Author: Ross Carpenter
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Alan Partridge. We've all heard of him. We all admire him. We all respect him. But who exactly is he? "You're the flippin' self-proclaimed Partridge-expert, Carpenter! You tell us!" Well, off the top of my head, Alan Partridge is the current host of Radio Norf-North Norfolk's Mid-Morning Matters programme, running from 10am to 2pm. The combination of music and chat was reflected in a more 'housewife-friendly' tone, described by one North Norfolk blogger as 'like a feral Lorraine Kelly'. With listening figures having spiked 2% in the first quarter following Alan's move to MMM on NND, it'd be fair of you to assume he'd always had it so good. Well you're bang wrong! On 21st October, 1994, having been passed a gun by a sweaty-handed Forbes McAllister, a startled Partridge fired a single bullet in to his heart. That, the break-up of this marriage to Carol; the estrangement from his two children - his son Fernando and a daughter; living for 182 or 183 (depending on the source) days in a travel tavern; and failing to be given a second series, despite pitching a number of high-shelf ideas for television programmes; it's fair to say Alan didn't always (have it so good). The comedy character, Alan Partridge, was created by Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci in 1991, going on to star in the BBC4 Radio Series 'On the Hour' and it's television sister, 'The Day Today'. This was followed by chat show 'Knowing Me Knowing You'; two series of 'I'm Alan Partridge'; two of 'Mid-Morning Matters'; two specials - 'Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life', and 'Alan Partridge's Scissored Isle'; and a Hollywood movie - 'Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa'. With two hugely successful books detailing Alan's life - 'I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan', and 'Nomad' - Alan Partridge has become a mainstay of the British comedy circuit, and one of the most quoted comedy characters in television history. The following quizzes will, hopefully, test the limits of even the most hardened Alan Partridge fan, and could easily be used in a pub quiz. Also, the book is really, really, really, really, really portable. It would fit ideally into an attaché case, or the thigh pocket of a pair of fashionable combat trousers. In this first of two volumes, there are a total of 52 individual quizzes, made up of 38 General Partridge (knowledge) quizzes across two difficulty levels, 2 quotes quizzes, 2 picture rounds, and 10 of specific topics. With 12-15 questions per quiz, that's a total of 666 questions of pure Alan. And you really do need to make sure you get enough Alan in your Mid-morning diet. If you want to find out more, you can just ruddy well buy this book and see for yourself.