Aha! As Alan Partridge prepares to swoop down on British screens in a second series of Mid Morning Matters, we show you how to get more Alan than you could shake a pint of Director’s Bitter at.
Knowing Me, Knowing You and I’m Alan Partridge – Netflix, BBC Store, iTunes
Alan’s fabled ‘first’ series, including the Christmas special Knowing Me, Knowing Yule, is available to stream on Netflix now.
Both seasons of I’m Alan Partridge – that’s the one set in the Linton Travel Tavern and the other one in ‘the static home’ – are also available from the very same service.
Netflix starts at £5.99/month for the Basic service which lets you stream shows in SD on one device. Netflix Standard costs £7.49/month, lets you stream in HD if your connection can handle it and lets you stream content on up to two devices at once.
Netflix Premium costs £8.99/month, lets you stream on up to four devices simultaneously and gives you access to 4K Ultra HD content. Not that you’ll be able to enjoy Alan in 4K mind, but we just thought we’d let you know.
iTunes prices individual episodes of Knowing Me, Knowing You and I’m Alan Partridge at £1.89.
Each six-episode of I’m Alan Partridge costs £7.99. While you can’t buy Knowing Me, Knowing You as a complete season on iTunes, you can get every episode including the Christmas special plus both seasons of I’m Alan Partridge as part of The Complete Collection for £19.99.
Prices on the BBC Store are exactly the same per episode and per season, the only difference being that Knowing Me, Knowing You is available as a standalone six-episode series and Knowing Me, Knowing Yule can be bought on its own for £1.89. Again, you can buy The Complete Collection for £19.99 on BBC Store, which gives you everything.
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa – iTunes, Blinkbox
Related: What is HD? The difference between 720p, 1080i and 1080pAlan’s first and so far only feature-length foray is available to rent and buy online in digital format.
Rental prices for Alpha Papa on iTunes are £2.49 and £3.49 for the movie in SD and HD. If you want to own a little slice of Alan forever, you’ll pay £7.99 for Alpha Papa in SD and £9.99 for it in HD.
Alpha Papa costs £2.49 and £3.49 respectively to rent in SD and HD. It’s a little cheaper to buy on Blinkbox in standard definition (£6.99) but it’s worth noting that the HD version (£9.99) is 720p HD. iTunes lets you download Alpha Papa in 720p HD and 1080p HD, depending on your requirements.
Blinkbox says that there’s no plans to add any 1080p Full HD content yet. Long-term iTunes users will note that HD content bought from Apple’s store was once 720p-only, something which all changed with the launch of iTunes 10.6 way back in 2012. TalkTalk-owned Blinkbox could in theory add a feature which would let you re-download content in 1080p, but there’s no plans for this as of yet.
Alan Partridge: Mid Morning Matters – Sky on Demand, Now TV, iTunes, YouTube, Blinkbox
Next year sees the return of Mid Morning Matters on Sky Atlantic. Until then, you can watch the original six-part miniseries, set in the North Norfolk Digital radio studio on YouTube and iTunes.
Individual episodes are priced at £1.89 for standard definition copies or £2.49 for HD versions. You can also buy the whole series in one go for £9.99 in SD and £12.99 in HD on iTunes.
YouTube’s per season prices are a little cheaper – £9.49 and £12.49 respectively – but it’s unclear from whether or not the high definition episodes are 720p HD or 1080p Full HD.
What’s more, if you want to pick up permanent digital copies for less and you aren’t bothered about resolution then your cheapest option is Blinkbox, which is selling the whole first season in SD for £4.99.
Sky TV subscribers with the Family Bundle (£36/month) can download every episode of Mid Morning Matters in SD and HD to their Sky+HD boxes.
You can also stream every episode of Mid Morning Matters with a £6.99/month Now TV Entertainment Pass.
Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge and Other Less Successful Characters: Live – iTunes, YouTube
This hour and a half live show sees Coogan stepping into the shoes of Alan on the road, alongside a cast of other favourites from over the years including Paul Calf and Duncan Thicket.
Partrimilgrimage: The Alan Partridge Specials – iTunes, YouTube
Consisting of one-off hits Welcome to the Places of My Life and Open Books with Martin Bryce – a companion show to the real-life autobiography I, Partridge, We need to Talk about Alan – Partrimilgrimage is available on iTunes as individual episodes for £1.89 each or £2.99 for both in SD or £3.99 for both in HD.
Both specials are also available to buy from YouTube for £1.89 per SD episode or £2.49 each if you want them in HD.
You can get them both for £2.49 in SD or £3.49 in HD but it’s unclear whether you’ll be able to get these specials from YouTube in 720p or 1080p – iTunes clearly states that you can get Partrimilgrimage in 1080p Full HD.
Anglian Lives: Alan Partridge
This 30-minute mockumentary, included as a DVD extra with the I’m Alan Partridge Season 2 box set – a copy of which is going for £1.98 on eBay at the time of writing – isn’t available anywhere online in a legitimate form.
It may one day reappear in iTunes or the BBC Store, but Until then, you’ll just have to hope that any YouTube uploads of this you might find aren’t kiboshed by unfriendly lawyers. Or buy the box set.
The Day Today and On The Hour
While not a strictly an Alan show, Chris Morris’s spoof newsdesk comedy series marked the first time the character appeared on British screens as, a sports reporter.
The Day Today is currently not available on BBC Store, iTunes, iPlayer or anywhere digitally and neither its is predecessor, BBC Radio show On The Hour.
Partridge Gets Lucky
We’ve embedded this one hour loop of Alan playing air bass to Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’. You’re welcome.