Longtime fan of all things Alan. Sadly, aside from the mighty “Come Out Ye Black and Tans!” episode was distinctly underwhelmed by S1 and very surprised SC brought the character back for another go-round.
Like all classic UK comic TV characters – think Tony Hancock, ‘Arold Steptoe, Basil Fawlty, Captain Manwairing and Rupert Rigsby – AP at his best is equal parts social climbing hubris and doomed-to-be-thwarted pathos. As indeed was Alan himself in the first and to a lesser extent the second series/season of I’m Alan Partridge.
In reviving and modifying the KMKY format in which Alan made his solo TV debut all those years ago, SC seems to have forgotten to remove the pathos that made AP such a wonderful grotesque to begin with. He’s also largely replaced his interactions with Felicity Montague’s magnificent Lynn in favour of the unfunny Tim Key’s Sidekick Simon.
While love the books and the various one-offs (Scissored Isle. etc), think SC really should have retired the character in series form after the excellent Mid Morning Matters.
Am sure there’ll be others here who differ…