“ Genre: Television - I'm Alan Partridge / Theatrical Release: 1997 / Suitable for 15 years and over / Director: Adam Tandy / Actors: Steve Coogan, Peter Baynham, Amelia Bullmore, Simon Greenall, Melanie Hudson ... / DVD released 2003-11-10 at 2 Entertain Video / Features of the DVD: Box set, PAL, Widescreen „
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Alan Partridge (played by Steve Coogan) makes his return to our screens having now left the Travel Tavern and residing in a static home whilst his house is build right next door. Thankfully he has not left behind all things from the Travel Tavern as Michael (the Geordie who worked in the hotel) has followed him into series 2 and can be found at the BP garage where Alan loves to go in for chats and to have a Ginsters. The series sees Lynn (Alan's faithful PA) return to our screens too and following on from the death of her mother we begin to see a different side to Lynn as a little bit more of her character comes out with her getting with a former fuzz during the series. Alan is also joined in this series by Sonja who is his new girlfriend. We see her trying to master the full English and hear of her love for London and Bono as well as watching as Alan is constantly concerned by her sense of humour and those she will come in to contact with incase she causes him to have a disaster. The same dark humour continues on from where it left off in the last series and for me this has some amazing comedy moments too. For some the comedy is a little too dark and it is one of those you are going to love or hate but for me this is a love and one of those shows I would always recommend and thanks to being able to pick this up for about a fiver online now it is well worth a try. Positives: Alan returns with well known characters in Michael and Lynn but has also added to his character list with his builder John being a main character along with Sonja. The comedy standards previously given in the first series continue in to the second series with the standards not slipping and for me actually improving. Comedy gold moments that will make you laugh out loud like the foot on the spike, the air guitar, Dan and more. Negatives: None A highly recommended and entertaining show which gives so much from a second series and is as Alan would say "lovely stuff".
Alan Partridge Series 2 is one of the funniest comedies I've seen. Even though it was made in 2003 it still has the ability to really make me laugh. Highly quotable and cleverly written, this is a comedy that I never tire of. Alan Partridge is a failed chat show host that gets to host a late night radio show and supplements his income narrating on direct to DVD programs like 'The Boob Olympics', 'The Eurovision Thong Contest' and 'Wet Christmas' for a shady production company. His best friend Michael works in a petrol station and his PA, Lynn "That's a snazzy haircut. Is that your mother's money coming through?", is constantly by his side and both are the butt of a fair few of his jokes. He also has a girlfriend called Sonya from the Ukraine, who he basically uses for sex but has no real affection for, as he puts it "I love you, in a way" and "Well Sonya that was classic intercourse, so, thanks". There are so many cleaver and witty lines in this show and the interaction between Alan and basically everyone else is incredibly funny and cringe worthy. The classic episode where he meets his doppelganger Dan, a successful business man with all the same mannerisms as Alan is hilarious, his perfect best friend - with just one slight difference. There are so many things about this series that I could talk about but I would not want to spoil it for anyone. But I'm sure, like me you will find yourself quoting lines from the episodes for years to come. Plus the more you watch it the better it gets as you see how cleaver the writing is and you catch some of the subtleties you may have missed first time. In my opinion, a true classic.
The second series of I'm Alan Partridge is an excellent series of comedy. In general, I've found that the second series of comedies generally dissapoint but this one is an exception. A whole new list of Partridge-isms such as "back of the net" and "cashback" were born in this series. In his own words, Partridge has "bounced back" and now has a better timeslot on Radio Norwich and is building his new house, whilst living in a caravan outside. His Geordie friend Michael now has a job at the local BP Garage and Lynn, his PA, continues with her suffering at Partridge's hands. One particular episode has Partridge do a presentation for a coal log effect fire company who he refers to as the "ferrari of the fire industry". He becomes locked out of the venue and has to climb over a fence resulting in him piercing his foot on a spike. He tries to conduct the presentation but ends up vomiting and setting off the glitter explosion at the wrong time, as well as slurring his words after losing blood. This is an excellent comedy with too many funny moments to write about. I would thoroughly recommend it.
