They were both filmed the same way, in a TV studio with an audience present. However they filmed the studio scenes in 4-walled sets rather than the usual 3 walled ones for greater realism. So the audience aren't watching them directly, they watching on screens, but the actors are playing to the laughter of a live audience apart from when there's a location scene, which I don't think there were that many of.
That's one of the reasons why people thought it was false laughter, the hotel reception looked real, not a sitcom studio set. The same for the caravan and its exterior, it was in the studio
The difference between series 1 and 2 was what came between. The two big sitcom hits in that time were The Royle Family and The Office, neither of which had laughter. In fact series 2 of IAP had the same slot as The Office:
And from the horses mouth:
Meanwhile, Steve Coogan recalls how critical consensus shifted between the first and second series of I'm Alan Partridge in 1997 and 2002, between which The Office had been a hit. "We did the second series and people said: 'Why's there all this canned laughter?' We said, There's no canned laughter, it's real audience laughter because we're in a studio and they're laughing. But they choose to ignore what you've just said and say, 'Yes, but why is there canned laughter?'"
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