This Time with Alan Partridge

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This Time with Alan Partridge

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

Oh Alan, how we’ve missed you. Yes, you have done fine shows on Sky in recent years, the film Alpha Papa and produced two glorious memoirs (I, Partridge and Nomad), but this is the comeback we’ve waited for.

It is a return to what Alan does best, or rather, worst – live TV. He steps in as presenting cover on a One Show-type magazine programme, alongside regular host Jennie Gresham (Susannah Fielding, a perfect foil).

From the word go, the Partridge impulse to blurt out non sequiturs, get names wrong and mutter reprimands to himself (“Wrong tone!”) is as killingly funny as ever.

When Jennie and a guest bond over the cuteness of a seal pup, Alan belatedly tries to join in: “Rrrgh! I don’t know whether to eat him or wear him! I suppose Eskimos do both?”

It’s joyously awful, but given the last time Alan did live TV he shot a guest, merely “awful” has to count as progress.

Summary

Due to the sudden illness of regular co-host of BBC One magazine show This Time, broadcaster Alan Partridge makes his long-awaited return to prime time TV when he is asked to stand-in as guest presenter. Comedy, starring Steve Coogan, with Susannah Fielding, Felicity Montagu and Tim Key.

Cast & Crew

Alan Partridge Steve Coogan
Jennie Gresham Susannah Fielding
Lynn Benfield Felicity Montagu
Simon Denton Tim Key
Alice Clunt Cariad Lloyd
Jean Chaudhary Priyanga Burford
Ruth Duggan Lolly Adefope
Hactivist Liam Williams
Director Rob Gibbons
Director Neil Gibbons
Producer Ted Dowd
Writer Steve Coogan
Writer Neil Gibbons
Writer Rob Gibbons
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Comedy