In August 2017, it was confirmed in Edinburgh that Alan Partridge would be returning to the BBC in 2018 and now the BBC have revealed a lot more about the project, including the title, This Time with Alan Partridge.
The new series will air on BBC One later this year, 25 years after his BBC debut and will see Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) stand in temporarily as co-host of BBC One’s evening weekday magazine show, This Time.
The last time Alan hosted live television was Knowing Me, Knowing You, his nineties chat show 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 and will, or should, see him finally recognised as one of the heavyweight broadcasters of his era.
The six-part series itself is being described as “a heady mix of consumer affairs, current affairs, viewer interaction, highbrow interview and lightweight froth”. Perfect 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.’
Joining Steve Coogan on the sofa will be his female co-presenter Jennie Gresham played by Susannah Fielding and Simon ‘formerly Sidekick Simon’ Denton, played by Tim Key.
The BBC have also teased that full casting will be announced in due course.
This Time with Alan Partridge will air on BBC One later this year