If you didn’t know Alan Partridge was returning to our television screens, where have you been? The BBC has launched a new trailer for Partridge’s return in ‘This Time with Alan Partridge.
The latest chapter in Partridge’s life will see Alan (Steve Coogan) 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 consisting of 6 half-hour episodes 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.’
Coogan is joined on the sofa by Susannah Fielding as his female co-presenter Jennie Gresham, and Tim Key as Simon ‘formerly Sidekick Simon’ Denton. Felicity Montagu will also be reprising her thankless role as Alan’s long-suffering assistant Lynn.
An air date has not been set but we’re told it’s coming soon.