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Old 27-04-2013, 11:46
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I heard somewhere that Coogan based the character on Fred Dinnage from Southern Regional News show later to become TVS.

I was once intervied by Meridian and asked the lady reporter if she knew if Fred was the inspiration, she did not answer but gave a wry smile.

In a similar vein who were Smashy and Nicey based on?

There seems to be alot of R1 DJs in the mix Kid Jensen, DLT and possibly Freeman (strangely no hint of Saville though)
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Old 27-04-2013, 12:05
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One of Smashy and Nicey was definitely based on Freeman IIRC.
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Old 27-04-2013, 12:07
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Whenever I see Alistair Stewart presenting 'Police, Camera, Action' I can't help thinking of Partridge!

'Crash! Bang! Wallop! What a video!'

Alistair in Partridge mode!
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Old 27-04-2013, 12:08
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One of Smashy and Nicey was definitely based on Freeman IIRC.

I' ve always thought that Smashie and Nicey were Alan Freeman and Tony Blackburn.
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Old 27-04-2013, 12:20
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I think Dave Lee Travis as well for Mike Smash, especially the bits where he kept mentioning his farm.
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Old 27-04-2013, 12:30
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Alan Partridge is based on a Radio Norfolk DJ called Wally Webb

If you Google both their names an article with them both photographed is there, sorry but cant do the link at the moment.
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Old 27-04-2013, 12:41
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I always thought he was based on Richard Madeley with a but maybe that's too obvious?
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Old 27-04-2013, 14:38
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I heard somewhere that Coogan based the character on Fred Dinnage from Southern Regional News show later to become TVS.

I was once intervied by Meridian and asked the lady reporter if she knew if Fred was the inspiration, she did not answer but gave a wry smile.

In a similar vein who were Smashy and Nicey based on?

There seems to be alot of R1 DJs in the mix Kid Jensen, DLT and possibly Freeman (strangely no hint of Saville though)
According to Wikipedia

Mike Smash

Mike Smash was loosely based on Tony Blackburn, although he resembles Noel Edmonds and Mike Read in appearance, his vocalisation had similarities to Mike Read and pop star Cliff Richard. His DJ persona is shown as more lightweight and chirpy than Nice, although he is revealed as a troubled individual in private. The television special introduced elements of Noel Edmonds and Jimmy Savile into Smashie's character, with the Nice character played out similar stories to those from the lives of Mike Read, Bill Grundy and Kenny Everett. In the 1994 TV special, reflecting real events at Radio One, The DJs were sacked from Fab FM, in a manner that deliberately mirrored Simon Bates' and Dave Lee Travis' departure from Radio 1, being replaced with young, 'irreverent' DJs. They were banished to "Radio Quiet" and left to reminisce about the good old days and try to pretend to themselves that they were still a powerful cultural force. One notable catchphrase used by Smash was "lodda work for cheriddy [charity]".

Dave Nice

Quasi-Australian-accented ageing rocker Dave (short for, it was eventually revealed, Davenport rather than David) Nice was a mixture of the then Radio 1 Rock Show presenter Alan Freeman (whose radio persona deliberately bordered on self-parody) and Simon Bates, with elements of Dave Lee Travis and Tommy Vance. Nice was portrayed as more aggressive and angry than Smash, liking heavy rock and being very opinionated. In the 1994 TV special Smashie and Nicey: The End of an Era he was shown to be a misanthropic alcoholic, and of ambiguous sexuality. Later he was outed as gay, and in later years became more aggrieved and bigoted, complaining about immigrants.
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Old 27-04-2013, 16:07
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I always thought he was based on Richard Madeley with a but maybe that's too obvious?

I've always thought that too.

Jeremy Kyle's garbage is also sponsored by some company or other and I've always thought that Richard Madeley is the inspiration for the cartoon figure too.
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Old 27-04-2013, 17:07
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I think the sports presenter era Partridge contained a lot of Jim Rosenthal influence.

