As Alan hasn't got a second series he faces a difficult choice, get a smaller car or make everyone at Pear Tree Productions redundant. He has a date with Jill so it's time for a visit to the local Owl Sanctuary.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Barbara Durkin ...
Simon Greenall ...
Felicity Montagu ...
Julia Deakin ...
Colin Farrell ...
Bill Thomas ...
Louise Yates ...


Alan has failed to secure a second series but, too cowardly to tell the station staff, finds reasons to sack them instead. He does, however, keep on Jill, the flirtatious receptionist and, for a Valentine 's Day date, takes her to an owl sanctuary and then on to dinner at the hotel where he serenades her embarrassingly. They embark upon a night of passion but it does not go as planned, giving Alan an excuse to sack Jill as well. Written by don @ minifie-1

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10 November 1997 (UK)  »

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Longstanton Spice Museum does not actually exist and was made up purely for the purposes of this programme. There is however a "Long Stanton" in Cambridgeshire, which is maybe the location Alan refers to. See more »


[Alan is having his disturbing recurring daydream of himself as a male stripper]
Tony Hayers: I like your thong.
Alan Partridge: Yeah, it's vulcanised rubber, which means it won't perish.
[the distracted Alan returns to reality]
Jason: [putting a party hat on Alan's head] Wahey!
Alan Partridge: [startled, throwing the hat off] Bash your arse!
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References Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge (1994) See more »


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Performed by Steve Coogan
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"I don't recall saying that!"
11 August 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

As a consequence of his sacking by the B.B.C., Alan is forced to close down his production company - Peartree Productions. One of his staff is the sexy Jill ( Julia Deakin ) whom he fancies. Unable to tell her the bad news to her face, he takes her instead on a date to an owl sanctuary and then to a special romantic evening at the hotel. After dinner, they retreat back to his room with bowls of Chocolate Mousse...

Cracking second episode, with a lovely, funny performance from Julia Deakin ( around this time, she was also to be seen in David Croft's final sitcom 'Oh Dr.Beeching!' ). It gets off to a good start with Alan promoting Terry's Chocolate Oranges on air, before handing them out to the Tavern staff to try and make himself popular, and never lets up. Some of my favourite scenes in the series feature Alan and Susan ( Barbara Durkin ) at the reception desk. Alan cannot be funny to save his life, and his attempts to flirt with her are disastrous, coming across more like insults.

Funniest moment - Alan trying to amuse Jill at the owl sanctuary by first pretending to fart and then be a ghost.

Second funniest moment - Jill recreating the notoriously steamy film '9 and A Half Weeks' with the aid of chocolate mousse. The end result looks more like a dirty protest.

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