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"That was another mid morning where mid-morning... mattered",
This review is from: Alan Partridge - Mid-Morning Matters [DVD] (DVD)
I stumbled upon this series purely by luck when it was originally released on Fosters' YouTube channel (sadly now removed so they can flog the DVD but check out their all-new Fast Show sketches before they take those down too). I also discovered that a couple of episodes are available on the FGW train carriages with in-built screens & found that despite repeat viewing & being in public, I still couldn't help but laugh out loud at every episode. If anything, the more I watched it, the more impressed I became with the subtlety of Coogan's performance.
The format is more like 'Knowing Me, Knowing You' than the later TV series & yet different enough to keep things fresh. It's webcam footage of Alan P. during his 'Norfolk... sorry, NORTH Norfolk' radio programme, having slid even further down the C-list celebrity pole since the last time he graced our screens. Here he has enough rope to hang himself countless times an episode, whether it's with banal chat ("say what you like about Billie Piper but she's the most popular prostitute on ITV"), failing to impress in a wine-tasting feature ("it tastes like Chewitts") or lusting after Anthea Turner ("the Ford Escort Cabriolet of middle-aged women"). Yet there's tremendous subtlety at work behind the outbreaks of foot-in-mouth. There's Alan's bullying of his co-host Sidekick Simon, which echoes what we're told about his relationship with his father. And his tragic attempt to impress a beautiful, much younger colleague is handled so deftly that it manages to be cringingly creepy & yet simultaneously poignant.
'MMM with AP' was originally released on the internet in 12x 11-minute episodes. On this DVD, they can either be watched in the original format or as 6 double episodes stuck together, which are closer to the length we're used to from TV programmes. There's also plenty of outtakes included. Because of the original 11 minute format, the writing is tight & as we've come to expect from Partridge, very, very funny. The change in format also makes it feel fresh & current, despite Partridge having been on our screens for almost 20 years. Along with his biography, this is the funniest Partridge material out there! I only wish there was more of it.
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Initial post: 12 Nov 2012 14:02:29 GMT
Gary James Taylor says:
I also watched these on youtube I thought they were funny. It`s good to see Alan in a different format to what we have seen previously.
Posted on 24 Feb 2013 18:31:52 GMT
John Smith says:
Great review, this series is a fantastic example of Coogan's satirical genius.
Posted on 20 Oct 2013 13:03:56 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Oct 2013 13:05:00 BDT
Mb Sherman says:
I was going to write my own review - but instead I`ll just comment on this one, as it says so much of what I want to say.
I read a comment on You Tube, that this is how Alan Partridge should be, without the need for unnecessary plots and extraneous characters. But, for me, the fact that the writers still actually manage to include those elements in these short "webisodes" is what makes it so wonderful. His sacking of "Sidekick Simon" comes when he realises that he is being mocked by the whole team; his failed attempt to seduce Simon`s beautiful, female replacement I actually found genuinely touching.It`s these human nuances of character that make Alan Partridge one of the greatest (THE greatest?) tragi-comic creations ever, and so much more than just a series of catch-phrases. And his politics may be right of centre, but he`s a whoolly liberal compared with the people you can read in the "Comments" section on the Mail Online.
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