I’m Alan Partridge- Series 1

DVD Reviews | Dec 4th, 2006

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Starring Steve Coogan
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Studio: BBC/Warner
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Alan Partridge, played brilliantly by Steve Coogan, is a bumbling, arrogant entertainment personality who has now begun to rebuild his career. After having his chat show canceled, Alan is now working the grave yard shift at Radio Norwich, and is constantly trying get a second series out of the BBC. The show is comprised of 6 episodes which are on this very funny 2 disc set, including some great deleted scenes, and outtakes.

Knowing Me, Knowing You was Alan Partridge’s first series and while I did not see it, I can instantly get into what Alan Partridge was about. Here’s a guy who is such a pompous ass, and can say some pretty nasty things without even realizing he may be hurting someone, yet you still feel for the guy. I’m Alan Partridge- Series 1 follows Alan as he works his awful shift at Radio Norwich and then his time at the Linton Travel Tavern, where he is now living since his wife left him for another man. Big surprise there. He’s also trying to get back in with the BBC to try and get back on television. The ideas he pitches are so funny. I can honestly say Alan Partridge is up there with great TV characters from the BBC like Ricky Gervais’ character in The Office, and John Cleese’s Basil Fawlty from Fawlty Towers.

Besides the hilarious, and dry witted humor of the 6 episodes, you get some funny commentary by the one and only Alan Partridge along with his Personal Assistant Lynn Benfield. Also included is an additional commentary with Steve Coogan as himself, along with Peter Baynham and Armando Iannucci, “Add On Alan” and “Unused Alan” which is a compilation of outtakes, deleted scenes and one long improvised scene with Alan and Lynn in his car. Brilliantly funny.

While I understand not everyone will like Alan Partridge but those that love great improvising, comedic actors will love this series. The show has a nice flow to it, and the jokes are sometimes subtle and leave a lasting impression longer than they are on screen but that’s what makes the show so great.

-Commentary by Alan Partridge and his PA Lynn Benfield
-Commentary by Steve Coogan , Peter Baynham, and Armando Iannucci
-“Add-on Alan” (outtakes and deleted scenes
-“Unused Alan” (an improvised deleted scene)
-“Still Alan” photo gallery
-Cast and crew biographies

– Full Frame 4×3

-English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)


Favorite Scenes: Towering Alan, Basic Alan, Alan Attraction
Rating: NR
Running Time: 173 minutes
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