AHA! The king of the (North) Norfolk radio waves has managed to land another TV gig at none other than the BBC itself. Alan is back on the gravy train as co-anchor of This Time and will be delighted to share his 'unique' presenting style with the nation, along with lots of digs at those who thought he was all washed up after his book was pulped. The series provide plenty of cringe-inducing belly laughing with quotes we'll be using for years to come – and you can watch Alan Partridge online from anywhere you happen to be.
This Time with Alan Partridge is here to give Steve Coogan's most popular character a comeback on - where else - the BBC. It's on BBC One at 9.30pm GMT on Mondays and we're expecting a series of six episodes in total (starting from February 25).
Following on from Steve Coogan's Mid Morning Matters, Alpha Papa and Alan Partridge's autobiography – the same writing team are back, including Neil and Rob Gibbons, to open this new special. So hopes are definitely high for side–splitting fun. That's right Partridge naysayers - smell my cheese, you mothers!
Alan last presented live television in the nineties, but that was axed after he accidentally shot and killed a guest live on air (oh Alan!). So expect there to be a few teething problems for this comeback. But, no doubt, it will end up being as hot as the innards of an apple turnover.
The mock–live show, which sounds similar to The One Show and expect to see familiar faces like Alan's assistant Lynn – whose life is "technically not worth insuring" according to Alan – played by Felicity Montagu and the more recently added Sidekick Simon played by comedian Tim Key.
Watching in the UK is easy enough thanks to BBC television and the BBC iPlayer, but for those outside the country you can still watch Alan Partridge online by using a VPN service (opens in new tab). How to get one of those, and which is best for you, can be found out below.
How to watch This Time with Alan Partridge online for free in the UK:
To watch This Time with Alan Partridge in the UK, you simply need to have paid your TV licence and have a connection to a BBC One broadcast.
It's also possible to watch the show via the internet live using BBC iPlayer or TVPlayer.com (opens in new tab). You can also watch the show after it has aired using BBC iPlayer which is on a host of devices including smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.
And if you're outside of the UK but still want to watch This Time with Alan Partridge online as it goes out, then there's an easy way to get around any geographical restrictions. Read on to take advantage of our nifty little VPN workaround (opens in new tab).
Stream This Time with Alan Partridge from outside your country
If you're out of the country but still want to watch This Time with Alan Partridge live, it's still possible - and without too much faff. You can get around geo-blocks and watch via a dedicated TV streaming website as long as you appear to be in the UK. This is possible using the combination of a VPN and TVPlayer.com (opens in new tab).
Which VPN is best for you? Our tip-top fave is ExpressVPN . Read on to find out all you need to know about how to use that to watch This Time with Alan Partridge in three simple steps:
1. Download and install a VPN (opens in new tab)
You can download and install software with a free trial or 30-day money back guarantee. We've tested all of the major VPN services and we rate ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) as the absolute best. It's compatible with all of your devices, supports most streaming services and ranks amongst the fastest. You can even install it on devices like an Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox and PlayStation. So for a one-stop shop, you can't go wrong with Express - but there are more fantastic options out there as well, and these three top our best VPN countdown at the moment:
The best 3 VPNs for watching TV online from abroad
- ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) the best all-round VPN for streaming, comes with a 30-day money back guarantee and 3 months FREE with an annual plan
- IPVanish (opens in new tab) puts a focus on security and supports up to 10 devices, so great on the go
- NordVPN (opens in new tab) SmartPlay tech makes NordVPN a great, affordable choice for streaming
2. Connect to the appropriate server location
Simply open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select anywhere in the UK - it's super easy to do.
Watch Knowing Me, Knowing You, I'm Alan Partridge and Alpha Papa online
Alan has had a glittering career before this BBC appearance, of course. And you can enjoy every hilarious minute by watching old episodes of Knowing Me, Knowing You, I'm Alan Partridge and the feature film Alpha Papa – all online right now. Here's how.
Watch Knowing Me, Knowing You online
Lots of classic episodes of Alan in his prime are available in the form of his hit interview show Knowing Me, Knowing You. You can watch this online in a number of ways.
There are plenty of clips and guest interviews on YouTube (opens in new tab) for quick and easily digestible tidbits. For full episodes head over to either Netflix (opens in new tab), Google Play or TalkTalk TV.
Watch I'm Alan Partridge online
Thanks to the massive popularity of I'm Alan Partridge you watch the old episodes back online now – and yes, they're still funny.
Watch Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa online
This feature film was massive and, as a result, is available to watch nearly everywhere online. Deep breath now, here's the list:
Amazon Prime Video – Subscribe (opens in new tab)
BFI Player - Subscribe (opens in new tab)
Rakuten – £1.99 (opens in new tab)
Amazon – £2.49 (opens in new tab)
Google Play – £2.49 (opens in new tab)
YouTube – £2.49 (opens in new tab)
PlayStation – £2.49 (opens in new tab)
Microsoft – £2.49 (opens in new tab)
BFI Player – £3.50 (opens in new tab)
Apple – £3.49 (opens in new tab)
Sky Store – £3.49 (opens in new tab)