Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge (TV series)

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Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge
Knowing Me Knowing You titlescreen.jpg
Knowing Me Knowing You titlescreen
Genre Comedy
(spoof chat show)
Created by Steve Coogan
Armando Iannucci
Patrick Marber
Starring Steve Coogan
Steve Brown
Rebecca Front
Patrick Marber
David Schneider
Doon Mackichan
Theme music composer ABBA
Opening theme "Knowing Me, Knowing You" by the Steve Brown Band
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 7 including one Christmas special (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Peter Fincham
Producer(s) Armando Iannucci
Running time 28-32 min
46 min (Christmas Special)
Broadcast
Original channel BBC2
Picture format PAL (576i) 4:3
Audio format Stereo
Original run 16 September 1994 – 21 October 1994
(Christmas Special shown on 29 December 1995)
Chronology
Preceded by Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge (Radio series)
Followed by I'm Alan Partridge
External links
Website

Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge (also known as Knowing Me Knowing You) is a BBC Television series of six episodes (beginning 16 September 1994), and a Christmas special Knowing Me Knowing Yule on 29 December 1995. It is named after the song "Knowing Me, Knowing You" by ABBA (the main character's favourite band), which was used as the show's title music.

Steve Coogan played the incompetent but self-satisfied Norwich-based host, Alan Partridge. Alan was a spin-off character from the spoof radio show On the Hour (which later transferred to TV as The Day Today). Knowing Me Knowing You was written by Coogan, Armando Iannucci (who produced the radio version) and Patrick Marber (who also starred), with contributions from the regular supporting cast of Doon Mackichan, Rebecca Front and David Schneider, who played Alan's weekly guests. Steve Brown provided the show's music and arrangements, and also appeared as Glen Ponder, the man in charge of the house band (whose name changed, without explanation, every episode).

The show was a parody of a chat show. It featured a live audience whose laughter meant that viewers could not mistake the show for a real chat show. Alan went on to appear in two series of the sitcom I'm Alan Partridge, following his life after both his marriage and TV career come to an end.

It was generally well received by fans and critics, and was nominated for a BAFTA and a British Comedy Award.

Script and broadcast versions[edit]

Some of the guests parodied real life appearances on chat shows. The medical fashion parade by ‘Mrs Whippy Head’ is a reference to Vivienne Westwood's appearance on Wogan. The child prodigy Simon Fisher's appearance in the radio series was seemingly inspired by James Harries' (now Lauren Harries) appearance on Wogan.

In total there have been three 'official' versions of the television series prepared by producer Armando Iannucci - the originally transmitted half-hour version (also used in most repeats and abroad), a version extended by roughly five minutes per episode for the VHS and subsequent DVD release, and a version prepared for BBC2's 2002 Partridge repeat season, again in a thirty minute slot but now featuring reinstated material from the video version (such as Partridge's promotion of the Sprunt drink) and a generally tighter edit to compensate for the running time, in addition to the Partridge web address being added to the end credits. In 2013, the latter version was made available for streaming on Netflix.

Episodes[edit]

House band Rebecca Front Patrick Marber David Schneider Doon Mackichan Other guests Another Alan
1 Glen Ponder and Chalet Sue Lewis, a dull showjumper Keith Hunt, new host of This Is Your Life Big Red Book on This Is Your Life (untransmitted sequence) Shona McGough, an abrasive punk singer Keith's son, Shona's band, Roger Moore (voice; performed by Steve Coogan) -
2 Glen Ponder and Debonair Tania Beaumont, actress Gary Barker, washed-up actor and Tania's husband Tony LeMesmer, magician - Daniella Forrest, transsexual Playboy columnist (Minnie Driver) A sailor with a facial tic (John Thomson)
3 Glen Ponder and Ferrari Gina Langland, singer Lawrence Knowles, sleazy promoter Clive Sealy, Lawrence's dermatologist - The Olympic Golden Girls of 1936; Hot Pants, an all-male strip troupe -
4 Glen Ponder and Savoir Faire Yvonne Boyd, fashion designer with odd ideas Philippe Lambert, famous chef Head of Cirque des Clunes - Nina Vanier, Alan's French co-host (Melanie Hudson) Alain Perdrix, who couldn't speak English
5 Glen Ponder and Lazarus Charlotte Fraser (Lab) Martin Dwyer, alias Lt. Col. Kojak Slaphead III (Bald Brummies Against The Big-Footed Conspiracy Party) Adrian Finch (Con) - Terry Norton, dodgy boxing promoter (Alan Ford); Five Miss Norwich contestants (Barbara Durkin, plus four uncredited); Ronald Biggs (Lib Dem) (Felix Dexter) Dead, but appeared in a coffin with his family
6 Glen Ponder and Bangkok Bridie McMahon, lesbian host of the show to take Alan's place Forbes McAllister, cynical restaurant critic for The Spectator - Wanda Harvey, Bridie's lesbian co-host The Alan Partridge Playmates; the Maclean brothers, irritating child film-makers; Joe Beazley and Cheeky Monkey, awful ventriloquist act (John Thomson) -
7 Glen Ponder and his "friend" Andy Mary, a bellringer and devout Christian Gordon Heron, a paralysed former golfer Tony Hayers, Chief Commissioning Editor of BBC Television Liz Heron, Gordon's wife and also a golfer Fanny Thomas, innuendo-using transvestite (Kevin Eldon), Mick Hucknall -

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