Comedy writing duo Neil and Rob Gibbons, who penned tonight's Welcome to the Places of My Life, revealed that they have steered away from the tone of a usual Partridge show.
Neil Gibbons told the Radio Times: "We didn't say right, let's crowbar some pathos in. But we did think that to sustain it for an hour we needed to pull back the curtain a little bit more.
"We wanted Welcome to be a slightly more personal journey than he anticipated: another story bubbles away on the side which gives us an excuse to drop the TV presenter act a bit."
Teasing Partridge's presenting style, he added: "It was meant to be more that Alan has seen those programmes and seen them do well. He's thought, I could do that. Alan watches the way the wind blows in broadcasting."
Welcome to the Places of My Life, starring Steve Coogan, airs tonight (June 25) on Sky Atlantic at 9pm.