TV Review: Alan Partridge - Why When Where How and Whom
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2018 may just be the Year of the Partridge. It’s been 25 years since On The Hour, Radio 4’s surrealist news parody that first introduced us to Alan Partridge. Brought to life by Steve Coogan, Alan’s uniquely charmless personality has earned him a place in the annals of British comedy history. Inept and pompous in equal measure, the sports reporter turned local radio personality will return to our screens in the New Year to give his thoughts on Brexit. Yet before we’re graced with his take on the EU, Alan Partridge: Why, When, Where, How, and Whom charts the course of Alan’s turbulent career and the unlikely success of a character who ought to be reviled. The documentary brings together the many voices involved in shaping Alan Partridge, including writers Armando Iannucci, Patrick Marber, and the man himself, Steve Coogan. Fans of I’m Alan Partridge will be pleased to see cast members Felicity Montagu and Simon Greenall weighing in on the character’s legacy. The team behind Partridge recount the creation of Alan, from his Pringle jumpers to his distinctive turn of phrase, as they track the ups and downs of his fictional career. The heights of Knowing Me Knowing You, the spoof chat show that brought Alan a modicum of prestige, would end after Partridge accidentally killed a guest on air.
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