This Time with Alan Partridge

This Time with Alan Partridge

Series 1 - Episode 3

Sat 5 Dec 8pm - 8:30pm BBC Entertainment
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Review

It’s a staple of lightweight magazine programmes that presenters must find ways to show they connect to stories. They’ll relate them to their own lives, with a little “I always find…” or “If, like me, you’ve ever…” But of course, Alan gets such moments clatteringly wrong.

Tonight, when smiley co-host Jennie (the oh-so-believable Susannah Fielding) trails an upcoming piece on teenage self-harm, here’s how Alan tries to empathise: “I used to pluck nasal hairs when I was angry with myself after a show had gone badly. Sometimes I’d poke my skin with one and think, ‘That would make a good sword for an ant!’” It’s a perfect Partridge blend of insensitive, surreal and a bit tragic.

Summary

With exciting news concerning the show's new presenting line-up, Alan and Jennie Gresham get their teeth into more of the pressing issues of the day. Topics covered on the programme included aggressive Scottishness and vegetarianism and there is a harrowing look at the abolition of corporal punishment. Steve Coogan stars as the broadcaster who makes a return to prime time TV from the wilderness of local radio when he is asked to stand-in on BBC One magazine show This Time, with Jonathan Watson and Geoff McGivern.

Cast & Crew

Alan Partridge Steve Coogan
Jennie Gresham Susannah Fielding
Lynn Benfield Felicity Montagu
Simon Denton Tim Key
Ruth Duggan Lolly Adefope
Dale Daniels Jonathan Watson
Paul Froggatt Geoff McGivern
Ted Bill Fellows
Director Neil Gibbons
Director Rob Gibbons
Producer Ted Dowd
Writer Steve Coogan
Writer Neil Gibbons
Writer Rob Gibbons
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Comedy