The two programs on this DVD - The Places of my Life, and Open Books, were originally shown on Sky Atlantic. Being a massive fan of Alan, but not a subscriber to Sky, these were both new to me on this DVD.
The first, The Places of my Life, sees Alan presenting a documentary based on the places that have meant most to him in and around Norfolk. This is 'classic' Partridge, if such a thing can be said to exist. There's excruciating interviews (with a swimming instructor in the local swimming pool, whilst Alan tries to stay afloat - quite literally 'liquid Partridge'), embarrassing situations (selling veg on a market stall to try to prove that it's as easy as it looks), over-the-top product placement as Alan test drives a car, and a hilarious sequence where Alan starts off by recounting a particularly controversial meeting of Norwich City Council, that ends up taking a somewhat, ahem, right-wing twist.
If the DVD carried on in a similar vein, then I would have given it five stars. Unfortunately, the second part of the DVD, Alan being interviewed about his autobiography on a book program, isn't quite as funny. There's still many of the cringeworthy moments in which Partridge specialises, mainly around the obvious bitterness of the program host who is interviewing Alan that he himself failed as an author, and there's much hilarity resulting from Alan's confusion regarding identical twins in the audience. However, it just doesn't seem to gel as well as other Partridge programmes.
Despite this, it's still an excellent addition to the Partridge canon, and an improvement on the recent Mid Morning Matters, which itself was slightly limited by being set purely in a single radio studio. Recommended, and I await the forthcoming movie with eagerness, and some trepidation at how Alan will humiliate himself next.