For our second bumper Christmas special, what could be more seasonal than Alan Partridge in a pear tree?
Yes, this week Britain’s most beloved broadcaster (at least that’s how he’d see himself) is delivering a Letter to My Younger Self exclusively in The Big Issue, reflecting on a life which has brought him professional success, but on a personal level has been a bit of mixed bag.
Alan Partridge has been a welcome figure on our TVs and airwaves for over 30 years. Even when there have been tricky, sometimes Toblerone-flecked, years in the wilderness he has repeatedly bounced back.
“I wasn’t your typical teenager,” he told our interviewers. “Whether it was because my mum cut my hair or because I wasn’t allowed to sit in the front seat of the car until I was 15, I retained a wonderfully childlike quality long into adolescence. I’d spend weekends – not sniffing glue or kissing with tongues – but collecting conkers or drawing pictures of the Red Arrows or writing letters to the Red Arrows.”
To read the full interview, buy a copy of this week’s magazine. Find your local vendor here.
This is not the first time Partridge has appeared on the cover of the magazine. His co-creator Armando Iannucci guest edited an edition in 2017, and he brought together Partridge with another of his characters, The Thick of It’s Malcolm Tucker to have a great Brexit bout. You can revisit that historic piece on here.