- 4th January: Fawlty Towers named comedians' favourite sitcom
- 1997 - 2002
- BBC Two
- 12 (2 series)
- Steve Coogan, Phil Cornwell, Barbara Durkin, Simon Greenall, Felicity Montagu, Sally Phillips, David Schneider, James Lance and others
- Peter Baynham, Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci
- Dominic Brigstocke, Tristram Shapeero and Armando Iannucci
- Armando Iannucci
After the cancellation of his disastrous television chat show, Knowing Me, Knowing You, we find the eponymous media personality clutching at the remaining straws of his career by hosting a mid-night phone-in talk show on local radio station Radio Norwich.
The first series finds Alan living in the Linton branch of Travel Tavern hotels, chosen because it is "equidistant between London and Norwich", frequently aggravating the long-suffering members of staff whilst scrabbling around for opportunities on BBC TV.
Come the second series, Alan has had a full mental breakdown, moved fully to Norfolk, and taken up residence in a caravan whilst he has a home built. He has a peculiar part-girlfriend, part-shameful secret relationship with an eastern European lady, Sonja, and whilst still delusional about his own capabilities and level of fame, is no longer plaguing BBC bosses.
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