Watch: Alan Partridge's Sligo farmer and Partridge lookalike singing rebel songs on the BBC
The final few moments of Monday night's episode of This Time with Alan Partridge have caused quite a stir.
In honour of St Patrick's Day the latest episode of the BBC parody magazine show featured an Irish guest, a Sligo farmer and Alan Partridge lookalike called Martin.
Martin, played by Steve Coogan (whose mother's family hails from Mayo), insisted he had never heard of Partridge, and then sang rebel songs - 'Come Out Ye Black and Tans' and 'Men Behind the Wire' - in studio, on primetime BBC.
Vol. Alan Partridge pic.twitter.com/Uk9sfTtmFq— Tam Sellics son (@gibbogibby1) March 18, 2019
“Oh my God, that was like an advert for the IRA," declared a flustered Partridge as the segment drew to a close and the credits rolled.
The sketch drew quite a reaction on social media.
I get the feeling that Irish Alan Partridge moment on last night’s This Time With Alan Partridge will go down as a classic moment in comedy history... right up there with “That’s very nearly an armful” and Eric & Ernie’s kitchen dance @neilgibbons pic.twitter.com/B5Sm3sSMzl— nathan bevan (@nathbevan) March 19, 2019
Genuinely watched that last 2 mins of last night's Alan Partridge about 100 times— Danny (@BrianKiddsMate) March 19, 2019
More from Irish Alan Partridge lol 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/duz8laaC2a— John Joe (@uptheDubs10) March 19, 2019
Can't believe this was on the BBC 😂pic.twitter.com/vKTDAMHRPo— Péig Dobbin (@pdobbin91) March 18, 2019
I can't stop watching Irish Alan Partridge. #LynneIdeaForSpinoff— Edie Mullen ノンセンスー・ローユド (@ediemullen) March 19, 2019
Still laughing about the fact we got the Alan Partridge version of Us last night. pic.twitter.com/32mJkd0Rw9— Nick de Semlyen (@NickdeSemlyen) March 19, 2019
Irish Alan Partridge singing Rebel songs to English Alan Partridge, the pinnacle of my TV watching career. #absolutegenious— Neil Redmond (@neilred42) March 19, 2019
This is the best thing I’ve ever seen. 😂😂 https://t.co/YfClZcgAFH— Kevin Kilbane (@kdkilbane77) March 19, 2019
Coogan has previously addressed his Partridge character's references to the Irish.
"I'm half Irish and Alan does make all sorts of Irish references. I spent nearly every summer of my life growing up in the west of Ireland and I'm very familiar with Mayo and Cork and west Cork," he told RTE ahead of the release of the Partridge movie Alpha Papa in 2013.
"A lot of the humour I do as Alan is British prejudice against the Irish which can sound just like jokes against the Irish but it has to be put into the context of Alan's ignorance which is why we get away with it."
This Time with Alan Partridge airs on BBC1 at 9.30pm on Mondays.