Alan Partridge returned to the BBC on Monday night after a 24-year hiatus.
This Time with Alan Partridge was a piece of excruciating genius which went down a treat with viewers.
The One Show-style news programme sees Steve Coogan’s comic creation awkwardly bumble his way through 30 minutes of studio time with his long-suffering, joke-stealing sidekick Jennie Gresham played brilliantly by Susannah Fielding.
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In one skit in the debut episode, during a segment on personal hygiene, Partridge gave a demonstration of how to use public toilets without touching anything at all with your hands.
It’s already one of the greatest TV moments of the year…
— BBC Comedy (@bbccomedy) February 25, 2019
— Nick Bruzon (@NickBruzon) February 26, 2019
— Ben (@bengreen124) February 25, 2019
I can't now wash my hands without thinking of #AlanPartridge
— Vicki Hillyard (@Vicki_Moonshine) February 26, 2019
His mis-pronunciation, to put it mildly, of a guest’s name was another highlight…
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) February 25, 2019
Welcome back Partridge ????
Alice Clunt/Fluck ????????
— Lynsey Hipgrave (@lynseyhipgrave1) February 25, 2019
And a lot of viewers were speculating which real-life TV presenters today’s Partridge might be inspired by…
— Jacob (@Jakedanashb) February 25, 2019
— Darshna Soni (@darshnasoni) February 25, 2019
Oh my God #AlanPartridge was awesome. Knowing Me Knowing You territory of greatness.
I loved how they brought Lynn for the I'm Alan Partridge feel, need to extend that somehow. Alan was at his best off-screen.
— Steven (@Reachingbroom) February 26, 2019
Co-star Fielding thanked viewers for watching, and with five more episodes to go she’s clearly relieved the show has got off on the right foot.
Thank you so much for watching #ThisTimeWithAlanPartridge tonight and for all your kind words people! And… breathe. Phew! ❤️❤️❤️
— Susannah Fielding (@Misssusannahf) February 25, 2019
And we’ll just leave this horrifying picture of Partridge’s wig here…
ALAN GORDON PARTRIDGE pic.twitter.com/JFSa7SU1F4
— patrick marber (@Pmarber) February 25, 2019
This Time with Alan Partridge continues at 9.30pm on Mondays on BBC1