from I'm Alan Partridge



In 2002, the prospect of any channel, cable or otherwise, having this type of thing in their programming seemed absurd. But now? Actually, still probably a bit weird. But more thanks to the YouTubes than its obvious preposterousness. Who watches television nowadays? Practically nobody. In real time, at least.

Like David Bowie and the Beatles, Partridge is just an unending well of material. ‘Swallow’, ‘Inner City Sumo’, ‘Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank‘…’Monkey Tennis’. All fictional TV shows, inside a fictional world, spewed out within about three minutes of one episode. It’s testament to how wrong my brain is that I dismiss these as ludicrous, unmade nonsense yet ‘Skirmish’ is definitely a real show.

Still waiting for the barn dance at Yeovil* Aerodrome hosted by Jet from ‘Gladiators’. Let it go, James, you’re never going to meet her.

*Please don’t send me back to the dark place.

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