be able to find torrents of this

kingfish, Wednesday, 30 March 2005 20:51 (fourteen years ago) link

I own every DVD! I bought a PAL converting player primarily just to watch them!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 20:52 (fourteen years ago) link

Also, I found every episode on slsk a while ago.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 20:53 (fourteen years ago) link

I have been watching my dvds on a mac laptop.

fluem, Wednesday, 30 March 2005 20:54 (fourteen years ago) link

"oooooooh... Sex!"

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 21:07 (fourteen years ago) link

This site has lots of clips!

http://www.alan-partridge.co.uk/index2.php

The Day Today stuff is priceless. Conor Hamill etc.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 21:10 (fourteen years ago) link

two months pass...
Aidan: Is that an original?

[Aidan is pointing to a large, airbrushed picture of a scantily-clad woman lying next to a motorbike, above the mantlepiece.]

Alan: I don’t know why I bought this painting. It’s got a very haunting quality… man and machine. I mean, I often look at this in the morning and think, "Ooh, I’d like to kiss her!".

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 9 June 2005 20:40 (fourteen years ago) link

Hahaha!

Why isn't Cutty on this thread?

Yakuza Ghost Six (nordicskilla), Thursday, 9 June 2005 20:53 (fourteen years ago) link

Sunday BLOODY Sunday!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 9 June 2005 20:54 (fourteen years ago) link

Sometimes I joke to my wife about "first-class intercourse"!

TMI?

Yakuza Ghost Six (nordicskilla), Thursday, 9 June 2005 20:56 (fourteen years ago) link

I thought it was "classic intercourse"!

and yes a bit.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 9 June 2005 21:01 (fourteen years ago) link

HI I AM HERE.

not on this thread because who wants to watch edited shows on BBC AMERICA, with commercials.

REGION FREE DVD PLAYER + AMAZON.CO.UK = YES

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 9 June 2005 21:05 (fourteen years ago) link

I picked up my copies at Amoeba!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 9 June 2005 21:13 (fourteen years ago) link

"Come on Sonja, let's be appalling!"

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 9 June 2005 21:15 (fourteen years ago) link

I'M BATMAN

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 9 June 2005 21:18 (fourteen years ago) link

I have this vision of spencer sitting around watching alan partridge and curb all day.

cozen (Cozen), Thursday, 9 June 2005 21:20 (fourteen years ago) link

spencer and cutty should have a sitcom.

which side should the door be on?

cozen (Cozen), Thursday, 9 June 2005 21:21 (fourteen years ago) link

That is how a number of weekend days are spent. Black Books too. I usually walk to Baja Fresh first and bring back a burrito.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 9 June 2005 21:22 (fourteen years ago) link

"I love you! ...in a way"

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 9 June 2005 21:22 (fourteen years ago) link

who is better looking, me or spencer?

(that's the title of the sitcom)

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 9 June 2005 21:30 (fourteen years ago) link

three months pass...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/partridge/images/book.jpg

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 7 October 2005 20:58 (thirteen years ago) link

The second season isn't so good is it? I just watched Knowing Me Knowing You on DVD and that's pretty good as well but nothing tops the first season of I'm Alan Partridge.

walter kranz (walterkranz), Friday, 7 October 2005 21:16 (thirteen years ago) link

This needs to show up on OnDemand.

kurt broder (dr g), Friday, 7 October 2005 21:16 (thirteen years ago) link

xpost. Oh, I don't know about that. Second season is pretty fantastic.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 7 October 2005 21:18 (thirteen years ago) link

At least, there's nothing I can point to directly and say, "oh season 2 is worse because". I guess he's slightly less pathetic?

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 7 October 2005 21:29 (thirteen years ago) link

chris from the pattern and the peechees is a big partidge/coogan fan. there were coogan tapes on the bus when i rode with them in 2001.

i bought the season 1 dvd before i went on the road. i can't actually watch it anymore. i think i have become too empathic to watch.

foxy boxer (stevie), Friday, 7 October 2005 21:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Actually, I rented the Season 1 DVD and watched them all in order but I've only caught a couple of Season 2 episodes on BBC America. Maybe I didn't like them as much because of the annoying commercials. The Bond marathon episode was definitely great.

walter kranz (walterkranz), Friday, 7 October 2005 21:44 (thirteen years ago) link

Are any of the I'm Alan Partridge episodes available on s1sk or t0rrents? I've never come across any of them. I'm so happy KMKYWAP finally came out over here. Are there plans for a release of them any time?

wmlynch (wlynch), Friday, 7 October 2005 21:47 (thirteen years ago) link

xpost:
I love the one where he goes back to his high school.

As for s1sk, that's where I originally found all the episodes.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 7 October 2005 22:00 (thirteen years ago) link

"High school", Spencer?

