Monday 03 November 1997
I'm Alan Partridge (10pm BBC2) Tony Ferrino, the Portuguese crooner- cum-sex god, was a sketch which Steve Coogan ill-advisedly turned into a character - so welcome back to his sports reporter-turned-chat show host, Alan Partridge. Except that Coogan (with co-writers Peter Baynham and Armando Iannucci) has moved Partridge on. Having accidentally killed someone on his TV show, Knowing Me, Knowing You, he now languishes in a graveyard slot on Radio Norwich while living at a "travel tavern" just off the M11. The genius is in the detail, and Partridge is a comic monster to put up there beside Hank from The Larry Sanders Show.
The Mechanic (12pm BBC1) You know it's a quiet night when anything made by Michael Winner finds its way into this box. It's not Winner, though, but Charles Bronson who may possibly persuade you to glance at this 1972 production - the second of four broadly similar "vigilante" movies which Winner made with Bronson in four years. The title refers not to a bloke in beige overalls servicing your Mondeo, but a contract killer. The plot, as it is, involves Bronson's "mechanic" training up an apprentice.
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- 5 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber is 'retiring from music'
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