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There’s A Day-Long Alan Partridge Festival Coming To Manchester

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There’s an Alan Partridge festival coming to Manchester next month to celebrate 20 years of the comedy character.

Tickets go on sale at noon on Thursday for the AHA! I’m Alan Partridge event, which features back to back screenings of the I’m Alan Partridge programmes and even themed Alan Partridge food.

And you should probably think about dressing as the great man.

The event will be held at Gorilla as a collaboration between the Pilot Light TV Festival.

Organisers explain: “Alan Partridge is a fictional character so engrained in British culture that you are highly likely to encounter a ‘Partridge’ reference, catchphrase or mannerism in any given situation in your modern day to day life.

“Such is the genius impact of this character, originally created by Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci for the 1991 BBC Radio 4 comedy programme On the Hour.”

On August 20, there will be a marathon of both series of the BBC show with an exclusive video introduction from co-creator of the show Armando Iannucci, a Q&A with actor Simon Greenall (AKA Michael the Geordie) and writer Neil Gibbons, plus Alan-themed lovely stuff throughout the day.

“AHA! Is a celebration of one of England’s most valued national treasures and icons, Alan Partridge.

“Known for his mostly outstanding contribution to British television, film, radio and literature; Alan ‘The Money’ Partridge has become one of the most iconic figures in British culture alongside Jet from Gladiators, Dale Winton and Chris Eubank.”

They add: “No official dress code is required, but lightweight trousers, padded gilets, driving gloves and blazers bearing the words Knowing Me, Knowing You in Latin (Cognoscens Me, Cognoscens Te – Aha) would be welcomed, or the classic Partridge looks of ‘sports casual’, ‘imperial leisure’ and ‘strolling pastel’ also encouraged. “

It’s £16.50 for tickets – click here for more details.

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