Hmmmm. Surely the only comedy that matters was shooting this week, according to Armando Iannucci.
Armando’s involvement really does seal the deal for me. Promisingly, he says they’re ‘typical Alan episodes’ with no mentions of Foster’s within. I don’t mind if it’s just Alan doing a radio show (something new, we can presume, not Radio Norwich) as those segments were always funny, as was, obviously, the Knowing Me, Knowing You radio series.
I bet there’s no laughter track… It still riles me that they ‘apologised’ for it’s use on IAP series 2. If anything suited laughter it was IAP series 2! Just imagine the Bond scenes without it or – ‘don’t put your foot on there’ ‘I’m not, I’m just doing a cockney walk!’ – without an audience laugh. It NEEDS the laughter.
Worth pointing out that the radio show bits in I’m Alan Partridge were shot at on location at Unique’s studios, and then shown to the audience to get the laugh track. So whilst there’s still a debate as to whether the shows will work as well without an audience (and I don’t think they’ll add one), it’s not like Coogan could use the audience for timing or anything.
Having said that , I wonder whether the edits on IAP were done with the audience reaction in mind, which could help. One thing I noticed when creating my Partridge soundtrack is that there’s some fairly terrible edits in there, when you’re concentrating on the audio. The start of the Peter Baxendale-Thomas interview is really dodgy, and it’s massively clear that the most famous line in the series is actually: “Oh, f-fuck off!”
Just looking at it now Armando actually apologized in a pretty sarcastic way to people who didn’t like the laughter. I must have read that at some point and taken it seriously.
It did seem to be an issue at the time, as though people had watched a couple of episodes of The Office or the League series 3 (which I think aired right after Partridge series 2, if I remember) and suddenly forgot that countless sitcoms that came before had audience laughter.