- 1997 - 2002
- BBC Two
- 12 (2 series)
- Steve Coogan, Felicity Montagu, Simon Greenall, Phil Cornwell, James Lance, Sally Phillips, Barbara Durkin, David Schneider and others
- Steve Coogan, Peter Baynham 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 midnight phone-in talk show on local station Radio Norwich.
The first series finds Alan living in the Linton branch of the Travel Tavern hotels chain, 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 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.
- Production company
- Laugh track
- Live audience
- First broadcast
- Monday 3rd November 1997 on BBC Two at 10pm
- Last new broadcast
- Monday 16th December 2002 on BBC Two at 10pm
- Length of episodes
- 30 minutes
- Last repeat
- Thursday 4th March 2021 at 12:15am on Gold