Sorry, I'm kind of a stickler.

400% Nice (nordicskilla), Friday, 7 October 2005 22:44 (thirteen years ago) link

"snap"

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 7 October 2005 23:09 (thirteen years ago) link

"By the way guys, if you are gay, please remember... Rubber up."

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 7 October 2005 23:20 (thirteen years ago) link

torrents here

zappi (joni), Saturday, 8 October 2005 01:05 (thirteen years ago) link

that's awesome. thank you for that, joni.

Lee F# (fsharp), Saturday, 8 October 2005 07:50 (thirteen years ago) link

Sweet. Thanks for those torrents.

wmlynch (wlynch), Sunday, 9 October 2005 19:54 (thirteen years ago) link

BBCA is showing the Mighty Boosh now as well. This is a rare sign of good programming for such a shitty channel

kyle (akmonday), Sunday, 9 October 2005 20:02 (thirteen years ago) link

five years pass...

new partridge on friday

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UmYOmTG3B0&feature=player_embedded

caek, Sunday, 31 October 2010 12:01 (eight years ago) link

north norfolk digital lol

Deluxe Merseybeat Wig (Jack Battery-Pack), Sunday, 31 October 2010 13:04 (eight years ago) link

do even lager drinkers like fosters?

it's always random in wackydelphia (history mayne), Sunday, 31 October 2010 13:08 (eight years ago) link

i'll drink it. it's no worse than carling or whatever.

caek, Sunday, 31 October 2010 13:10 (eight years ago) link

lols at 1:30

caek, Sunday, 31 October 2010 13:10 (eight years ago) link

it is the worst beer made in the world

boxes of mint aeros I have eaten in a week (sic), Sunday, 31 October 2010 13:33 (eight years ago) link

there are some comments on that youtube covering this important issue. maybe take it there.

caek, Sunday, 31 October 2010 13:35 (eight years ago) link

Anyone know exactly what this is, e.g. 10 minute 'shorts' or an actual series? This Sun article says "Highlights of his gut-bustingly funny musings and outrageous anecdotes are being packaged together for a brand new web series on fostersfunny.co.uk" - highlights?
Needless to say, I'm looking forward to this esp since Fosters aren't having anything to do with it (unlike Will Arnett/Orbit (or Wrigleys?) "content")

Not the real Village People, Sunday, 31 October 2010 23:49 (eight years ago) link

new material but just shorts

Ain't Gonna Play "Fist City" (sic), Sunday, 31 October 2010 23:59 (eight years ago) link

"ok.. a billion pounds"

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 23:02 (five months ago) link

best

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 07:56 (four months ago) link

Favourite moment this time was the coy way he said goodbye to the "shaved boy in a wig"

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 08:03 (four months ago) link

i wonder if he was clantily scad

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 08:10 (four months ago) link

Tash-hag

And of course people have reversed the backwards footage.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 09:29 (four months ago) link

I know it's very obvious, but I just loved the way he crowded out every single woman on the "special women's episode", as happens so often in real life, blah blah.

I loved how you could see him tune out the second Deegle mentioned putting fuel in a turbocharger.

I didn't watch a lot of Mid-Morning Matters, so I'm not really sure I'm getting a grip on Simon's character. Does he have one, or is it just this? I don't really know what he thinks about anything.

trishyb, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 09:37 (four months ago) link

lolly was a highlight again

koogs, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 09:44 (four months ago) link

the way the guy at the start flirted with alan was hilarious, and how alan’s responses to the guy gradually built up. kmkywap done with flair.

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 10:18 (four months ago) link

And call back to the ladyboys film in the Linton Travel Tavern.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 10:23 (four months ago) link

best one yet

kinder, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 21:04 (four months ago) link

I loved how you could see him tune out the second Deegle mentioned putting fuel in a turbocharger.

the thing i loved most about this is that you know exactly what’s going through his mind the whole time (and so he doesn’t have to say a single word for this to work), but you need to really understand alan and why he’s trying so hard not to interrupt her, for the joke to really hit hard. when he finally cracked i actually cried laughing, mainly from the anticipation of him saying exactly what we knew he was going to say.

this episode in particular was full of beautifully timed gags that completely paid off. easily the best of the series.

also, now that there’s only one episode left, i can’t help wondering if it will end with him just... hosting the show. no sacking, no catastrophe, just the very real prospect of a second series.