He seemed to cover/present every ITV sport programme in the late 80s and early 90s, and never seemed to understand the concept of any of them.

Coogan has said that Partridge isn't based on any single person though.
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Old 27-04-2013, 17:25
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I think we may have stumbled on something here, Coogan must have been around the regional radio stations and said he based his character on the most likely one at each station.

He was recently at Cromer in Norfolk, as his Alan Partridge character recording a film for the cinemas.
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Old 27-04-2013, 17:43
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I did read years ago that Coogan got some of the inspiration from Ian Masters, the host of Look East in the seventies.
Smashy and Nicey, I think, were Alan Freeman and Tony Blackburn or Simon Bates.
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Old 27-04-2013, 17:55
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I've heard Tony Wilson was an inspiration, not sure how true that is though. I don't think he's based on Richard Madeley, as I seem to remember Coogan saying the things Madeley says are TOO ridiculous for Partridge!
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Old 27-04-2013, 17:59
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I think he's based on an amalgamation of people. Nick Owen from Anne and Nick and now to be found on BBC Midlands news always seems slighty Partridgesque to me
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Old 27-04-2013, 18:17
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I always thought he was based on Richard Madeley with a but maybe that's too obvious?
Dick Madeley ? Surely Steve Coogan would never have demeaned himself by portraying someone (even in the guise of Alan Partridge) who would
i) marry someone old enough to be his grandmother,
and
ii) attempt to steal a bottle of wine and get caught for it ? ... to err is human and all that, but to really be a screw up you would have to be caught,
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Old 27-04-2013, 18:20
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Dick Madeley ? Surely Steve Coogan would never have demeaned himself by portraying someone (even in the guise of Alan Partridge) who would
i) marry someone old enough to be his grandmother,
and
ii) attempt to steal a bottle of wine and get caught for it ? ... to err is human and all that, but to really be a screw up you would have to be caught,
Ouch.
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Old 27-04-2013, 19:23
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Dick Madeley ? Surely Steve Coogan would never have demeaned himself by portraying someone (even in the guise of Alan Partridge) who would
i) marry someone old enough to be his grandmother,
and
ii) attempt to steal a bottle of wine and get caught for it ? ... to err is human and all that, but to really be a screw up you would have to be caught,
OOooo, that's harsh! Whatever the age difference and no matter how much of a turnip-head Madeley might be, he clearly loves Judy.
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Old 27-04-2013, 20:08
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I thought it was common knowledge that Wilson was one of them? Coogan of course played him in 24 hour party people aswell. Recently I'd started to wonder about David Coleman being an inspiration, certainly in terms of the voice.
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Old 28-04-2013, 03:35
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Just 12 seconds and you will know who the inspiration was (or at least one of them)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MsyOe7xCqg
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Old 28-04-2013, 03:43
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Alan Partridge is based on a Radio Norfolk DJ called Wally Webb

If you Google both their names an article with them both photographed is there, sorry but cant do the link at the moment.
This is what I've always thought. Don't think it was ever officially confirmed just assumed.
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Old 28-04-2013, 12:15
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Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Madeley and Michael Heseltine.

Put them altogether...you get AP
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Old 28-04-2013, 15:18
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Could we say Phil Schofield is a bit Alan Partridge now, he comes across as incredibly smug and false.
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Old 28-04-2013, 15:43
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I am sure I remember Steve Coogan in an interview say it was based on a number of people including Dale Franklin from QVC.

http://youtu.be/cv-WAVBhkrA
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Old 28-04-2013, 15:48
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You're all wrong

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Rider

Read the part about his personal life, it's comedy gold (if you're amused by Tory sociopaths)

Personal Life:
Rider objected to the building of affordable housing within East Portlemouth, where property prices had soared due to wealthy second home owners, leaving local people unable to afford to live within their own communities. The objections were quashed by South Hams council.[4][5] In 2007, Rider's son's birthday party was disturbed when a canister of CS gas was set off.[6]
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Old 28-04-2013, 18:45
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I always thought his speech and delivery was based on David Coleman.
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