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Alan Partridge is the hilariously unprofessional host of the cheesiest talk show imaginable. Self-absorbed and further handicapped with an ABBA fixation, Alan confronts an endless parade of C-list celebrities week after week with mounting frustration and antagonism. For anyone whoever lost the remote control during an inane talk show, Knowing Me Knowing You delivers the "Scen We'd Like to See." This two-disc DVD set includes all 6 episodes of the series, as well as Christmas Special "Knowing Me Knowing Yule."]]>
Steve Coogan's creation fell on hard times later, but here he's reveling in his primetime exposure with no thought of becoming "clinically sad" or gorging on Toblerone bars. Co-writers Armando Iannucci and Patrick Marber lovingly re-create everything that's fake and contrived about the whole chat-show genre: the shameless plugging, the recalcitrant celebs, the novelty acts and, most of all, the insufferably smug host oblivious to his own tediousness. Coogan's regular guests are ably played by some faces familiar from The Day Today: Rebecca Front, Doon MacKichan, David Schneider and Patrick Marber himself. Other game guest stars are John Thomson (as a naval officer also called Alan Partridge) and Minnie Driver (as a transsexual agony aunt), not forgetting Steve Brown as disconcertingly gay music director Glen Ponder.
The high-water mark of Alan's career arrived with his Christmas special Knowing Me, Knowing Yule in which his own living room was lovingly re-created at Television Centre. Unfortunately, and despite the presence of Simply Red's Mick Hucknall, the new Chief Commissioning Editor of BBC TV, Tony Hayers, is deeply unimpressed with the show and gets punched in the face by Alan, who, it turns out, is handy with a turkey. On that bombshell, Alan's career took a downward turn.
Knowing Me, Knowing You is a two-DVD set including all six episodes and the Christmas special. There's a group commentary throughout with contributions from Armando Iannucci plus Patrick Marber, Rebecca Front, Steve Brown and Dave Schneider speaking in and out of character. Other extras include the original pilot show, Alan on Comic Relief, Alan's rural rambles, his TV trailers, plus stills and cast biographies. --Mark Walker
I just love Steve Coogan in all his movies, he is a Nutter but like his stuff
recommend it highly if you are an Anglophile like me
Ensemble are superbe, playing all kinds of typical talk show guests. The one where they go to France is priceless. I wish they had made more of these. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Suzalily
Given how willfully unbearable the character is, this wears very well, even after all this time, even in a binge viewing. Read morePublished 23 months ago by celinedion
I knocked off one star because of the DVD itself. I have to go through all the commercials for BBC America, etcetera before I can watch the episodes. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Kevin F. Boyle
I wanted to love this because Steve Coogan is clever and hilarious in Saxondale. This character doesn't tickle my funny-bone. More Keanu Reeves may have helped.Published on April 3, 2013 by sheil kafi
Love the guy. Very funny. You have to have a true and dry British sense of humor to enjoy this to the max. Worth it!Published on February 6, 2013 by MauiLife
When British comedy is on, it is on. This is one of the funniest satires I have ever seen.Published on December 8, 2010 by Adrienne