Alan Partridge has finally been given a second series by the BBC.
Steve Coogan’s TV presenter, radio broadcaster made his BBC debut a quarter of a century ago, with ill-fated 90s chat show Knowing Me, Knowing You. Last week, he returned to the BBC to stand in as a presenter on magazine show This Time.
“Partridge has bounced back – and he just might be better than ever,” we wrote in our review of the spoof of the light entertaining programme.
That series is written by Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons, as well as Coogan, the writing duo who have taken on the character since his web series Mid-Morning Matters, including his feature film Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. Now, the pair have revealed that they have a new show in the works for the BBC.
Speaking on the Empire Film Podcast (picked up by Chortle), they said: “There are other formats on our list, one of which we’re – I don’t know if we can talk about it – but we’re about to shoot another Partridge series.”
The series will see Alan “trying his hand at something else”.
It will follow both This Time and a sketch recorded for Comic Relief this year, which will air on Friday 15th March during the telethon. More details on the new series haven’t been revealed, with the Gibbons also refusing to confirm whether popular sidekick Michael, who debuted in sitcom I’m Alan Partridge, will return, after his apparent demise at the end of Alpha Papa.
The Gibbons brothers also declined to confirm whether Partridge’s pal Michael was dead after plunging off Cromer Pier at the end of the Alpha Papa film. At a recent screening of This Time, Coogan said they’ve “got plans for Michael”, but didn’t explain further.
Alan’s new BBC series will film in May.