After burning his bridges at the BBC by shoving a huge hunk of walnut-encrusted cheese into the face of then-director of programming Tony Hayers, Alan Partridge has been thrown a TV lifeline by Sky Atlantic as his Mid Morning Matters begins tonight on the channel at 9:00pm.
First broadcast on the web by Fosters in 2010, the show is a fly-on-the-wall look at Alan's working life at local radio station North Norfolk Digital, which depicts days filled with digressions, endless over-enunciation and occasional petty fights with on-air foil Sidekick Simon.
But while the original series has now been removed from YouTube in preparation of its TV debut, there's still a good chunk of Mid Morning mirth out there to be enjoyed in the show's outtakes.
Of course, a media professional like Alan would probably be mortified by the idea of the public seeing him flluff lines and laugh a little too heartily at his own jokes, but these clips demonstrate a man with a rich sense of fun and, in their way, act as a counterblast to the bitterness displayed in his poorly-received first memoir, Bouncing Back. Enjoy:
If you're in the mood for more Partridge after that lot, you might well enjoy our collection of his wisest quotations, our reviews of his Open Books appearance and Welcome to the Places of My Life TV special and our interview with Mid Morning writers Neil and Rob Gibbons.