1 9 9 7 – 2 0 0 2 (UK)
13 x 30 minute episodes
Fallen TV chat show host Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) has been ejected by his wife and banished from the BBC and now lives at the Linton Travel Tavern – a motel on the outskirts of Norwich.
Desperate to reignite his career (during a disastrous lunch with his former boss, Partridge fires out increasingly unlikely programme suggestions, including Monkey Tennis, which has passed into critical language as shorthand for trash TV), his only link to former glories is presenting a graveyard slot on Radio Norwich.
The tactless buffoon’s only ‘friends’ are his downtrodden PA, Lynn (Felicity Montagu), Geordie hotel worker/pump attendant Michael (Simon Greenall) and, later, Ukrainian girlfriend Sonja (Amelia Bullmore).