26 June 2012 1:49 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Alan Partridge and Veep were hilarious but why show them both on the same evening?

You wait weeks for one decent comedy show to come along and then three turn up on the same night and same channel. First up was Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life (Sky Atlantic). By rights, Alan Partridge should have been dead as a character years ago, the last drops of humour long since wrung out of the local radio presenter from Norwich, but Steve Coogan keeps finding ways to make him feel fresh.

It's not so much a reinvention as a layering process. Coogan knows we know Partridge, so he doesn't waste time or insult his audience by writing unnecessary scenes to re-establish his character: rather it feels as if we are starting where we last left off and the pleasure comes from Partridge continuing to reveal more of himself than he actually intended. »

- John Crace

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