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 21:32 (four months ago) link

Fucking rantillion!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-JL7zdjltc

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 22:17 (four months ago) link

Rantallion! It's one of the swears the woman at the British library taught him

my future think tank (stevie), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 07:41 (four months ago) link

I also really appreciated how he didn't touch the books, even though he was really frustrated and he clearly wanted to, and twenty years ago he would have, and there would have been a row. I was waiting for that to happen, and not looking forward to it.

trishyb, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 09:22 (four months ago) link

no sacking, no catastrophe, just the very real prospect of a second series.

the Gibbonses are in pre-production on a new Alan project for the BBC to air later this year, probably a doco about British history. so he probably either remains in situ or gets promoted next week.

it'd be fine if he stays as the This Time host for a couple of years as a new status quo for the character imo. North Norfolk Digital was the home base for eight years of content, a change offers new scope for Partridge to be terrible again

Does he have one, or is it just this? I don't really know what he thinks about anything.

he's Alan's full-time on-air sidekick for most of MMM, and is baaasically smarter and more aware of things than Alan, but quite subservient to him, both professionally and due to self-confidence levels. so there is more to him that doesn't have a place in this series, where Key's main role is to shit himself in panic at being on TV.

(I reckon it would have been better not to add Simon until the second week, so Alan was a wee bit more established before bringing this unnecessary ninth wheel into a moving production)

steven, soda jerk (sic), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 09:29 (four months ago) link

the oysters segment was v good - "like a ghost's tongue"!!

still wildly uneven though. i thought the entire swear word package was v unfunny

and the joke w/lolly adefope contradicting him isn't funny enough to sustain the same joke repeated on every episode

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 11:03 (four months ago) link

the lolly joke is evolving though. last week she was deliberately faking the transatlantic delay. this week alan asked the exact same question and got a different answer. he knows she's doing it, is trying to catch her out, but she's still winning.

last two week's endings have relied on prosthetics, masks on top of the mask, i'm not sure i approve.

koogs, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 11:37 (four months ago) link

I found that one of the weaker epsiodes actually *shrug emoji*. I was knackered when I watched it last night though.

chap, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 14:22 (four months ago) link

i thought the one with the IRA songs was better than the most recent one but yes, I was also knackered

my future think tank (stevie), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 14:43 (four months ago) link

The Lolly gag (ha) just gets better the more they do it. I'm a Stewart Lee fan btw

kinder, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 15:19 (four months ago) link

The Lolly gag (ha) just gets better the more they do it.

agreed. it's all in how OF COURSE someone like Alan would be easily provoked by Lolly, and how she triumphs over him every time.

my future think tank (stevie), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 16:31 (four months ago) link

last two week's endings have relied on prosthetics, masks on top of the mask, i'm not sure i approve.

― koogs, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 22:37 (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah, singing that shit song with giant lips wasn't funny at all, and you could see it coming from a mile off.

sic:

it'd be fine if he stays as the This Time host for a couple of years as a new status quo for the character imo. North Norfolk Digital was the home base for eight years of content, a change offers new scope for Partridge to be terrible again

yes! this would be perfect

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 19:40 (four months ago) link

Doesn't look like the series will end without a catastrophe:

"Something happens, as you might expect, next week; really, this should be Alan’s last “Aha”. He has had his last chance in the mainstream and comprehensively blown it; he should surely go back to the margins, to the broadcasting doldrums."

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/mar/26/is-this-time-alan-partridges-last-aha

Portsmouth Bubblejet, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 20:47 (four months ago) link

that’s good news. i was thinking it might end without a catastrophe for alan’s career, which i suppose is still possible

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 22:52 (four months ago) link

oh god the sleep woman!

kinder, Monday, 1 April 2019 21:17 (four months ago) link

“I could harm them but choose not to”

was brilliantly creepy coming after me doubling up in laughter at the arse scratching.

Terrific Ep though I wish there had been more Jennie.

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Monday, 1 April 2019 21:35 (four months ago) link

best episode of the series and I think it was because there was no Jennie

was basically an episode of Mid-Morning Matters by the end

Number None, Monday, 1 April 2019 22:02 (four months ago) link

rather strange and ambiguous ending

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 07:56 (four months ago) link

I don't know, it fits in with the Gibbons' comments that the next AP BBC show will be something different again - goes and has the chat, is still owed a favour by the Beeb for stepping into the gap so the spat with Jennie is put down to a personality clash and AP is given his own show to break up the partnership. As I speculated at the time, my guess is replacing Simon Farnaby on his battlefield archeology show after he's tainted by the This Time Yewtree brush. It sounded from the outset like the sort of thing AP would have done on Skirmish if it had a budget.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 08:01 (four months ago) link

I just didn't really enjoy this series at all. It felt really broad! I guess Alan as a character concept needed to evolve to survive, but the weird funny voices he'd do didn't work for me, and mostly I just ended up feeling anxious over the inevitable fuck-ups, rather than enjoying any of them.

The IRA singer was great though. And the running gag with Lolly.

