I'm Alan Partridge: Season 1, Episode 1

A Room with an Alan (3 Nov. 1997)

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With his chat show and his marriage both over Alan is now living at the Linton Travel Lodge and DJing on the early show for Radio Norwich. He is desperate for a second series - so desperate... See full summary »


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With his chat show and his marriage both over Alan is now living at the Linton Travel Lodge and DJing on the early show for Radio Norwich. He is desperate for a second series - so desperate he sees himself as lap-dancing for BBC controller Tony Hayers - but when he is told that no series will be forth-coming he attacks Hayers with a lump of cheese. He returns to his hotel room and, after a heart-to-heart with his devoted assistant Lynn, injures himself going for the mini-bar. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Paul McCartney allowed his music to be used because he is a Steve Coogan fan, and agreed to it after coming backstage at one of Coogan's comedy shows. See more »


When Alan returns to the living room after using the toilet, a crew member and cables on the floor are clearly visible on the left side of the screen as he puts his jacket on. See more »


[Alan is having lunch with Tony Hayers, a senior BBC executive]
Alan Partridge: [raising his wine glass] Here's to our future relationship at the BBC.
[Tony hasn't been poured any wine yet, so Alan just clinks his empty glass on the table]
Tony Hayers: [smiling amiably] You know, I don't think you should see your future just at the BBC, Alan. I just think it's time for you to consider moving on to new pastures.
Alan Partridge: Have I got a second series?
Tony Hayers: There's so many opportunities for a man...
Alan Partridge: [interrupting] Actually, let-let-let me ...
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References Shoestring (1979) See more »


Written by Paul McCartney and 'Linda McCartney'
Performed by Denny Laine
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"Smell my cheese!"
10 August 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Top-drawer B.B.C. comedy from the '90's.

Alan Partridge ( Steve Coogan ), disc jockey for 'Radio Norwich', is due to meet Tony Hayers ( David Schneider ), the new Controller of Programmes, to discuss his future. Hayers is reputed to favour a 'new broom' approach. Over lunch, he tells Partridge he will not get a second season of his chat show as he has a track record for making mostly bad programmes ( that's never stopped anyone before! ) and with small ratings to boot. Alan goes into shock. He had earlier that day bought a house. Unable to handle the news, he runs out of the restaurant, a smelly cheese on his fork...

This was the third series to feature the big-headed 'Partridge', the first two being 'The Day Today' and 'Knowing Me Knowing You With Alan Partridge'. The first was a spoof news show, the second a spoof chat show, here a more down-to-earth sitcom format was used. It works well because a) the scripts by Peter Baynham, Coogan and Armando Ianucci are first-rate and b) the supporting cast are too, particularly Felicity Montagu as 'Lynn', Alan's frumpy P.A., and Sally Phillips as the giggling receptionist 'Sophie' ( the Linton Travel Tavern was the setting for most of Season 1 ). Alan is prone to 'Billy Liar' style fantasies in which he, clad in leather under pants, dances on stage, sometimes with Hayers in the audience.

There was one bad note of continuity; at the end of 'Knowing Me Knowing Yule With Alan Partidge', Hayers sacked Alan live on air, but here it has not happened.

Funniest moment - Alan's daft ideas for programmes. "Arm Wrestling With Chas & Dave? Inner City Sumo?" ( is Alan currently working at Channel 4? )

Second funniest moment - Alan driving a car covered in the following graffiti - 'C**k, P**s, Partridge'.

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