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Best Alan Partridge moments
1. Sunday, bloody Sunday!
Steve Coogan has Irish roots so we guess it's okay for him to joke about U2's song that's based on The Troubles in Northern Ireland. For him the lyrics "really encapsulate the frustration of a Sunday." "You wake up in the morning, you've got to read all the Sunday papers, the kids are running round, you've got to mow the lawn, wash the car, and you think "Sunday, bloody Sunday!"
From the episode: To Kill A Mocking Alan
2. Lynn, I’ve pierced my foot on a spiiiike
Alan has a big job. He's the host of the 'Dante’s of Reading' fireplace conference at a posh club house. The problem is, he's annoyed one of the security guards so can't get in. Not content with being left outside he decides to climb a fence and impales himself on a spiiike. The speech afterwards is typically wince-inducing.
From the episode: The Colour Of Alan
3. Monkey Tennis?
“Arm-wrestling with Chas and Dave”, “youth-hostelling with Chris Eubank” and of course “inner-city Sumo” are all suggested but to no avail. Then comes the pièce de résistance, as a flustered Alan jabs his fork into a big block of cheese and offers Tony a smell. When Tony refuses, Alan thrusts it into his face and utters the unforgettable line “smell my cheese you mother!”
From: Room With An Alan
4. “DAN! DAN! DAN!”
This episode from the legendary Steve Coogan show will live in the hallowed halls of British sitcom history because of Alan’s utterly deranged and maniacal screaming, before nonchalantly saying: “He’s not seen me. I’ll get him later.” Astounding.
From the episode Brave Alan
5. You’re a mentalist!
One of two scenes from To Kill A Mocking Alan in this list. Alan, trying to please two TV executives, tries to put on a live Sunday afternoon version of his TV show. To seal the deal, he takes them to his 'home' which isn't actually his home but that of Jed, his biggest fan. Jed has created a shrine of Partridge which includes a body tattoo of his face and for some reason that puts the execs off.
From the episode: To Kill A Mocking Alan
6. Jurassic Park!
With BBC commissioner Tony Hayers now dead, Alan chooses his funeral to try and get into the good books with his replacement - it's his only way out of the Linton Travel Tavern, so he's determined to get something commissioned. Does it work? Well, kind of. He gets a £200k a year job - all he needs is a signature and, well, the rest is history.
From the episode: Towering Alan
7. Stop Getting Bond Wrong
What do you do when someone tapes over The Spy Who Loved Me and you are trying to get through all of the Bond movies on a Bank Holiday weekend? Well, you act it out of course, complete with humming the theme tune.
From the episode: Never Say Alan Again
8. Liquid football!
Alan Partridge's World Cup Countdown to 1994 takes us through some fantastic football clips with his own unique commentary. "That was a goal". "Twat". "Liquid football". "He must have a foot like a traction engine". "Eat My Goal". So many catchphrases from around 90 seconds of amazing TV.
From The Day Today
9. You are nothing!
Mid-Morning Matters is Partridge gold but wasn't watched by many when it aired on Sky. You should check it out, though, especially for this moment when his radio team prank him pretending to be the tax man. Tim Key gets it in the neck the most, with Partridge saying: "Never ever ever ever ever ever ever do something like that again. You are nothing, while I... am Alan Partridge."
From Mid Morning Matters
10. Interviewing the mayor of Manchester while high
Alan takes an "ecstasy pellet" in this episode which sees him chatting amiably with some youths for most of the night about Lewis Hamilton. "I was still on the dance floor at 8am this morning, at 10 o'clock I had a meeting with the mayor," says the voice over. And then we see a sweaty Alan try and stay composed through the interview whilst grinding his teeth.
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