Alan Partridge's Irish lookalike leaves BBC viewers in hysterics with rendition of ‘Come Out Ye Black & Tans’
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Alan Partridge's Irish lookalike leaves BBC viewers in hysterics with rendition of ‘Come Out Ye Black & Tans’

"Oh my god, that was like an advert for the IRA".

BBC viewers were treated to the single most hilarious Alan Partridge moment in years last night as Steve Coogan's gaffe-prone character came face-to-face with his Irish doppelgänger.

Episode 4 of the new series This Time With Alan Partridge concluded with snaggle-toothed Sligo farmer Martin Brennan, also played by Coogan, sitting down with his British looalike for an interview about his life as a farmer in Ireland.

Then, this happened...

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As the credits began to roll, Martin and his country band suddenly broke out into song with Irish rebel anthems ‘Come Out Ye Black and Tans’ and ‘Men Behind the Wire’ – much to the chagrin of Alan himself.

In classic Partridge style, the blundering presenter then turned to co-host Jennie (Susannah Fielding) and muttered: "Oh my god, that was like an advert for the IRA".

The bizarre scene left viewers in tears just minutes before BBC News at Ten – perhaps the last place anyone expected to hear about the green and lovely lanes of Killashandra after St Patrick's Day.

Needless to say, the reaction online was something else...

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