Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge

Mid Morning Matters is a British digital radio show parody written by Steve Coogan, Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons and Armando Iannucci, produced by Baby Cow Productions and funded by the British arm of Australian lager company Foster's, starring Coogan as fictional radio DJ Alan Partridge. The first of twelve 15-minute episodes was uploaded to the Foster's Funny website on 5 November 2010, and then available on YouTube. Six 30-minute episodes titled Alan Partridge Mid Morning Matters: Special Edition, edited from the web series, began airing on Sky Atlantic in July 2012 as part of a deal between producers Baby Cow and BSkyB.[1] A second series consisting of six episodes premiered in February 2016.[2][3]

Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge
GenreComedy
Created bySteve Coogan
Neil Gibbons
Rob Gibbons
Armando Iannucci
Written bySteve Coogan
Neil Gibbons
Rob Gibbons
Armando Iannucci
Directed byTed Dowd
StarringSteve Coogan
Tim Key
Pippa Duffy
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes12 (Series 1 online)
6 (Series 1 Sky)
6 (Series 2).
Production
Executive producersSteve Coogan
Henry Normal
Jon Mountague
ProducerArmando Iannucci
Running time15 minutes approx.
(Web version)
30 minutes approx.
(TV version)
Production companyBaby Cow Productions
DistributorWeb series:
Baby Cow Productions
Heineken UK
(As Foster's Funny)
YouTube
BBC Worldwide
(As 2entertain Video Ltd.)
(iPhone App)

App Store
(iPhone App)
TV series:
Baby Cow Productions
BBC Worldwide
BSkyB
Release
Original networkFostersFunny.co.uk
(Web version)
Sky Atlantic
Sky Atlantic HD
(TV version)
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release5 November 2010 (2010-11-05) –
22 March 2016 (2016-03-22)
Chronology
Preceded byI'm Alan Partridge
Followed byAlan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life
External links
Website

PlotEdit

The show is shot from the perspective of a webcam in the studio of fictional station 'North Norfolk Digital'. In Mid Morning Matters Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) is back working as a disc jockey, after the failure of his television career. He is usually joined by 'Sidekick Simon' (Tim Key) who eventually leaves or is fired due to Alan's gradual dislike towards him. Alan is noticeably annoyed when he discovers that Simon has started guesting as a sidekick on another radio show (Bedtime with Branning). After Simon's departure, Alan recruits a new sidekick, Zoe (Pippa Duffy), and quickly develops a crush on her. In the final part of series one, Zoe reveals she is going travelling for three months, much to Alan's disappointment. The episode ends with a shot through the window into the recording booth as Zoe hugs Alan and gives him a kiss on the cheek; there is no sound and it is unknown what Alan has said to warrant this reaction. This is a rare low-key ending to an Alan Partridge series with the high point coming in Episode 10 when Alan rebukes Sidekick Simon for his role in a practical joke on him.

Production and TV airingEdit

In August 2010, it was reported that Alan Partridge would make a comeback series online for lager company Foster's.[4] On 8 October 2010, it was announced that the new show, entitled Alan Partridge's Mid Morning Matters, would premiere on 5 November 2010 on Foster's comedy site, fostersfunny.co.uk. In a press release, Steve Coogan announced, in character:

"I am delighted to announce that after years as a regional broadcaster on North Norfolk Digital my groundbreaking radio segment, Mid Morning Matters, will now be accessible to a potential audience of billions via the World Wide Web (www).

That it has taken Foster's to help realise my dream of joining the information superhighway is a damning indictment of the established broadcasters whose shabby treatment of me on Sept 10th 2001 was frankly shabby. I made dozens of calls the next day, all of which were ignored.

My appreciation must go to Armando Iannucci and Baby Cow for ignoring the lies, God bless them. In the meantime I look forward to 'hanging out 'n' chillin' with the MySpace generation."[5]

The first six episodes aired online in December 2010, with the remainder released weekly from 4 February 2011 until episode 12 on 11 March 2011. Following the series, Alan appeared again as part of the Red Nose Day 2011 set for a one-off show akin to the Mid Morning Matters arrangement, and here Side-kick Simon reappears in his former capacity.

