Felicity Montagu has been confirmed by Steve Coogan that she’ll be returning to the Partridge fold in This Time With Alan Partridge, which is coming to BBC1 later on in 2018, some 25 years after Alan Partridge’s BBC debut, so yes, Partridge finally gets that second series at the BBC! Smell my cheeeeeese!
The show will see Alan (Steve Coogan, also known for The Trip trilogy) 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 is 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. And 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”.
Alongside Felicity Montagu and Steve Coogan will be Susannah Fielding Alan’s as his female co-presenter Jennie Gresham, and Tim Key as Simon ‘formerly Sidekick Simon’ Denton. Full casting is still to be announced.
Writers: Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons, Steve Coogan
Directors: Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons
Producer: Ted Dowd
Executive Producers: Christine Langan, Steve Coogan
The series was ordered for BBC One by Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning. The Commissioner for the BBC is Kate Daughton, and the show is a Baby Cow production for BBC. The series will comprise of six 30-minute episodes.
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