‘This Time with Alan Partridge’ St. Patrick’s Day episode is being hailed as “genius”
Steve Coogan played an Irish farmer who sings rebel tunes during this week’s St. Patrick’s Day episode of his BBC comedy ‘This Time with Alan Partridge.’
The BBC comedy, which features Steve Coogan as the clueless television presenter Alan Partridge, closed its Monday night episode with Partridge chatting with his Irish doppelganger, a farmer from Co Sligo named Martin Brennan.
Coogan played double duty in the episode, playing both his titular Alan Partridge, as well as Martin Brennan, also known as 'Irish Alan.'
As the credits begin to roll, Brennan breaks out in a rousing rendition of both ‘Come Out Ye Black and Tans,’ and ‘The Men Behind the Wire.’
Partridge and his co-host Jennie instantly become uncomfortable, eyes awkwardly darting to the camera.
“Oh my God, that was like an advert for the IRA,” says Partridge.
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The Journal notes that, perhaps surprisingly, there was no “substantial fury” following the clip of Irish rebel songs on BBC, save for one tweet from a parody account of Ian Paisley, Jr:
Disgusting to see this pro IRA stance taken by the BBC. I will be writing to the Director General to make the point that the IRA were terrorists and to put them on a pedestal like this is akin to glorifying the acts of ISIS.
I am incandescent with rage. https://t.co/mtLqGYFwT1— Ian Paisley MP (@lanPaisleyMP) March 18, 2019
Worth noting is that in September, British rocker Rod Stewart said the BBC “won’t let me sing 'Grace' because of it's Irish, anti-English overtones in the song.”
Twitter was abuzz following the episode with some people hailing the episode as “genius.”
End of Alan Partridge episode was genius.— India Knight (@indiaknight) March 18, 2019
Steve Coogan has made Alan Partridge react nervously and/or shocked, as most brits usually would with the mention of ‘black and tans’, ‘ira’ and ‘men behind the wire’. While also impersonating a man called Martin, an Alan Partridge doppelgänger. That’s one smart comedic cookie pic.twitter.com/jWFlx4UniJ— Colm Mullan (@Brick_14) March 19, 2019
Steve Coogan has managed the impossible; taking Alan Partridge to a whole new level. ‘Irish Alan’ singing “Come Out You Black And Tans” is a piece of TV gold.— Martin T Coughlan (@MartinCough333) March 18, 2019
If you haven’t been tuning in to #thistime, then you need to start.
First thae ham ad does Black & Tans, now Alan Partridge... What a time to be alive. https://t.co/iyyBVYzaGC— Eoghan McDermott (@eoghanmcdermo) March 19, 2019
Come out ya Black and Tans sang on BBC1 just before the 10 o’clock news? It can only be Alan Partridge genius! I nearly wet myself #ThisTime— Gary Byrne (@gizbyrne) March 18, 2019
In 2013, Coogan, who is British, said of his Irish roots: “I’m half Irish and Alan does make all sorts of Irish references. I spent nearly every summer of my life growing up in the west of Ireland and I’m very familiar with Mayo and Cork and West Cork.”
“A lot of the humor I do as Alan is British prejudice against the Irish which can sound just like jokes against the Irish but it has to be put into the context of Alan’s ignorance which is why we get away with it.”
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