I am message board pro and respond when talked to (stevie), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 08:51 (four months ago) link

I was thinking the caller was going to fall from the ledge and die, glad they didn't go for that as too obvious.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 08:52 (four months ago) link

I liked the series, not that much laugh-out-loud funny, but loads of moments that are worth coming back to, and I notice more every time I rewatch a bit.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 08:53 (four months ago) link

aldo otm, jennie could cop the blame for being the one to storm off, and alan could come out on top for keeping the show together

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 08:56 (four months ago) link

Was Alan actually doing a good job by the end or is that just my investment in the character?

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 09:09 (four months ago) link

The police thing was really odd, don't think it worked really.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 09:10 (four months ago) link

yeah it was a bit obvious

i do think alan (and simon!) were doing a reasonable job by the end, which i suppose is the point – a) as sidekicks they're on top of their game, and b) they made it work in a crisis. alan even exposed his interview subject for using his interpreter to try it on. it's like they've lined up 'this time' for a *cough*

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 09:29 (four months ago) link

The bit with the fashion designer was funny, in how he seemed to get into the swing of it as the segment wore on, but felt like a retread of the scissored isle bit where he really got into working on a supermarket checkout. And I don't know if it's just because we now live in A Different Time, but the hilarity of Alan's retrogade sexual politics - even though he's trying at least a little to be a smidgeon more woke this time round - just doesn't really feel very funny to me.

I am message board pro and respond when talked to (stevie), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 09:32 (four months ago) link

Wasn't it explicit that it hadn't gone well, ie Lynn not telling him it had gone well, the interview with the African water guy going badly, the exec producer being v angry at him?

I am message board pro and respond when talked to (stevie), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 09:33 (four months ago) link

Lynn not telling him it had gone well, the interview with the African water guy going badly

the former was in relation to the latter

and the exec seems much more likely to be angry about the recorded comments

Number None, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 09:37 (four months ago) link

I guess Alan as a character concept needed to evolve to survive, but the weird funny voices he'd do didn't work for me, and mostly I just ended up feeling anxious over the inevitable fuck-ups, rather than enjoying any of them.
I did enjoy this series, and some bits were brilliant, but I agree with this to an extent

kinder, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 10:16 (four months ago) link

I liked that Alan had some obvious professionalism compared to Simon - Simon's cheery tone when talking about the corrupt govt, for example, and Alan obviously thinking he should be doing sad serious voice instead

kinder, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 10:18 (four months ago) link

the former was in relation to the latter

no, Alan specifically asks her to tell him the fashion bit went well and she won't

steven, soda jerk (sic), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 10:21 (four months ago) link

Overall a slightly disappointing series - I feel the tone wasn't particularly well managed, and it was often quite self indulgent. When it was good it was very good, though.

chap, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 10:36 (four months ago) link

Wasn't it explicit that it hadn't gone well, ie Lynn not telling him it had gone well, the interview with the African water guy going badly, the exec producer being v angry at him?

the interview ended in a pretty deft exposé, the exec producer is angry but it’s not clear why, and lynn’s poor judgement had been called out a couple of times earlier iirc. to me it really feels like it could go either way.

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 10:39 (four months ago) link

Overall a slightly disappointing series - I feel the tone wasn't particularly well managed, and it was often quite self indulgent. When it was good it was very good, though.

yeah, it missed the mark a hell of a lot, but the best bits were classic alan.

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 10:40 (four months ago) link

https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/04/05/42703/alan_partridge_to_front_a_sweeping_history_of_britain

filming in may.

some people have been knocking the gibbons era but this has been absolutely fine. ‘this time’ is definitely better without the weight of expectation (in australia it’s just gone up on iview so i’m watching them all again), and i maintain that ‘welcome to the places of my life’ is easily one of the best pieces of partridge in existence.

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 5 April 2019 20:35 (four months ago) link

Overall a slightly disappointing series - I feel the tone wasn't particularly well managed, and it was often quite self indulgent. When it was good it was very good, though.

That about sums it up really

Disappointed we didn't get to see Ruth in the last episode

paolo, Saturday, 6 April 2019 08:58 (four months ago) link

some people have been knocking the gibbons era

I've liked all the stuff they've done up to now, but 'This Time' felt too much like Partridge fan fiction to me. Did enjoy the CPR doll/Another One Bites The Dust scene, though, and his fantastic selection of jackets.

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Saturday, 6 April 2019 13:33 (four months ago) link

interesting you should say that, because to me the cpr scene felt more like fanfic than anything in the whole series

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 6 April 2019 20:12 (four months ago) link

on rewatching the whole thing in a day, the quality of the writing really jumps out. the dialogue is crafted to within an inch of its life, even if some of the broader aspects don’t land, and the acting (especially from fielding) is far better than i remember from classic partridge.

the series arcs were pretty jarring though: the ruth thing building up and then just stopping, the way they handled simon and lucy hooking up, jennie suddenly storming out in the last one.

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 6 April 2019 20:22 (four months ago) link


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