->'''"... Monkey Tennis?"''

1997-2002 BritCom starring SteveCoogan as Alan Partridge, a failed chat show host and candidate for the most UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist of all time. An utterly loathsome, pathologically narcissistic and self-absorbed failure of a human being with a permanent sneer, an entire wardrobe of Pringle jumpers and an unhealthy fascination with 'ladyboys', Partridge, after a failed chat show in which he failed to get an appearance from RogerMoore, shot a guest dead, and punched his BBC boss with a turkey (''KnowingMeKnowingYouWithAlanPartridge''), is reduced to the graveyard shift on local radio and living in a motel after being kicked out by his wife. The series took a close look at Partridge's life (such as it was) and his increasingly desperate attempts to get back on television. A second series was broadcast in 2002, which showed Partridge -- following an off-screen nervous breakdown -- as slightly more successful and a lot more smug. Other important characters include:

* Lynn: Alan's mousy personal assistant-slash-doormat, who organizes his life to such an extent that he can't survive without her, but whom he nevertheless treats with thoughtless contempt.
* Michael: Alan's only friend -- a emotionally tortured and desperate ex-soldier who is, possibly, even more of a loser than Alan is.
* Sonja (season 2 only): Alan's Ukrainian girlfriend, who even he describes as "mildly cretinous". But she is 14 years younger than him -- back of the net!

This is the role for which Steve Coogan will forever be remembered, and rightly so; one of the best British sitcoms ever made. Came forty-second in ''Series/BritainsBestSitcom''.
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!!This show provides examples of:

