Alan Partridge returning to screens next month, Steve Coogan confirms

Smell my cheese you mother, because Alan Partridge is officially returning to TV next month.

Comedian Steve Coogan – who plays the inept Radio Norwich DJ – has confirmed that Partridge will be back on screens this February with a magazine-style chat show called This Time With Alan Partridge.

Spoofing programmes like the BBC’s One Show, it will see him attempt to get ‘on message’ and explore serious issues such as the #MeToo movement – with a Partridge twist.

“What we do is we have him trying to jump on the bandwagon and say, you know, he says ‘Hey! I’ve made mistakes, I’ve stood on the side of the sidewalk and slow hand-clapped while I watch a woman try to parallel park, you know, and I feel bad about that. And now if I saw a woman doing it now, I would shout instructions,’" Coogan revealed on podcast, WTF with Marc Maron.

"He’s sometimes ignorant and prejudiced but he tries to do the right thing. Early on we made him too predictably conservative a bit like shooting fish in a barrel – a caricature," Coogan continued.

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Alan Partridge returning to screens next month, Steve Coogan confirms

Alan Partridge is returning to our screens next month
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Alan Partridge returning to screens next month, Steve Coogan confirms

The guileless radio host will be tackling the big issues
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"Whereas now we do him as someone who realises that he’s got to get on message. He’s struggling to do the thing he’s supposed to.”

Alan will host alongside a male and female co-presenter, and Coogan explained that Partridge’s complete lack of filter allows him to make some ‘atrocious’ arguments.

“Me Too – there’s a whole episode about that. That’s such a difficult topic for anyone to talk about for anyone to say anything about, but if you’re doing a character it weirdly gives you this licence to. You can get things wrong in a big way and it’s fine because it’s him doing it," he explained.

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Alan Partridge returning to screens next month, Steve Coogan confirms

He’s moved on from the mobile home
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Alan Partridge returning to screens next month, Steve Coogan confirms

Partridge’s last TV show ended in horror when he shot a guest
(Image: BBC)

“You’re not sanctioning or agreeing with what he’s saying, you’re saying ‘this guy gets things wrong’ so you have licence to do it. And this is the crucial thing, because you’ve got a comic character he can say stuff that you go, ‘that is so off message,’ but sometimes he can say stuff that’s true that I can’t say. So the fool can point something out that everyone secretly knows to be true.”

“You’re not saying that he’s right and you’re not saying that he’s wrong. It allows you to sprinkle a little humanity on arguments that are atrocious.”

The show marks Alan’s return to TV following the collapse of his 90s chat show, Knowing Me, Knowing You, which came crashing down when he shot a guest on air.

It will co-star Susannah Fielding as presenter Jennie Gersham and Tim Key as Simon Denton, and is expected to run for six episodes.

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