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Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge - The Complete Series

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Knowing Me Knowing You..with Alan Partridge: The Complete Series (DVD)

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."

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Ah-ha! In 1995, Alan Partridge made the transition from radio to TV with Knowing Me, Knowing You, a talk show so wholly misunderstood that one TV critic described it as "moribund." By way of rebuttal, just consider Alan's parade of fantastic guests, including a hypnotist who persuades Alan that he's an owl; an American pop diva with whom Alan shares a memorable Abba duet that happens to be in all the wrong keys for him; raunchy male dance-act Hot Pants; Cirque des Clowns, whose extreme violence upsets Alan; and, most exciting of all, Roger Moore (via mobile phone from a traffic jam on the Chiswick roundabout).

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


Special Features

Additional Scenes: Never-before-seen footage Audio Commentary: Cast and writers' commentaries Biographies: Cast and crew biographies Other: Alan Aid (from Comic Relief '95)
Ruralan (Alan Partridge's Country Ramble)
Originalan (Untransmitted test footage 4/14/94) Additional Scenes: Never-before-seen footage Audio Commentary: Cast and writers' commentaries Biographies: Cast and crew biographies Other: Alan Aid (from Comic Relief '95)
Ruralan (Alan Partridge's Country Ramble)
Originalan (Untransmitted test footage 4/14/94) Additional Scenes: Never-before-seen footage Audio Commentary: Cast and writers' commentaries Biographies: Cast and crew biographies Other: Alan Aid (from Comic Relief '95)
Ruralan (Alan Partridge's Country Ramble)
Originalan (Untransmitted test footage 4/14/94) Additional Scenes: Never-before-seen footage Audio Commentary: Cast and writers' commentaries Biographies: Cast and crew biographies Other: Alan Aid (from Comic Relief '95)
Ruralan (Alan Partridge's Country Ramble)
Originalan (Untransmitted test footage 4/14/94) Additional Scenes: Never-before-seen footage Audio Commentary: Cast and writers' commentaries Biographies: Cast and crew biographies Other: Alan Aid (from Comic Relief '95)
Ruralan (Alan Partridge's Country Ramble)
Originalan (Untransmitted test footage 4/14/94) Additional Scenes: Never-before-seen footage Audio Commentary: Cast and writers' commentaries Biographies: Cast and crew biographies Other: Alan Aid (from Comic Relief '95)
Ruralan (Alan Partridge's Country Ramble)
Originalan (Untransmitted test footage 4/14/94) Additional Scenes: Never-before-seen footage Audio Commentary: Cast and writers' commentaries Biographies: Cast and crew biographies Other: Alan Aid (from Comic Relief '95)
Ruralan (Alan Partridge's Country Ramble)
Originalan (Untransmitted test footage 4/14/94) Additional Scenes: Never-before-seen footage Audio Commentary: Cast and writers' commentaries Biographies: Cast and crew biographies Other: Alan Aid (from Comic Relief '95)
Ruralan (Alan Partridge's Country Ramble)
Originalan (Untransmitted test footage 4/14/94)

Product Details

  • Actors: Steve Coogan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BBC Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 247 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009RQRF6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,015 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Before The Office made uncomfortable humour hip again, Knowing Me Knowing You was on British TV and quickly developed a cult following-enough to spawn several additional series and a one-off special. The show was created by talented comedian Steve Coogan for a BBC Radio 4 comedy show called On the Hour in 1993. This was successful enough to spawn Knowing Me in 1994 as Coogan and co-writer Armando Iannucci skewer British talk shows with its hopelessly inept host, Alan Partridge (Coogan). Like The Office's David Brent, Alan is a legend in his own mind. He's also an arrogant git who is useless at hosting a chat show.