* AttractiveBentGender: Potentially the ''UsefulNotes/{{Bangkok}} Chickboys''.
* BiggerIsBetter: A significant part of why Alan won't drive a Mini Metro, even though Lynn points out it would make more sense for him to do so if he wants to keep his company, Pear Tree Productions, in business.
* BigWordShout: "DAN!"
* BlessedAreTheCheesemakers: "SMELL MY CHEESE, YOU MOTHER!"
* BreakTheCutie: Sweet and smiling hotel receptionist Susan on the night before Alan checks out:
--> IíLL TELL YOU WHAT MY PROBLEM IS! HAVING TO LISTEN TO YOUR CRAP FOR THE LAST SIX MONTHS! YOU'VE BEEN IN THIS HOTEL FOR A HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-TWO DAYS, YOU LITTLE SHIT!
* BrickJoke: In the first season, Alan speaks to his ex-wife's new boyfriend (a fitness instructor) about switching on the immersion heater to get a deep bath. In the second, one of Alan's radio segments is called ''Alan's Deep Bath''.
* BriefAccentImitation: Alan finds this trope pretty funny, Michael less so, and John the builder even less so.
* BritishBrevity: Only 12 episodes were made.
* BullyHunter: In the last episode of series two, Lynn introduces Alan to her friend, a retired policeman who attends her church, who reveals that he's heard all about Alan -- and has managed to piece together exactly what sort of a man he is, informing him in no uncertain terms that if he doesn't stop bullying Lynn and treating her like a doormat he'll get what's coming to him. Alan is sufficiently intimidated to start by raising her salary.
* CouchGag: After the TitleSequence, there's always a brief clip of Alan saying something [[AntiHumor uninteresting]].
* CountryMatters: A couple of examples from, fittingly enough, the angry farmers who take over Alan's phone-in.
* CringeComedy: Plentiful, but the crowning example has to be Alan's disastrous hosting gig in "The Colour of Alan."
--->'''Alan:''' ...I'm going to be sick again. [''prolonged retching'']
* CurseCutShort: Several examples in the space of the farmers' phone-in: "You ignorant cu.."
* DayInTheLife: "Basic Alan" in season one fits the criteria; it takes place over the course of a single day where, not having to work, having no engagements and with the Travel Tavern closed for renovations, Alan basically has to find ways to amuse himself.
* DumbassDJ: Dave Clifton, in a way which is nicely [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Alan:
-->"It's difficult to understand you when you say 'splidding' as I know in real life you say ''splitting''. It's interesting, the way you substitute a D for a T when you're broadcasting. If you ask me it's the behaviour of a ''[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar dosser]]''."
* EroticDream: A recurring gag in the first series has Alan frequently segue into a kind of daydream in which he offers to do a lap-dance for a variety of men whilst wearing a leather codpiece and one of his Pringle jumpers with the nipples cut out, whenever he's whoring himself to get back on TV.
** Also serves as a source of some of Alan's [[AmbiguouslyGay vaguely gay]] moments which he otherwise recognises and awkwardly corrects, also brought up in the ''I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan'' autobiography.
* EroticEating: Jill and the chocolate mousse. Alan is a little [[{{Squick}} squicked out]].
** Although it's important to note that the joke seems to be about how bizarre and neurotic Alan can be in his approach to women and sex.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: All famous movie titles with the word "Alan" awkwardly inserted into them.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Alan, as a generally terrible broadcaster, is fond of these, and usually in incredibly bad taste.
-->'''Kate Fitzgerald''': ''(after describing her history with drugs)'' I notice you end almost every anecdote with the phrase "needless to say, I had the last laugh".
-->'''Alan''': Yeah, well, you could end some of your chapters with "''needles'' to say... I took drugs".
* JadedWashout: Alan. The show is all about "The bitter life of a failed chat show host".
* LastSecondWordSwap: Many of Alan or Michael's stories end with this trope. Prime example:
-->'''Michael:''' ...so he flips him over, and he fu--
-->''Lynn enters the room.''
-->'''Michael:'''--and fu-- and funnily enough it landed on all four wheels and they drove away.
-->'''Alan:''' Strangest story I've ever heard.
* LoonyFan: Alan's "biggest fan" has an [[StalkerShrine entire room devoted to photos of him]], with a life-size mannequin in it. He also has a tattoo of Alan's face across his entire chest.
-->'''Fan:''' ''[boastfully]'' It took four hours! I passed out twice!
* MailOrderBride: Sonya, Alan's Ukrainian girlfriend. Also Michael's Thai wife who "didn't fit in with the culture in Newcastle", and left him to move to... Sunderland.
* MrFanservice: John the sexy builder.
* MomentKiller: Lynn decides that Alan's date with Jill is a good time to deliver his fungal foot powder.
* OffTheWagon: Alan's Radio [[EastAnglia Norwich]] colleague, Dave Clifton, which Alan [[DudeNotFunny brings up on-air]] when they're VolleyingInsults: "...you're back on the ''boddle''!"
* OverlyLongGag: "Dan. Dan. DAN! DAN! DAN! DAN! DAN! DAN..." (Dan ignores him.)
* PrecisionFStrike: Alan's response when Dave Clifton attempts a series of traffic cone {{pun}}s. Dave is genuinely shocked, and points out they're on the air, to which Alan smugly responds that they're now in Dave's slot and therefore it's his problem.
* RunningGag: Frequent mentions of Bill Oddie.
--> '''Sophie''': Oh, there was a call for you. A Mr. Nesshead rang.
--> '''Alan''': Right. Never heard of him. Did he leave a first name?
--> '''Sophie''': No, it was just a Mr. P. Nesshead.
--> '''Alan''': Sophie, thatís a crank call. Thatís another crank call.
--> '''Sophie''': [Smirking] Is it?
--> '''Alan''': Read it back to yourself.
--> '''Sophie''': Oh yeah, I can see what heís done now. Shall I put it on the list with all the others?
--> '''Alan''': If you would. Actually, can I have a look at that list? I want to get to the bottom of this. [Reading] "Mr. G. String... Mr. Nick Hers... Y. Front... Mr. T. Osser"? That doesnít even work! "Mr. B. Oddie"? This is Bill Oddie! Itís not a prank call. Why have you put it on there?
--> '''Susan''': Well, we thought it looked like "body".
--> '''Alan''': Whatís rude about a body?
--> '''Sophie''': Tits?
** And Sue Cook: in reality inoffensive and mild-mannered, in the Alan universe she becomes a foul-mouthed, abusive heavy smoker. Cook sent a letter to Coogan after the show apologising for her behaviour.
* {{Sequel}}: To ''KnowingMeKnowingYouWithAlanPartridge''
* SexyDiscretionShot: Alan dimming the light at Jill's request. Thankfully he dims it [[FadeToBlack all the way]] and saves us a bit of FanDisservice.
* SimilarSquad: Alan's chance meeting with Dan. Dan. Dan. DAN! DAN! DAN! DAN! DAN! DAN...
* SoundEffectBleep: Alan finds a few suitable farm animal noises to use on the angry farmers.
** And the hilariously distracting "[[FunnyBackgroundEvent background]]" traffic noise he uses for a traffic report in series 2, which has Alan delivering a screamed bleeped-out ClusterFBomb.
--> '''BG''': [BEEP BEEP] Get out the way, you f---ing idiot! [HONK] You could get a bus through there, you f---ing c--t! [HONK] You stupid ----ing ----, LET ME THROUGH! [AIRHORN] GO!! THERE'S NOTHING THERE!! ''GO!!!!''
--> '''Alan''': We've got a report -
--> '''BG''': [HONK HONK]
--> '''Alan''': [turns it off] Gonna just get rid of that, it's annoying.
* StalkerShrine: Alan's LoonyFan has a whole room devoted to him.
* TakeOurWordForIt: Whatever it is that Alan keeps in his dresser drawer. According to WordOfGod (i.e. Coogan, on the commentary), it's exactly what you think it is. Yes, one of ''those''.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Alan.
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