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24 September 2014
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Alan will not contravene the Highway Code.
  Behind the comic creation are several high profile talents

Armando Iannucci, Steve Coogan, Patrick Marber
Alan is played by Steve Coogan (pictured, middle). The character of Alan Partridge was created for spoof news programme On The Hour and, as producer/writer Armando Iannucci (pictured, far left) requested, he was a bit of every sports reporter you've ever heard. Coogan, Iannucci and Patrick Marber (right) developed the character further for The Day Today and Knowing Me Knowing You - With Alan Partridge.

David Schneider, Armando Iannucci, Peter Baynham
Primarily a vehicle for experimental, and often controversial, Christopher Morris (pictured bottom, right, with Day Today logo), On The Hour is now regarded as a benchmark in British comedy. Its TV conversion, The Day Today was equally brilliant. Both shows and subsequent Alan Partridge comedies would make use of the naturalistic performing talents of Rebecca Front (below, left), Doon MacKichan (below, right), David Schneider (pictured above, yellow shirt), and Patrick Marber.

Rebecca Front, Doon MacKichan
In the series I'm Alan Partridge, Peter Baynham (pictured above, maroon shirt) took over from Patrick Marber as co-writer with Coogan and Iannucci. Iannucci, Baynham and Schneider had already worked extensively together on the excellent current affairs comedy The Friday Night Armistice. Patrick Marber went on to become a leading figure in British theatre. The rest continue to write and produce comedy for radio, TV and Films.

chris morris
Links to Related Sites:
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The Dedicated Alan Partridge Site one of the bigger Alan fan sites.

Alan Attack Another fan site with loads of stuff on Alan's lesser known appearances.

Baby Cow Productions Ltd. The production company set up by Steve Coogan and Henry Normal.

Talkback The production company which makes I'm Alan Partridge.

The Real Alan Partridge? Rumour has it that a real-life Alan is alive and well and working on Radio Norfolk.

Coogan's Run A good Steve Coogan site.

PBJ Good spot of official news on Armando Iannucci and Chris Morris.

Cook'd and Bomb'd The most Chris Morris-related stuff we've seen in one place.

the life of Alan
Boy to man.
Those crucial early influences.

On the Hour
Alan's big broadcasting break.

The Day Today
"This is sports desk with me, Alan Partridge."
Knowing Me, Knowing You (Radio)
A chat legend is born.
Knowing Me, Knowing You (TV)
Alan gets his own TV show at last.
I'm Alan Partridge - series one
182 days in the Linton Travel Tavern.
The Wilderness Years
Where did Alan go?
I'm Alan Partridge - series two
Alan bounces back.
Alan News
The latest developments in Alan's career.

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