Talk:Alan Partridge

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This page is bad and everyone who contributed to it should feel bad -- 19:51, 15 September 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Most of this isn't even a quote, and although it might be relevant, it belongs somwhere else, and needs to be cut down quite a bit too.

On air, during a discussion of which Lord is best (Rings, Flies or Dance) - "Flatley my dear, I don't Riverdance... give a damn." This is a line delivered in what Alan clearly considers to be the style of Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) at the climax of Gone with the Wind (frankly my dear, I don't give a damn). It's a perfect example of Alan's constant need to self-justify almost everything - specifically every joke - he says. Hence "...give a damn", with standard Partridge self-conscious hands waving. Put another way, Alan has to make his meaning explicit beyond all doubt lest any contingent of his presumed audience (in this case his listeners but more often Lynn) misunderstand, or fail to 'get' either him or his supposed joke. According to normal sitcom logic this would completely nullify said joke and render it lifeless but, because normal sitcom logic doesn't apply here, it prolongs and exacerbates the joke.