Steve Coogan is bringing Alan Partridge back to the BBC for a new series that has started filming and it’s guaranteed to grab you by the jaffas.
This Time With Alan Partridge will air on BBC One later this year, more than 25 years on from the character’s debut.
Based on the character created by Coogan alongside Armando Iannucci, the new six-part show will see Partridge given the one thing he’s been dreaming all these years: a second series.
Well, sort of. The series sees Partridge given the opportunity to temporarily stand in as the co-host of the evening weekday series This Time.
A thinly-veiled spoof of the popular 7pm current and consumer affairs series The One Show, This Time mixes viewer interaction with highbrow interviews and a bit of lightweight froth.
Throw the character of Partridge – returning to live TV for the first time since his 90s chat show disaster Knowing Me, Knowing You was cancelled after a guest was fatally shot on the air – and you have a recipe for comedy gold.
Black Mirror star Susannah Fielding will also feature on the series as Partridge’s new female co-presenter Jennie Gresham while Tim Key will also return as Simon Denton.
“Sidekick Simon” previously appeared on Mid Morning Matters, the Alan Partridge series that featured on Sky Atlantic alongside Coogan’s spoof travel series Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle.
Written by Coogan, Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons, who also direct, the series has all the necessary ingredients for another comedy classic and a worthy inclusion in the ever-expanding Partridge universe.
Coogan previously enjoyed critical and commercial success with the release of an Alan Partridge movie: Alpha Papa and all indications suggest this new series will maintain the high standards set by the previous entries on Sky and the BBC.
All together now: “Smell my cheese!”
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