26 Facts About Alan Partridge


Alan Gordon Partridge is a comedy character portrayed by the English actor Steve Coogan.

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Alan Partridge was created by Coogan and Armando Iannucci for the 1991 BBC Radio 4 comedy programme On the Hour, a spoof of British current affairs broadcasting, as the show's sports presenter.

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In 1997, Coogan starred as Partridge in a BBC sitcom, I'm Alan Partridge, written by Coogan, Iannucci and Peter Baynham, following Partridge's life in a roadside hotel working for a small radio station.

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Baynham said that while the writers used Alan Partridge to expose bigotry, and that the humour came from his mistakes, they wanted to create empathy.

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Alan Partridge is credited with influencing cringe comedies such as The Inbetweeners, Nighty Night and Peep Show.

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Alan Partridge was created for the 1991 BBC Radio 4 comedy programme On the Hour, a spoof of British current affairs broadcasting, as the show's hapless sports presenter.

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Alan Partridge is portrayed by Steve Coogan, who had performed a similar character for a BBC college radio station at university.

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In 1999, Alan Partridge appeared on the BBC telethon Comic Relief, performing a medley of Kate Bush songs.

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Coogan returned to Alan Partridge after pursuing other projects, such as the film Philomena and his work with the director Michael Winterbottom.

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Alan Partridge said he did not want to say goodbye to Partridge, and that "as long as I can do my other things, that, to me, is the perfect balance".

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In 2020, he said that though he had once tired of Alan Partridge, he had now become "a battered, comfortable old leather jacket".

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Coogan appeared as Alan Partridge to promote I, Alan Partridge on The Jonathan Ross Show and BBC Radio 5 Live.

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The film sees Alan Partridge enlisted as a crisis negotiator during a siege at his radio station.

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In July 2017, Alan Partridge appeared in an episode of the BBC Radio 4 programme Inheritance Tracks, in which guests choose music to pass to future generations; he selected "Who Put the Bomp " by Barry Mann and the theme from Grandstand.

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The Guardian critic Brian Logan gave the show four out of five, praising its "rich comedy of physical awkwardness" and writing that Alan Partridge was now "at the centre of his own thriving multi-platform metaverse".

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Alan Partridge noted that though Coogan had once tired of Partridge, he now "clearly takes pleasure in the performance".

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Alan Partridge is an incompetent and tactless television and radio presenter.

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Alan Partridge is socially inept, often offending his guests, and has an inflated sense of importance and celebrity.

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Alan Partridge holds right-wing views; he is a reader of the right-wing newspaper the Daily Mail, and supported Brexit because the Mail "told him to".

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Alan Partridge is more empathetic and less about mocking the fool.

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Iannucci said that Alan Partridge stays optimistic because he never sees himself as others see him, and that despite his failings he was "the perfect broadcaster for these times, when there are 24 hours to fill and dead time is a crime – he has a unique capacity to fill any vacuum with his own verbal vacuum".

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Brian Logan wrote in the Guardian that though Alan Partridge was created as a satire of the "asinine fluency of broadcaster-speak" of the time, his development as a character study gave him a timeless quality.

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Mandatory wrote that Alan Partridge was "a fascinatingly layered and fully realised creation of years of storytelling and a fundamentally contemptible prick – he feels like a living, breathing person, but a living, breathing person that you want to strangle".

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We believe Alan Partridge is real, from his side-parted hair down to his tasseled sports-casual loafers.

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Telegraph credited Alan Partridge with influencing cringe comedies such as The Inbetweeners, Nighty Night and Peep Show.

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In September 2020, an unofficial statue of Alan Partridge created by sculptors in the film industry was temporarily erected outside the Forum in Norwich; Alan Partridge's official Twitter account released a statement endorsing the statue.

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