Get with the timesPlayed by Steve Coogan, Partridge has come such a long way since his first appearance in Radio 4’s On The Hour in 1991. But he never stands still, and different writers have been deployed over the years to help the character evolve. Partridge isn’t Basil Fawlty, who is permanently marooned in the late 70s. Partridge struggles to connect with the times, but the ways in which he struggles are constantly updated. He’s masterfully multi-format, appearing in every guise from autobiography to Desert Island Discs.
Like a great business, he stays fresh while remaining true to the essential aspects of his personality – insensitivity, self-importance, blaming others, and stating the blindingly obvious.