Series 2, Episode 1 - Foxhunter + Radio Play
Norfolk's favourite... well, North Norfolk's favourite regional, non-drivetime radio presenter returns to the airwaves, as Alan Partridge brings you all the important news, gripping debates, and generally accurate traffic information of the day, along with a healthy dose of top quality banter.
Even with Alan's many talents, he can't present such an entertaining and informative show alone, so it's good news to hear Sidekick Simon has officially been rehired and is back to fulfil his sidekick duties (on a probationary basis).
We rejoin Alan as he covers hard-hitting topics such as Jimmy Saville and corner shops that unscrupulously sell multipack cans of fizzy drinks, before he invites a member of the North Norfolk Hunt into the studio for a compelling debate on fox hunting.
Can the traditionally pro-Countryside Alliance Partridge impartially present a robust argument for animal rights activists? More to the point, who are more efficient hunters: the North Norfolk Hunt or Alan's LazerQuest team?
Alan Partridge says: "The screening of Mid Morning Matters on Sky Atlantic sees the coming together of two powerful ideas: 'Believe in Better' (Sky) and 'Be the Best' (Alan Partridge). Two compelling brands with two equally valid mission statements, although if we're being honest 'believing in better' isn't as impressive as 'being the best'. ('Being' feels more emphatic than just 'believing' while the 'best' is by definition one up from 'better'). I'm not going to get into a debate about it though. That's part of what 'being the best' is. Thank you for your time and I urge you to enjoy the series."
- Tuesday 16th February 2016
- Sky Atlantic
- 30 minutes
Show past repeats
|Thursday 18th February 2016||10:35pm||Sky Atlantic|
|Friday 13th May 2016||9:00pm||Sky Atlantic|
|Friday 19th August 2016||10:00pm||BBC1|
|Monday 13th February 2017||9:00pm||Sky Atlantic|
|Monday 13th November 2017||9:00pm||Sky Atlantic|
|Thursday 22nd November 2018||9:00pm||Sky Atlantic|
|Monday 29th July 2019||2:10am||Sky Atlantic|
Cast & crew
|Steve Coogan||Alan Partridge|
|Tim Key||Sidekick Simon|
|Nicholas Jones||Cecil Croom-Phillips|
|Simon Greenall||Caller (Voice)|
|Rufus Jones||Partridge Playhouse Player (Voice)|
|Mark Gatiss||Partridge Playhouse Player (Voice)|
|Doon Mackichan||Partridge Playhouse Player (Voice)|
|John Sessions||Partridge Playhouse Player (Voice)|
|Dan Skinner||Caller (Voice)|
|Julia Deakin||Caller (Voice)|
|Henry Normal||Executive Producer|
|Steve Coogan||Executive Producer|
|Lucy Lumsden||Executive Producer|
|David Ferris||Production Designer|
I was a little disappointed at first when I watched Alan Partridge's new series on Sky Atlantic, but for a while I couldn't work out why. Everything seemed to be in place, from the foot-in-mouth soundbites to Sidekick Simon to the terrible midde-aged clothes to the feeble attempts to appear down with the North Norfolk Digital kids.
Then I realised what the problem was. The Alpha Papa film was so brilliant at opening up Alan and giving him more space to breathe and make a sad twat of himself that suddenly this radio studio-based version doesn't work quite so well. I wanted Alan to be out on the road miming along to Roachford's Cuddly Toy, not quizzing posh foxhunter Sir Cecil Crooms-Phillips.Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 18th February 2016
The magnificent Mid Morning Matters returns, with north Norfolk's favourite digital radio host, Alan Partridge, in the finest of fettle. The station has a new boss; Alan has a new "bird" (in Angela, making for some pleasing continuity from the Alpha Papa film); and he's even flexing his muscles in the realm of radio drama. Alan and Sidekick Simon also welcome Sir Cecil Phillips, the leader of the controversial North Norfolk Hunt, into the booth. It is perfection.Ben Arnold, The Guardian, 16th February 2016
More like series of sketches, but it works.Daisy Wyatt, The Independent, 16th February 2016
"Jesus Christ. Margaret Thatcher. Denis Thatcher. Carol Thatcher. And... hmmm... Mark Thatcher." Yes, Alan Partridge was back and listing his dream dinner party guests. Less of an eclectic line-up, more of a family kitchen supper with a couple of gatecrashers.Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 16th February 2016