Steve Coogan remains an enigma.
Offscreen he has cultivated, unwittingly or not, the reputation as a difficult character. Yet his entire career has been built on taking potentially unpleasant comic creations and giving them a soul. His success with Alan Partridge, and numerous others, has seen him become one of the finest comic talents the UK has produced in the past 20 years. The box set comprises 14 discs with material ranging from his first appearances as Paul and Pauline Calf on Saturday Zoo to Saxondale, the curmudgeonly ex-roadie whose second series aired last year. There are obviously dips, but in all it is a joy. Recommended.