This Time With Alan Partridge Page 5

This Time With Alan Partridge. Image shows from L to R: Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan), Jennie Gresham (Susannah Fielding). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions.

This Time With Alan Partridge

Alan Partridge returns to BBC television as co-host of an evening weekday magazine show

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Steve Sunshine

  • Monday 4th March 2019, 11:50pm
  • Dagenham, England
  • 14,666 posts
Quote: Chappers @ 4th March 2019, 10:38 PM

I understand the character and what they're trying to do but really the laughs were few and far between.

Agree

I was trying to laugh but didn't get as many opportunities as I was hoping for

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Tuesday 5th March 2019, 6:45am
  • England
  • 17,874 posts

The last five minutes were more like the old AP, so I will give it one more look next week; but am very disappointed in it overall - where's the laughs?

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Rood Eye

  • Tuesday 5th March 2019, 7:16am [Edited]
  • England
  • 4,103 posts

I don't wish to alarm fellow BCG members but it appears we might have slipped into some sort of parallel universe.

This morning's Independent gives last night's episode (Episode 2) a 5-star review and describes it as "exquisitely crafted comedy".

This morning's Telegraph gives last night's episode (Episode 2) a 5-star review and describes it as "another precision-engineered pastiche".

Seriously folks, something sinister is going on here.

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Kenneth

  • Tuesday 5th March 2019, 9:18am
  • Australia
  • 5,436 posts

Why, only an uncultured buffoon would be unable to see the Emperor is wearing new clothes. Of course, I haven't watched it yet, but I already know it is an exquisitely sublime riposte to all burdensome banalities of breakfast TV. Anyone who can't see this is a masterpiece is a fool.

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beaky

  • Tuesday 5th March 2019, 9:33am
  • Malaga and Brighton, United Kingdom
  • 2,744 posts

I started watching episode 2 yesterday and turned off halfway through, bored. Then I watched Fleabag - like the contrast between night and day.

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G180e

  • Tuesday 5th March 2019, 10:08am
  • Wolverhampton, England
  • 3,386 posts
Quote: beaky @ 5th March 2019, 9:33 AM

I started watching episode 2 yesterday and turned off halfway through, bored. Then I watched Fleabag - like the contrast between night and day.

Loved the second episode, plenty of hilarious moments I felt. Where as Fleabag, I really can't see the obsession with that show.

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Lazzard

  • Tuesday 5th March 2019, 10:08am
  • Ludlow, England
  • 4,872 posts

Do you think it's because it's taking the piss out of TV/Media and the (journos) don't want it to look like they don't get the joke? Or are they so young they didn't ever get to see the vastly superior original??
It genuinley bemuses me.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Tuesday 5th March 2019, 11:13am
  • England
  • 17,874 posts
Quote: Lazzard @ 5th March 2019, 10:08 AM

Do you think it's because it's taking the piss out of TV/Media and the (journos) don't want it to look like they don't get the joke? Or are they so young they didn't ever get to see the vastly superior original??
It genuinley bemuses me.

My sentiments exactly.

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Aaron

  • Tuesday 5th March 2019, 4:09pm [Edited]
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,742 posts
Quote: jsg @ 3rd March 2019, 10:53 PM

It got a lot of 5 star reviews, and most people really liked it. If that weren't the case you'd have a point

This is a case, yet again, of reviewers being far out of step with the public. It appears to have ended up being a show solely for the bubble.

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Steve Sunshine

  • Wednesday 6th March 2019, 12:12am [Edited]
  • Dagenham, England
  • 14,666 posts

I think it does improve with a second viewing though.
The unnoticed audience accident was funny if a little Hammy in its execution.

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jsg

  • Wednesday 6th March 2019, 8:43am
  • United Kingdom
  • 441 posts
Quote: Steve Sunshine @ 6th March 2019, 12:12 AM

I think it does improve with a second viewing though.

I found that as well, with both episodes so far. It's a bit too rich, and deceptively fast-paced, to notice everything first time

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Rood Eye

  • Wednesday 6th March 2019, 9:11am
  • England
  • 4,103 posts

Apparently, Episode one attracted 3.4 million viewers.

Episode two attracted barely 2 million.

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Teddy Paddalack

  • Wednesday 6th March 2019, 9:19am
  • Everton, England
  • 3,221 posts

The sad thing is that so many people wanted this to be good and they gave it more chances than most and it still fell on its arse.
The reason? AP fans know their character far too well to settle for this , most could have extrapolated a script from his hey day and come up with better one themselves.
Its a very strange feeling when you watch a show and you don't want to pan it and are left feeling you personally could have done more to 'Help ' it.
AP deserves better than this.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Wednesday 6th March 2019, 9:36am
  • England
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Quote: Teddy Paddalack @ 6th March 2019, 9:19 AM

The sad thing is that so many people wanted this to be good and they gave it more chances than most and it still fell on its arse.
The reason? AP fans know their character far too well to settle for this , most could have extrapolated a script from his hey day and come up with better one themselves.
Its a very strange feeling when you watch a show and you don't want to pan it and are left feeling you personally could have done more to 'Help ' it.
AP deserves better than this.

Couldn't have put it better. Were we all expecting too much?...............Nah, it simply wasn't funny - end of.

Don't think the girl is bringing much to the party either.

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Firkin

  • Wednesday 6th March 2019, 3:35pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 1,080 posts

Maybe the difference is in the setting. Alan in a Travel Lodge was more himself, more relatable. It was a three dimensional performance. In this he and his co-presenters are two dimensional, stilted. Too much of the comedy is about presenting , something the critics may find easier to relate to, but not so for Joe public.