Alan is back on the BBC full-time – but this episode did tend to overplay the jokes 

Alan is back on the BBC full-time – but this episode did tend to overplay the jokes 

As Alan’s mistyped email boast said: “Guess who’s big in the backtime?” The third episode of This Time With Alan Partridge (BBC One) began with the welcome news that, due to the fortuitously timed death of the regular co-presenter, stand-in Partridge (Steve Coogan) had landed the job on a permanent basis.

Yes, North Norfolk’s media nomad had finally sealed his full-time return to primetime TV from the wilderness of local radio. We believe the phrase is “Back of the net!”

On the new-look opening credits, Alan flashed his BBC security pass and dazzling smile at a decidedly unimpressed receptionist. Puffed up with pride, he told long-suffering PA Lynn (Felicity Montagu) to upgrade his lunchbox with…

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