Alan Partridge is set to return to BBC One, a quarter of a century after the Steve Coogan character’s BBC debut.
Filming has begun today on the new half hour show.
The BBC have released details of the new show – “a heady mix of consumer affairs, current affairs, viewer interaction, highbrow interview and lightweight froth, ”which will see Partridge “finally recognised as one of the heavyweight broadcasters of his era.”
The weekday evening show This Time, will be Alan’s first return to live television since his 90s chat show Knowing Me, Knowing You was cancelled after a guest was fatally shot on air.
The new show will see the Norwich broadcaster handed a career lifeline – the chance to stand in (temporarily) as co-host on This Time, an evening weekday magazine show.
The character first created in the 90’s by Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci was last seen on the box in Sky Atlantic’s Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle and Mid Morning Matters. And Alan even made it onto the big screen in the 2013 movie Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.
Joining Steve Coogan on the sofa will be Susannah Fielding (Pete versus Life, The Great Indoors, Black Mirror) as his female co-presenter Jennie Gresham, and Tim Key returns to Partridge’s side as Simon ‘formerly Sidekick Simon’ Denton.
The new six part series is written by Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons and Steve Coogan; directed by Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons.
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