Following a deal between Baby Cow Productions and BSkyB in November 2011, the first series was broadcast as six 30-minute episodes on Sky Atlantic,[1] despite the public antithapy of Steve Coogan towards media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his former company 21st Century Fox, who at the time owned a controlling 33% of BSkyB, following the News International phone-hacking scandal.[6] Series two of Mid Morning Matters began airing on Sky Atlantic on 16 February 2016. As with the first series on Sky, series two ran for six 30-minute episodes.

ReceptionEdit

The Telegraph called the show "endlessly creative".[7]

EpisodesEdit

Series 1Edit

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleOriginal air date
11"Focus on Cycling"5 November 2010 (2010-11-05)
Alan attempts to cycle 10 miles in 30 minutes on a exercise bike.
22"Who Does Alan Think Alan Is?"12 November 2010 (2010-11-12)
Alan digs into his ancestry and is upset by the results
33"Simply the Best of Norfolk"19 November 2010 (2010-11-19)
The team have a phone-in asking 'what is the best 'thing' '?
44"Wine"26 November 2010 (2010-11-26)
Alan reviews a selection of wine, one of which tastes of Chewits
55"Alan's Sad Story"3 December 2010 (2010-12-03)
Alan is set up by a rival station and later has to ad-lib a ludicrous story after spilling food on the original that was submitted by a listener.
66"King and Car"10 December 2010 (2010-12-10)
The team host a phone in where guests are asked to name what car famous historical characters would drive
77"Partridge on Partridge"4 February 2011 (2011-02-04)
Things turn rather sour between Alan and Sidekick Simon after the latter reveals he did some work with another DJ and Alan interviews himself in a typical self grandiose way.
88"Tora Bora Alan"11 February 2011 (2011-02-11)
An ex-soldier is a guest on the show and explains how he would deal with radicalised RSPB members in the Tora Bora caves at Alan's suggestion.
99"North Norfolk Today with Eddie Shepherd and Terri Cohen"18 February 2011 (2011-02-18)
Alan fills in for an ill colleague on a current affairs show.
1010"Alan Partridge: Out of the Box Thinker"25 February 2011 (2011-02-25)
Alan interviews an internet millionaire and sacks Simon after the latter's prank backfires
1111"Agony Alan"4 March 2011 (2011-03-04)
Zoe joins the team in-place of Simon and Alan is immediately attracted to her.
1212"The Man with the Child in His Eyes"11 March 2011 (2011-03-11)
Alan continues to try to flirt with Zoe whilst championing Kate Bush

Series 2Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
131"Foxhunter + Radio Play"16 February 2016 (2016-02-16)
142"Book Club + Dave Clifton"23 February 2016 (2016-02-23)
153"Blackbird + Gangster"1 March 2016 (2016-03-01)
164"Jasper + Chef"8 March 2016 (2016-03-08)
175"Massage + Royal Visit"15 March 2016 (2016-03-15)
186"Grundy + Snow"22 March 2016 (2016-03-22)

Home mediaEdit

The first series of Mid Morning Matters was released on DVD first, in Australia on 1 March 2012 by 2entertain.[8] It was released on 12 November 2012 in the UK, also by 2entertain.[9] The second series was released on DVD in April 2016.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Wolf, Ian (10 November 2011). "Alan Partridge web series to get TV debut on Sky". British Comedy Guide.
  2. ^ "Alan Partridge to return to Sky Atlantic for second Mid Morning Matters series". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Alan Partridge's Mid Morning Matters". Sky. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  4. ^ "In pictures: Alan Partridge makes internet comeback". BBC Norfolk. 31 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Brand New Alan Partridge exclusive to Foster's". Foster's Funny. 8 October 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2010.[dead link]
  6. ^ Robinson, James (5 September 2011). "Steve Coogan: Why I won't let News Corp off the hook". The Guardian. London.
  7. ^ Hogan, Michael (16 February 2016). "Alan Partridge's Mid-Morning Matters Is Endlessly Creative – Review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Alan Partridge's Mid Morning Matters Series 1". ABC Shop. Archived from the original on 4 May 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Alan Partridge - Mid-Morning Matters". Amazon. Retrieved 18 April 2013.

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