Most people know Steve Coogan from either 24 Hour Party People or Coffee and Cigarettes-or, heaven forbid, Around the World in 80 Days-but his claim to fame in England came from Knowing Me. He is perfect as the selfish, self-absorbed Alan. Unlike David Brent, there is little redeemable about Alan but Coogan does give him a shred of sympathy and maybe even pathos. Coogan looks the part with his shellacked helmet of hair and has all of the chat show host mannerisms down cold. Alan wants desperately to be a big time talk show host but is unable to get any celebrities to come on and is therefore doomed to the margins. He is hopelessly and terminally unhip but doesn't seem to ever realize this fact. In some respects Alan is Rupert Pupkin from The King of Comedy if Scorsese had decided to make a TV show spin-off.

Some of the best moments of Knowing Me come when Alan loses his cool, like when Roger Moore fails to show up and the talk show host unleashes all of his frustrations on his guests after they complain and criticize him. Knowing Me is the kind of talk show we'd all like to see.
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Partridge is hysterical wherever he appears, and while I agree that KMKY isn't quite up to the hysteria of the later "I'm Alan Partridge", it's still superb. From eating the testicles of a bull to accidentally blowing away a guest with an antique pistol, Alan is constantly out of his depth and completely unaware of it. I've loved this programme since it first came out, I just wish Steve Coogan would revisit the character more often rather than appear in crap Disney movies. Alan Partridge is the man you love to hate, and nobody does it better than Steve Coogan. A-HA!
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The reviewer, whom Virginia Bottomly described as 'that little turd' , has shown his alleged age. This series is ball-bouncingly funny and so successful in skewering the then-and-now trend for allowing no-talents to host their own shows, and fill them with mindless, untalented guests. Alan Partridge is the fore runner to characters such as David Brent in 'The Office', and Larry Saunders in 'the Larry Saunders show (Alan Partridge radio 4 show pre-dates LS by several years, fact fans). This series also sets up what might be the funniest sit-com in British TV - 'I'm Alan Partridge'. As for Marber and Co. Well they helped write it, and appear in the commentary. You little arse - go play with your batmobile.
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By Chris on August 24, 2005
There's no reason why Alan Partridge couldn't have been as popular in the US as "The Office"...however, BBCAmerica insists on burying the show in late-night, so it remains a cult favorite. This DVD has the talk show "Knowing Me, Knowing You" which isn't quite as good as the later sitcom "I'm Alan Partridge" but it's still brilliant. Partridge (played by Steve Coogan) is a great character, completely obnoxious, but you can't help but cheer for him as he annoys his guests until they beat him up. This set has the 6 episodes of the show, a Christmas special, and lots of extras, like commentary and extended episodes. If you like modern British comedy like the Office/Little Britain/etc, you should pick this up (even if you haven't seen it due to BBCAmerica's bad scheduling). It's worth paying 20 bucks to see something decent on TV.
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"Whenever you hear the word A-HA, you will become a little scary monster!"

This is one of countless classic moments in this hilarious series which showcases the further broadcasting adventures of the Alan Partridge character. KMKY combines a wickedly hilarious script, superb comical acting and a knack for making the viewer feel silly, uncomfortable and ready to burst with spontaneous fits of laughter all at once.

I watched one episode of this series on BBC America and instantly became hooked. Having watched several cheesy talk shows in my time it was refreshing to watch a character like Partridge successfully spoof the genre as a whole. Steve Coogan's portrayal of Partridge is performed with a whole-hearted dose of comical cheese, ignorance, stubborness and cluelessness. From his silly grin and 70's sportscaster wardrobe to his plastic like hairdo, Partridge epitomizes, again, the schmaltzy "I think I'm larger than life" attitude of all the Regis Philbins, Geraldo Riveras and Jerry Springers put together.

Lots of great extras are included on this 2 DVD set, including a test pilot which is every bit as funny as the series itself and the KMKY Christmas Special.

After KMKY ended the Alan Partridge character continued in a series of his own (which also airs on BBC America) called "I'm Alan Partridge." Hopefully the BBC will give that series a proper DVD release in North America as well so those of us across the pond can fully enjoy the genius of Coogan's comical mind.

And on that bombshell......
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