Filming has already begun on Alan Partridge’s new BBC series, but never fear, because the broadcasting legend will have his faithful assistant, Lynn, with him.
Yes, Felicity Montagu will join Steve Coogan to reprise her famous role across BBC One’s This Time With Alan Partridge. The announcement was made at BBC Worldwide’s Showcase in Liverpool where Coogan and Christine Langan, CEO of Baby Cow Productions, were talking on a panel about TV comedy.
Montagu played the part of the overworked Lynn in two seasons of I’m Alan Partridge, before returning in Alan’s big screen outing, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. Now, as he heads back to the BBC after a stint on Sky, the Beeb is getting the duo back together.
This Time With Alan Partridge will see Alan handed a career lifeline – the chance to stand in (temporarily) as co-host on This Time, an evening weekday magazine show. His first return to live television since his 90s chat show Knowing Me, Knowing You was cancelled after a guest was fatally shot on air, This Time is the perfect shop window for a man of Alan’s gravitas and will, or should, see him finally recognised as one of the heavyweight broadcasters of his era.
The show itself promises “a heady mix of consumer affairs, current affairs, viewer interaction, highbrow interview and lightweight froth; very much the sweet spots for a man whose CV boasts over two decades of weekday local radio”.
Joining Coogan on the sofa will be Susannah Fielding as his co-presenter, Jennie Gresham, and Tim Key as Simon ‘formerly Sidekick Simon’ Denton. Further casting will be announced in due course.
The six-party comedy will be shown on BBC One later this year, a quarter of a century after Alan’s BBC debut.
First look at Alan Partridge’s comeback BBC series
The BBC has finally given Alan Partridge a new series, as the nation’s favourite sports commentator-turned-interviewer returns to the talk show sofa for an evening magazine show.
Called This Time, Partridge will step in later this year as co-host on the weekday series, which promises “a heady mix of consumer affairs, current affairs, viewer interaction, highbrow interview and lightweight froth”. Sounding an awful lot like The One Show, the BBC describe it as “very much the sweet spot for a man whose CV boasts over two decades of weekday local radio”.
It marks the radio veteran’s first return to live TV a quarter of a century after his BBC debut. That was his 90s chat show Knowing Me, Knowing You, which was cancelled after a guest was fatally shot on air.
“This Time is the perfect shop window for a man of Alan’s gravitas,” said the BBC in a statment, “and will, or should, see him finally recognised as one of the heavyweight broadcasters of his era”.
With an array of diverse subjects on the agenda, it promises the perfect fit for a man whose broadcasting style has been described as “equidistant between chitchat and analysis”.
Joining Steve Coogan on the sofa will be Susannah Fielding as his female co-presenter Jennie Gresham, and Tim Key as Simon “formerly Sidekick Simon” Denton. The rest of the cast will be announced in due course.
The new series is written by Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons and Steve Coogan and directed by Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons. The producer is Ted Dowd and the executive producers are Christine Langan and Steve Coogan.
This Time With Alan Partridge will air on BBC One later this year.