Alan Partridge is definately Steve Coogan's best comedy character, so much so that when I here Coogan talk in an interview I feel as if Alan is just going to appear and put his foot in it as usual!. If you aren't familar with the character - Alan Partridge is a tv presenter/broadcaster who used to have his own BBC programme but got sacked due to a long string of guffs and poor viewing figures - in this dvd the second series he is no longer living at the "travel tavern" and is "bouncing back" he also has a ukranian girlfiend called Sonya who is the brunt of many of his jokes, Alan's "tireless PA" Lynne becomes put upon and burdened with organising Alans life as usual. Alan's old friend Michael (the hotel porter in series one) is in the series although this time he is working at the local Petrol Station which Alan likes to frequent and pass the time. The dvd is a two disc affair with extras like "Anglican Alan" which is a spoof-documentary about Alan and provides another insight into his attitudes and values. You can pickup this dvd fairly cheap these days so if you saw the series on telly and want to relive some classic Partridge then it's well worth buying.
The second and final series of I'm Alan Partridge continues with the fly-on-the wall style format of the previous series, but with Alan's circumstances having changed once again. He is no longer living in a Travel Tavern, and is instead living in a caravan with his new Ukrainian girlfriend Sonja whilst his new house is being built, having managed to secure in addition to his job as an obscure Norwich radio presenter a spot hosting a military-based quiz show on UK Challenge. Despite his fortunes looking up slightly Alan is still as pathetic as ever, and his relationship with Sonja is utterly artifical and frequently hilarious (" I love you Alan." "Thanks a lot!"), as is the relationship between Sonja and Alan's conservative and religious PA Lynn, who naturally does not approve. Alan retains his child-like friendship with Michael from the earlier series, who is now working at a BP garage, and as before Alan frequently finds himself in farcical and bizarre situations as he desperately attempts to further his career, piercing his foot on a fence spike before hosting an event for Dante fireplaces and vomiting repeatedly into the mike-stand, accidentally getting caugh up with a pair of swingers (or "sex people" as he calls them), narrowly avoiding getting arrested for traffic cone theft and going to watch thousands of copies of his comeback biography "bouncing back" getting pulped at the local recycling plant. Series 2 is every bit as funny as the first, combining weird plotlines, over-the top charicatures and lots of hilarious and surreal dialogue courtesy of Alan, whilst the fact his mental state seems to be once again on the verge of complete collapse making the series darkly fascinating once again. A suitable swansong (or so it would seem) for one of the best British comedy characters of all time.
It must have been quite hard for Peter Baynham, Armadno Iannucci and Steve Coogan to sit down to write the brilliant second series of I'm Alan Partridge after they had so successfully lampooned the idea of a fame hungry minor celebrity clinging onto the vague hope that they may receive a renewal of their TV show in the first series. Whilst the second series never tops the dizzying heights that were set by its predecessor, it comes incredibly close and is still one of the greatest comedy shows ever produced by the BBC. There is no point in spoiling what Alan gets up to in these 6 episodes, suffice to say that he is still the vile monster that he has always been and his long suffering PA Lynne is still onhand to receive the brunt of his ego related concerns. The rest is seemingly immaterial, for it is not what Partridge does that is worthy of attention, but rather the incredibly funny and original way that he does it. For those who disliked the first series of I'm Alan Partridge then the second series is going to do little to persuade you of its comic genius. However, if you fall into this minority then you should feel very unlucky not to enjoy the sheer hilarity that occurs throughout the 3 hours on this DVD. Extras also include the terrific 'Alan Partridge: Anglian Lives', a true delight for Alan fans everywhere.
Series 2 of I'm Alan Partridge charts the ongoing life and times of one time chat show host Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan). After accidentally shooting someone on the set of his chat show in the original 'knowing me, knowing you' series, Alan has embarked on a career in radio and series 2 sees him hosting the late night slot on his local station. The comedy comes thick and fast in each and every episode of this comedy classic, and I'd go as far as to say that this is the best of the 3. They really don't make comedies like this any more, and I doubt even Steve Coogan and Co. could get back to the form that they demonstrated with this series. No other comedy comes close, even after watching it over and over again, I still find myself laughing out loud time after time. The genius is all down to Coogans character, he's obnoxious, self opinionated, rude and even bullies his PA Lynne, but you still can't help but love him, or at least pity him. There are so many comedy moments, I can't even begin to try and pick a favourite - the whole series is comedy gold. The acting from Coogan and the supporting cast is brilliant, as is the direction. Comedy writers of the future should watch and learn from this DVD, as this is how it's done!