Alan Partridge is returning with a new TV talk show

By The Newsroom
Monday, 12 February, 2018, 09:31

AHA! Steve Coogan's infamous comedy creation Alan Partridge has finally got that second series. Well - sort of.

Twenty-five years after the disastrous, fictional TV host accidentally shot a guest live on his swiftly cancelled show 'Knowing Me, Knowing You', Partridge is returning to the world of chat.

Filming on This Time With Alan Partridge began today. And it sounds like it could be an appropriately shambolic send-up of The One Show.

'Equidistant between chitchat and analysis'

Over six episodes later this year, Partridge will be presenting a mix of "consumer affairs, current affairs, viewer interaction, highbrow interview and lightweight froth".

"The perfect fit for a man whose broadcasting style has been described as 'equidistant between chitchat and analysis'," notes the BBC.

Actress Susannah Fielding will portray Alan's onscreen co-presenter Jennie Gresham, while comedian Tim Key returns as sidekick Simon Denton - who also appeared on Sky show Mid Morning Matters and big screen Partridge outing Alpha Papa.

Whether or not Alan will get a second shot at This Time after the first series airs is anyone's guess. But at least long-standing nemesis Tony Hayers is no longer around to thwart him.

This Time With Alan Partridge will air on BBC One later this year