Alan Partridge is a fictional character portrayed by UK / Irish actor and comedian Steve Coogan. Now his classic series I’M ALAN PARTRIDGE is on Netflix.
A parody of British television personalities, Partridge is a tactless and inept television and radio presenter who often insults his guests and whose inflated sense of celebrity drives him to treachery and shameless self-promotion. Coogan described Partridge as a Little Englander with right wing values and poor taste.
Partridge was created by Steve Coogan for the 1991 BBC Radio 4 comedy programme On the Hour, a spoof of British current affairs broadcasting, as the show’s sports presenter. In 1992, Partridge hosted a spin-off Radio 4 spoof chat show, Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge. On the Hour transferred to television as The Day Today in 1993, followed by Knowing Me, Knowing You in 1994. In 1997, Coogan starred as Partridge in a BBC sitcom, I’m Alan Partridge, written by Coogan, following Partridge’s life working for a small radio station and living in a roadside hotel. It earned two BAFTAs and was followed by a second series in 2002 for the Manchester .
Partridge is an incompetent and tactless television and radio presenter from Norwich, England.He is socially inept, often offending his guests, and has an inflated sense of importance and celebrity. According to the Telegraph, Partridge is “utterly convinced of his own superiority, and bewildered by the world’s inability to recognise it – qualities that place him in the line of comedy lineage that runs directly from Hancock, Captain Mainwaring and Basil Fawlty. His need for public attention drives him to deceit, treachery and shameless self-promotion, and sometimes violence; in the Knowing Me, Knowing Yule Christmas special, for example, he assaults a BBC boss and a paralysed former golfer.
Coogan has said in the past that his own childhood summers in Ireland and Alan Partridge’s “basic ignorance” let him get away with making gags about the Irish.
“I’m half Irish and Alan does make all sorts of Irish references. I spent nearly every summer of my life growing up in the west of Ireland and I’m very familiar with Mayo and Cork and west Cork. A lot of the humour I do as Alan is British prejudice against the Irish which can sound just like jokes against the Irish but it has to be put into the context of Alan’s ignorance which is why we get away with it.”
Plus his ignorance of the Irish pops up now and again.
Alan Partridge: ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’. What a great song. It really encapsulates the frustration of a Sunday, doesn’t it? You wake up in the morning, you’ve got to read all the Sunday papers, the kids are running round, you’ve got to mow the lawn, wash the car, and you think “Sunday, bloody Sunday!”.
Here he meets the two Irish born writers of Fr. Ted Arthur Matthews and Graham Linehan ….
After a hiatus, Partridge returned in 2010 with a series of shorts, Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge, written by Coogan and new writers Rob and Neil Gibbons, who have co-written every Partridge product since. The series was followed by a bestselling spoof autobiography, I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan (2011), along with a successful feature film, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013) directed by Fr Ted alumni Wexford man DECLAN LOWNEY , several TV specials, and a second series of Mid Morning Matters (2016).
Critics have praised Alan Partridge’s complexity, realism and pathos. Vanity Fair called him a British “national treasure” and The Guardian described him as “one of the greatest and most beloved comic creations of the last few decades”. The character has been credited with influencing “awkward” comedies such as The Inbetweeners, Nighty Night and Peep Show. According to Den of Geek, Partridge has so influenced British culture that “Partridgisms” have become part of everyday vernacular.
If your still not convinced to start binging I’m Alan Partridge on Netflix take a look at some of his best moments: