Alan Partridge

The rise and fall of Turners at 69

The news that Richard Turner was suddenly closing his restaurant was shocking to everyone.<p>The Michelin-starred chef made the shock announcement over …

Restaurants

Ticket refunds demanded after Mike Read disastrously inteviews Chevy Chase onstage

Fans of Chevy Chase were left disgruntled on Sunday night after a rare stage appearance from the comedian was blighted by sound issues and stilted interviewing from broadcaster Mike Read.<p>People attending the one-off Hammersmith Eventim Apollo gig shared their ire on Twitter, complaining that Read …

Comedy

From Roseanne to Partridge: what happens when TV characters get political?

Loadsamoney was co-opted by Thatcher, Roseanne is a Trump fan and Partridge could be the new face of Brexit. But do fictional allegiances make any difference?<p>“Half the people voted for Trump,” said Roseanne Barr last week at the press launch for the 2018 revival of Roseanne, her classic sitcom …

TV

Nigel Farage is right ... we need a second EU referendum

Although he later backtracked, Mail Opinion agreed with Farage (for the first and probably last time) when he said he was "maybe" coming round to the …

Referendums

10 TV shows to watch in 2018

From Patrick Melrose to Alan Partridge<p>A Very English Scandal<p>Hugh Grant plays Jeremy Thorpe in Russell T Davies’s dramatisation of the explosive story behind the Liberal MP’s trial on charges of conspiring to murder his ex-lover, Norman Scott. Ben Wishaw co-stars as Scott. <i>BBC One, TBC</i><p>Patrick …

TV

Comment: Many ‘ifs’ for FAI to deal with as Martin O’Neill enters Stoke talks with heir apparent Roy Keane set to follow him

Now it looks like someone else will have to head up the FAI delegation to Switzerland for the draw for the UEFA Nations League in less than two …

Soccer

Ben Stiller is a master of British comedy

Stiller stands apart from his compatriots by understanding how to turn inner tragedy into comedic triumph<p>For filmgoers of a certain generation, who …

Middle Age

Little boy's reaction to abandoned Christmas tree leaves radio star in tears

Christmas is over and abandoned trees line the pavements of Britain.<p>Our decorations are back in the loft, fairy lights tangled and stored away in …

Judi Dench

An Interview with Kelvin Eldon, That Guy from Every British Comedy You Love

We managed to convince the comedian to do a very rare interview with us.<p>Look at the history of truly great British comedy over the years and there's one man who ties a huge amount of it together. He’s not always the writer, director, creator or even lead actor, but his presence – however odd or …

Steve Coogan

Alan Partridge's 25 Funniest Moments

<i>Jurassic Park</i>! Norwich's favourite fictional son, Alan Gordon Partridge, just celebrated his 25th anniversary. Incredibly, Steve Coogan has been playing the <i>faux pas</i>-prone DJ, author and Abba enthusiast for a full quarter of a century. (Longer if you count his earliest radio incarnation.)<p>The …

UK National Parks

Celebrity Big Brother: Emma Willis welcomes the men to the house

Ripped skirts, Dapper Laughs and 30 minutes of Will and Grace crowbarred in two thirds of the way through. There had never been a Celebrity Big Brother episode like it – and that’s before you even consider the mascara splodge of fake feminism the producers had laid on top as misanthropic …

TV

Jose Mourinho Dismisses Comparisons to Alan Partridge & Insists He's Happy Living in Lowry Hotel

Jose Mourinho has dismissed the notion of him living as a real life Alan Partridge, having a solitary and miserable life in a charmless hotel.<p>Jose …

Sports

Jose Mourinho dismisses Alan Partridge comparisons and insists Lowry hotel suits Man United boss' "lazy" lifestyle

Jose Mourinho has dismissed the notion of him as a modern-day Alan Partridge, living a solitary and miserable existence in a charmless …

Manchester

Most enjoyable stat you'll see this week

No wonder Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho looks so grumpy these days.<p>366 – Jose Mourinho has now spent twice as long living in Manchester's Lowry Hotel …

British Humour

A Flight of the Conchords disco night is coming to London

If you've just realised you ate far too much for Christmas and need to shed a few pounds (with added laughter), here's some fabulous news: on …

East London

TV shows to look forward to in 2018

The world may be going to pot, but at least we’ve got some decent TV, right? From Alan Partridge’s triumphant return to the BBC, to the final hurrah …

TV

Wolves 3 Brentford 0 – player ratings

Wolves correspondent Tim Spiers rates the players after a comfortable 3-0 win over Brentford.

Birmingham, UK

The week in TV: Little Women, The Miniaturist, Eric, Ernie and Me and more

Heidi Thomas staged a fine sister act, Jessie Burton’s Dutch master was magical, and a terrific docudrama brought Morecambe and Wise back to life<p><b>Little Women</b> (BBC1) | iPlayer<b><br>The Miniaturist</b> (BBC1) | iPlayer<b><br>Eric, Ernie and Me</b> (BBC4) | iPlayer<b><br>Alan Partridge: Why, When, Where, How and Whom?</b> (BBC2) | …

Books

This house for sale in Cork, Ireland has gone viral because the neighbour's garden is something else

This house for sale is doing the rounds on Twitter – nothing wrong with the house – but the garden next door is a bit OMG:<p><b>Let’s take a look shall</b> …

Viral

Christmas TV round-up: the year women ruled the airwaves

This was the Christmas when the #MeToo movement left a gaping hole in the TV schedules and, fittingly, it was filled by women.<p>For the past two years, the BBC has run a flagship Agatha Christie whodunit – skilfully scripted by playwright Sarah Phelps, sumptuously produced by Mammoth Screen (makers …

Agatha Christie

‘The Thick Of It’ isn’t coming back to TV despite Peter Capaldi’s exit from ‘Doctor Who’

Armando Iannucci shuts down our hopes<p>Peter Capaldi left <i>Doctor Who</i> on Christmas Day when his Doctor regenerated into Jodie Whittaker, but that hasn’t …

TV Series

Alan Partridge: Why, When, Where, How and Whom? review – Aha! Alan's back on the Beeb

A celebratory look at the 25-year career of Steve Coogan’s creation revels in the pathos behind the sports-casual wear. Also: Turtle, Eagle, Cheetah: a Slow Odyssey is great – once you adjust to the pace<p>Alan Partridge was never of his time. Steve Coogan was in his 20s when he started playing the …

Steve Coogan

Dave Diebold: 'If this was a final goodbye to Alan Partridge, it couldn’t have been a better one'

But then plenty of TV’s comic actors have managed to win our hearts with on-screen character creations that have been tactless and inept, from Basil …

News (Ireland)

BBC iPlayer - Alan Partridge: Why, When, Where, How and Whom?

It has been a quarter of a century since a little-known sports reporter was given his own radio chat show by the BBC. Two radio series, five TV series, four specials, two books and one movie later, Alan Partridge has an unrivalled place in the comedy pantheon. To celebrate Alan's return to his …

TV

Thursday’s best TV: Attenborough and the Empire of the Ants

Sir David has spectacular footage of wood ants in the Jura mountains in France, plus a look at why fidget spinners and unicorns were such big business in 2017<p><b>Attenborough and the Empire of the Ants</b><br>9.30pm, BBC Two<p>In the Jura mountains of France, there are colonies of wood ants with a powerful New …

TV

What's on: TV highlights for Thursday

<b>Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, BBC Two, 11.30pm</b><p>Following Wednesday night's fun look back at the Partridge phenomenon on Beeb Two, here's a another …

News (Ireland)

The best of the year's TV - stand out series, shows, and moments of 2017

As is now customary, 2017 was a year in which there was far too much telly. Really, even for the most devoted couch-potato, there’s just oceans of …

TV

Alan Partridge: Why, When, Where, How and Whom? – this documentary proved Partridge is more relevant than ever

Alan Partridge will return to the BBC for a new series next year, his first since the final episode of I’m Alan Partridge, in 2002. By then he had started to become a burden on his creator, Steve Coogan, who more or less set the character aside for years while he focussed on other work. Eventually …

TV

Jurassic Park! 12 classic Alan Partridge moments from traffic cones to Monkey Tennis

Alan Partridge fans rejoice! The TV legend has finally been granted another series by the BBC (following his brief dalliance with Sky), and will be …

TV

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, review: 'big and brash'

<i>This film review was originally published on 24 July 2013</i><p>The accepted formula for turning sitcoms into films is to go bigger and brasher, ideally while taking the cast on a foreign holiday. Two summers ago, The Inbetweeners Movie followed this method to the letter, with resounding financial …

Steve Coogan