Alan Partridge On Open Books With Martin Bryce. Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions
Alan Partridge On Open Books With Martin Bryce

Alan Partridge On Open Books With Martin Bryce

  • TV sitcom
  • Sky Atlantic
  • 2012
  • 1 episode

Culture spoof in which Alan Partridge is interviewed in front of a local book club about his passion for books. Stars Steve Coogan, Robert Popper, Martin Glyn Murray and Tom Davis.

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Sky Atlantic
Steve Coogan, Robert Popper, Martin Glyn Murray and Tom Davis
Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons and Steve Coogan
Declan Lowney
Dave Lambert, Steve Coogan, Armando Iannucci, Henry Normal and Lucy Lumsden

Broadcaster, author and keen rambler Alan Partridge makes a welcome return to television screens as a special (replacement) guest on Open Books with Martin Bryce, hosted by Chris Beale. After the modest success of his previous book Bouncing Back (it was pulped due to poor sales), Alan returns to discuss his latest, tell-all tome, I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan - a book critics have hailed as "very thorough".

In fact, Alan himself describes his autobiography as the best book he's ever written and one of the best he's ever read - high praise indeed from a man who started reading aged a half.

The book charts Alan's rise from humble beginnings in a semi-detached house in a modest suburb of Norwich to TV superstardom, before ultimately establishing himself as one of the better DJs on local radio station North Norfolk Digital.

Unflinching and thoroughly gripping, the book doesn't shy away from difficult subjects, including a harrowing account of Alan's Toblerone addiction, and he is similarly candid in interview.

An accomplished chatter, Alan is only too keen to share the secrets of his craft, revealing details of his gruelling writing regime (1,500 words per day, usually with a bowl of hard-boiled eggs for sustenance), as well as his views on reading, writing and literature in general. Alan also reads some poignant extracts from the book, possibly delighting a studio audience who are themselves invited to put questions to Mr Partridge.

A truly absorbing interview that offers a rare insight into the mind of a man who clearly has had, and continues to have, the last laugh.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 2nd July 2012 at 9pm on Sky Atlantic
Episode length
1 hour
Most recent repeats
  • Monday 14th November 2016 at 9:00pm on Sky Atlantic
  • Thursday 1st January 2015 at 9:00pm on Sky Atlantic
  • Saturday 17th May 2014 at 11:50pm on Sky Atlantic

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