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This review is from: I'm Alan Partridge : Complete BBC Series 1  [DVD] (DVD)
A long overdue DVD release of Alan's finest series which co-incides with his new run on BBC2, 'I'm Alan Partridge' has entered comedy folklore as one of the century's best sitcoms. Banished from national television and at an all time low (his wife has left him for a fitness instructor, he's been living in a 'Travel Tavern' for over 100 days), Alan has nothing left to lose. The hellish motorway motel is the perfect setting for a razor-sharp series which will have you rolling on the floor as Alan bounces from humiliation to humiliation. Such is the brilliance of Steve Coogan's character that you can't even empathise with him - he has no understanding of how people react to him, and in many ways is a forerunner to Ricky Gervais' equally loathable David Brent.
What really makes this work, however, is the fine ensemble cast who are allowed to grab the limelight and become the centre of the action. Similarly, the action is just the right side of believable to make it excruciatingly painful viewing - note Alan's lunch with the BBC Head of Programmes - and his final descent into extraordinary measures to win his career back.
I'm Alan Partridge is British comedy at its finest - and without a single duff episode, this DVD is an essential purchase. No doubt Jed Maxwell (Alan's self-procalimed biggest fan) will be first in the queue.