Alan Partridge is back with a brand new BBC show

Alan Partridge is back with a brand new BBC show

The new show is to be entitled This Time With Alan Partridge, it has been revealed today, with Steve Coogan's creation being handed a career lifeline: the chance to stand in (temporarily) as co-host on This Time, an One Show-style evening weekday magazine show.

The details of Alan Partridge's long awaited return to the BBC have been announced, and it sounds like the Norfolk icon is hosting his very own answer to The One Show.

Before Ron Burgundy was drinking scotch on live TV, Alan Partridge was raising the bar for journalists everywhere by asking people to smell his cheese. And with an array of diverse subjects on the agenda, it promises the flawless fit for a man whose broadcasting style has been described as "equidistant between chitchat and analysis".

Coogan will be joined in the series by Susannah Fielding, who has starred in Black Mirror and CBS comedy The Great Indoors and plays his female co-presenter Jennie Gresham, as well as Tim Key, who plays Simon "formerly Sidekick Simon" Denton, who first appeared in Partridge's online series Mid Morning Matters. Further casting is expected.

"It's interesting bringing Alan back to the BBC, which is where he was born as a concept", Coogan explained in a special retrospective documentary, which aired in December.

Alan's return to the BBC was first announced past year, with Coogan claiming that he would become the "voice of Brexit".

"He's nervous because he knows how badly he screwed things up last time. You've got to doubt it".

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