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Fambo Number Mive

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Thread for all your questions about Alan Partridge.

I will start with asking why Alan hates farmers. Surely someone like him who is a centre-right Daily Mail reader should be on the side of farmers. I know his views are intended to be humorously bizarre but I can't see where he got them from. Am I sucking all the joy out of the programme?

Utter Shit

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Re: Alan Partridge questions: Why does Alan hate farmers and other questions
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2019, 02:42:41 PM »
I never saw it as him hating farmers, I thought he just made a stupid comment trying to be funny, and then everything blew up from there.

gilbertharding

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Re: Alan Partridge questions: Why does Alan hate farmers and other questions
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2019, 02:50:50 PM »
I think it's part of his personality to want to be contrarian - slightly. In his own legend he's a maverick. He probably thinks of himself as a journalist first and foremost - who's turned his hand to tv presenting. Like Michael Parkinson.

You can see it in a real person if you consider Jeremy Clarkson, who in real life has several positions - I think he's a remainer, for instance - which don't conform to the stereotype (and many more which do, admittedly). Also Richard Madeley.

You can imagine all three of these priding themselves on having 'done their own research' and coming to slightly off-kilter conclusions.

So, farmers are secretive, wealthy (and in receipt of massive handouts) - not to be trusted.

There's probably also a degree of projection: What do they do in those sheds? Alan knows what he'd do in them...

Re: Alan Partridge questions: Why does Alan hate farmers and other questions
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2019, 05:34:23 PM »
There's probably also a degree of projection: What do they do in those sheds? Alan knows what he'd do in them...

Exactly, he's seen the big-eared boys on farms.

Re: Alan Partridge questions: Why does Alan hate farmers and other questions
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2019, 05:39:48 PM »
Why do Fernando and Denise never speak to him or see him, specifically beyond the basic reason that nobody would want Alan for a father? Maybe this has been answered in one of the books but if it has I don't remember at all.

Re: Alan Partridge questions: Why does Alan hate farmers and other questions
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2019, 06:44:15 PM »
What was in that drawer?

Re: Alan Partridge questions: Why does Alan hate farmers and other questions
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2019, 06:46:28 PM »
Why do Fernando and Denise never speak to him or see him, specifically beyond the basic reason that nobody would want Alan for a father? Maybe this has been answered in one of the books but if it has I don't remember at all.

A lifetime of "No, we were delighted. Well, I mean, at first I was mortified but then you were born and we grew to like you." I imagine.

Dannyhood91

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Re: Alan Partridge questions: Why does Alan hate farmers and other questions
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2019, 07:03:41 PM »
We don’t really know much about Carol and his kids. I have read the first book but it was back when it was new. I suspect that Carol is the real villain of the piece. Obviously Alan isn’t blameless because he is an utter bafoon but not an out right bad man. When he goes for his Christmas ramble you get the sense he’s a really lonely man desperate for some affection.