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July 22, 2019, 17:04:55 pm

This Time with Alan Partridge

Started by Matt2112, February 25, 2019, 23:12:21 pm

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Matt2112

First one of six tonight.


Thoughts?  Didn't seem to start off that promisingly, but from the brilliant gag where he thought he was talking over the phone line to a texter it got better.  Seems like it'll take a while to bed in and it's probably unlikely to be considered on a par with Knowing Me... and I'm Alan Partridge;  I've got a feeling repeat viewings may peel away some of the more subtle jokes such was the pace of the script.



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Slim

I only watched the first 15 minutes. I didn't much like it unfortunately.


I loved the books, loved the first sitcom format series and quite liked the second. The chat show format was brilliant. I liked Mid Morning Matters.


But 'This Time' seemed really cold and staged. There's a new dismal charmlessness about Alan which I found quite off-putting. Interestingly I had the same experience tuning into Dave Lee Travis on some local station a few years ago.

The Letter R

My recorder decided to not record the first episode so need to find it on iPlayer - number 2 recorded last night OK I think.


Matt2112

Second one a bit hit and miss again.  Where it did hit I was guffawing, and generally the more subtle jokes seem to work much better than the more "obvious" gags.

Overall, though, for me it certainly doesn't have the relentless hit-rate of the...yes, earlier, funnier stuff.
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Jonners

2 episodes in for me, wont be going for 3.
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döm

I'm really enjoying it. Alan is Alan, making his audience uncomfortable since the mid nineties.


The star for me is his side-kick on the sofa. Encapsulates the afternoon t  presenter to a tee
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rufus the dawg

Umm

He is aping "The one show" and "BBC breakfast show" and he is doing it brilliantly, somehow though I can not watch it.

I really enjoyed Warren with Martin Clunes in though.

Jonners

I genuinely think its impossible to top the series when he was holed up in the Travel Tavern. Absolute genius.

This new series just seems forced to me
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Neillwith2Ls

Yeah, the Linford Travel Tavern series was golden age Partridge. I didn't think Ep1 of 'This Time' really worked, but Ep2 I enjoyed a lot more. Will stick around for another week.
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Bez

Agree that its hit and miss, but there have been some laugh out loud moments that make the more "painful" parts watchable....

Sticking around for more (but have to be in the right mood)
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Matt2112

Quote from: Bez on March 13, 2019, 11:40:48 am
Agree that its hit and miss, but there have been some laugh out loud moments that make the more "painful" parts watchable....

Sticking around for more (but have to be in the right mood)



Very much agree.  The third seemed the weakest of the lot so far.  Such was the genius of the early radio shows, The Day Today, Knowing Me Knowing You and I'm Alan Partridge (as Jonners mentioned) they might have a bit of an albatross effect on this show, as it's nowhere near in the same league.


There is subtle, clever stuff for sure, and repeat viewings may reap rewards, but rightly or wrongly do I also sense some industry in-jokery going on..?  Dunno - suffice to say it's getting by with a fair bit of goodwill.
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döm

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Matt2112

Quote from: döm on March 19, 2019, 19:43:55 pm
TV gold!



I want to agree, but for me this is the weakest AP vehicle there is - though admittedly that's against an exceptional standard.
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döm

Quote from: Matt2112 on March 19, 2019, 19:53:20 pm

I want to agree, but for me this is the weakest AP vehicle there is - though admittedly that's against an exceptional standard.



Just loved his Irish doppelganger!
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DavidL

Quote from: Matt2112 on March 19, 2019, 19:53:20 pm

I want to agree, but for me this is the weakest AP vehicle there is - though admittedly that's against an exceptional standard.
Yes, for me too this is poor. There has to be a slight element of being able to believe in the situations but this is just too far-fetched. It's 'maximum Partridge' and misses the mark because of it.
Unlike the book (I, Partridge) which made me LOL every couple of pages!