What are Alan Partridge’s best sayings and quotes, when did Steve Coogan invent him and what gave him the idea?January 12, 2019
AS Alan Partridge fans know, the iconic character has been on our TV screens for over 25 years.
But what are Alan’s best sayings and quotes and how come he was even invented? Here’s the lowdown…
Steve Coogan as the comedy favourite[/caption]
Who is Alan Partridge?
Alan Partridge is a fictional character who is played by English comedian Steve Coogan.
Alan is a tactless TV and radio host who often says insulting remarks to his guests and is described by Steve as a “Little Englander, with right-wing values and poor taste.”
The character has been the focus of three TV series – Knowing Me, Knowing You, as well as I’m Alan Partridge and Mid Morning Matters.
He also spawned a 2013 film, Alan Partridge, Alpha Papa, which showed the star caught up in a radio station siege.
Alan, played by Steve Coogan, has been the focus of three TV series – Knowing Me, Knowing You, as well as I’m Alan Partridge and Mid Morning Matters[/caption]
What are Alan Partridge’s best sayings and quotes?
When he described his appearance
“My face was designed as a leisure accessory.”
When he critiqued the art on display at his Travel Tavern
“There’s never any graffiti in the hotel. Although in the Gents a couple of weeks a go I did see someone had drawn a lady’s part. Quite detailed. The guy obviously had talent.”
When he gave his opinion on the capital of the UK
“Go to London, I guarantee you’ll either be mugged or not appreciated. Catch the train to London, stopping at Rejection, Disappointment, Backstabbing Central and Shattered Dreams Parkway.”
When he spoke about class
“Two fat ladies, 88! Not that you’d find these ladies at a bingo hall, of course… they’re altogether a higher class of fat lady.”
When he spoke about wine
“All this wine nonsense! You get all these wine people, don’t you? Wine this, wine that. Let’s have a bit of red, let’s have a bit of white. Ooh, that’s a snazzy bouquet. Oh, this smells of, I don’t know, basil. Sometimes you just want to say, sod all this wine, just give me a pint of…mineral water.”
When he spoke about farmers
“If you see a lovely field with a family having a picnic, and a nice pond in it, you fill in the pond with concrete, you plow the family into the soil, you blow up the tree, and use the leaves to make a dress for your wife who is also your brother.”
He also spawned a 2013 film, Alan Partridge, Alpha Papa, which showed the star caught up in a radio station siege[/caption]
How did Steve Coogan invent Alan Partridge?
The character was created by Steve Coogan and TV director Armando Iannucci in 1991 for a BBC Radio 4 programme called On the Hour.
The show was a spoof of current affairs broadcasting and introduced Alan as a sports presenter.
The character was reprised a number of times, and in 1997 the sitcom I’m Alan Patridge was launched on BBC, which documented Alan’s life working for a small radio station.
An autobiography called I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan was sold in 2011, followed by a feature film called Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa in 2013.
Some have hailed the character as being one of the most beloved comic creations of the last few decades.
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What is the Alan Partridge special?
Fans of the comic were delighted with a career-spanning documentary on him released in December 2017.
The show, called Why, When, Where, How and Whom? took a look back at the comedy character and has been repeated on the BBC ahead of his return to the channel.
A description on NME explains: “To celebrate Alan’s return to his rightful home at the BBC in 2018, this retrospective documentary will look back at his journey from broadcaster caricature to the award-winning study of complexity and pathos that he has become.
“We will hear from the man behind the man himself, Steve Coogan, as well as the acclaimed team that created him 25 years ago.”