Other Sellers on Amazon
+ £2.80 UK delivery
+ £2.80 UK delivery
I'm Alan Partridge: Series 1 [VHS] 
|You Save:||£13.82 (60%)|
A box set containing the entire first series chronicling former chat show star Alan Partridge's (Steve Coogan) attempts to rebuild his career after assaulting the BBC's Chief Commissioning editor with a frozen turkey. 'A Room With An Alan' finds him working as an early morning DJ on Norwich Radio and living at Linton Travel Tavern. That could all change, however, when Alan has a power lunch opportunity to put forward his ideas for a new series. In 'Alan Attraction', Alan seizes the chance for a Valentine's Day liaison with his Peartree Productions company receptionist. 'Watership Alan' sees Alan in deep water when he appears in a promotional film for a boating company after offending Norwich's entire farming community live on air. 'Basic Alan' sees Alan attempting to relax by strolling along the M11 when the Travel Tavern closes for refurbishment. In 'To Kill a Mocking Alan', Alan meets his psychotic number one fan after hosting an afternoon of chat at the Tavern. 'Towering Alan' sees Alan finally getting his chance of a comeback when the BBC's Chief Commissioning Editor dies in tragic circumstances.
Rebel Heart is a handsome four-part BBC drama, depicting the struggle for Irish independence that flared over Easter 1916 and eventually wrought the fateful partition of Ireland in 1921. The series generated controversy before it was transmitted. But then dramas about Irish history are always subjected to this kind of interrogation: Neil Jordan's Michael Collins revisited the same period, and caught similar flak.
Rebel Heart charts the coming of age of young Ernie Coyne (James D'Arcy), who defies his prosperous family to fight for Irish freedom at Dublin's GPO on April 24, 1916. The Rising founders as many Dubliners disdain the depleted rebels, whose socialist contingent is themselves scornful of their leader, priggish Padraic Pearse. Nevertheless Coyne learns to handle a pistol, acquits himself bravely, and emerges from prison to fall in with the emergent Sinn Fein and the plans of charismatic Michael Collins to "step up the war" against the British. Ernie's passion for dark-eyed Belfast republican Ita Feeney (Paloma Baeza) leads him to undertake missions in the "Black North", where he is terminally hardened by witnessing the police-sanctioned massacre of Ita's family. Eventually he must reckon with the prospect of partition, and the bitterness of a civil war that sets him at enmity with his old comrade Tom O'Toole (Vincent Regan).
In his celebrated novels (The Catastrophist and Overthrown by Strangers), Rebel Heart's screenwriter Ronan Bennett has shed light on Ireland from the unlikely vantages of Africa and Central America. Here, he's on home turf. With its photogenic cast, period sheen, and soaring theme by The Corrs, Rebel Heart is well mounted and thoughtful; though its more generic love-and-war aspects sometimes obscure Bennett's sharper insights into the hopes and discontents of Irish republicanism. --Danny McGavin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
The script is brilliant, particularly the moments when Alan Partridge's fascination with the, erm, more bizarre aspects of human life clash with his narrow and secluded view of the world. There isn't a bad episode amongst the six - and Watership Alan and To Kill A Mocking Alan are 2 of the funniest half hours ever to grace TV.
Even more importantly, the BBC seem to have finally got the hang of the DVD format - this one is brilliant, from the clever menus on both discs, through excellent commentaries, deleted scenes and so on on the second disc. The series alone would have been excellent value at the price - the added material just wraps it all up with a big bow.
Excellent stuff. Better than the second series? Who knows, who cares. When that's released it'll be in my collection as well as the first, and they should both be in yours too.
So you already know that "I'm Alan Partridge" is far superior to established classics like "Fawlty Towers" and "Blackadder," in that it shares with those programmes an absolutely fastidious attention to detail and density of jokes, but mixes in far more pathos and depth than they ever did. The only comparison has been, of course, David Brent in "The Office," which came later and also favours curling toes over laughing bellies, whereas Partridge blends the two to perfection.
The series was released on DVD before, but then withdrawn over the unauthorised inclusion of Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi." That was a blessing in disguise, as the BBC has now taken the opportunity to give "I'm Alan Partridge" the deluxe DVD treatment, a la "The Office" or "League of Gentlemen:" two discs, amusing menus, authentically hideous cover - the lot. Best of the extras are the deleted scenes (already seen on the VHS and first DVD), all of which seem to have been cut for time reasons alone and not quality: a particular moment of genius is Alan's other programme idea pitched at Tony Hayers over that legendary uneaten lunch, a perfect insight into the man's impoverished, flailing imagination: "A costume chat show with me as Samuel Pepys ... you could have John Thaw as Robespierre ... and Stephen Hawkings [sic] behind a curtain whispering clues through his voicebox...Read more ›
As a socially inept radio DJ working the graveyard shift at Radio Norwich, you see the 'real' AP. The man whose wife left him for a fitness instructor, the man living in a Linton Travel Tavern and the man without a second series of KMKYWAP.
Alan Partridge has so many depths; there are times when he is so brash and insensitive you just want to slap him - 'I'd like to dedicate this song to that lady over there... with orange hair... and a cigarette in her mouth'. But at the same time you grow to love him. It is rare to feel sympathy towards a television character, but AP seems so lifelike at times, it's almost impossible not to.
1. A Room with an Alan - Alan is refused a second series of KMKYWAP by Chief Commissioning Editor Tony Hayers. What was an amiable dinner quickly becomes a complete disaster for Alan, who ends up attacking Tony with a piece of cheese - 'Smell my cheese you mother!'
2. Alan Attraction - It's Valentine's Day, and Alan treats his new girlfriend Jill to a romantic trip to an owl sanctuary followed by an all you can eat Valentine's supper at the Travel Tavern. Included is a rendition of 'Close to You' and a great incident involving a chocolate mousse.
3. Watership Alan - Alan inadvertently insults a group of farmers on his radio show (something about an infected spinal column in a bap,) and ends up being trapped under a cow on a barge while filming an ad for trips to the Norfolk broads.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A laugh a minute with his political incorrectness and foot in mouth behaviour. Guaranteed to make you laugh and keep you watching.Published 1 month ago by carl bothamley
Partridge is without doubt Coogan at his very best. This cringe-worthy comic creation never fails to make me laugh over and over again. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr. R. Culshaw-lewis
Hilarious!! Watch this over and over...never fails to have me in stitches!Published 9 months ago by Ms. Claire E. Janssen