Alan Partridge to return in new BBC show

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  • Steve Coogan will reprise his role of Alan Partridge for a new series this year
  • This Time With Alan Partridge on BBC One sees radio DJ hosting a TV show
  • Show sees Partridge temporarily stand in to co-host evening magazine show
  • It’ll be his first return to live television since Knowing Me, Knowing You in 90s

Mark Duell for MailOnline

Steve Coogan will reprise his role of Alan Partridge for a new series that sees the radio DJ hosting a TV show.

Filming has begun on This Time With Alan Partridge, which will air on BBC One later this year, 25 years after his BBC debut.

The six-part show will see Partridge given the chance to temporarily stand in to co-host This Time, an evening weekday magazine show.

Steve Coogan's Alan Partridge will return for a new show This Time With Alan Partridge (above)

Steve Coogan's Alan Partridge will return for a new show This Time With Alan Partridge (above)

Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge will return for a new show This Time With Alan Partridge (above)

Partridge hosted Mid Morning Matters on Sky Atlantic over two series in 2010-11 and 2016

Partridge hosted Mid Morning Matters on Sky Atlantic over two series in 2010-11 and 2016

Partridge hosted Mid Morning Matters on Sky Atlantic over two series in 2010-11 and 2016

Partridge starred in his own film called Alpha Papa in 2013, which grossed more than £7million

Partridge starred in his own film called Alpha Papa in 2013, which grossed more than £7million

Partridge starred in his own film called Alpha Papa in 2013, which grossed more than £7million

It will be the fictional broadcaster’s first return to live television since his ’90s chat show Knowing Me, Knowing You was cancelled after a guest was fatally shot on air.

The programme has been described as ‘a heady mix of consumer affairs, current affairs, viewer interaction, highbrow interview and lightweight froth’.

His new gig also promises to be ‘very much the sweet spot for a man whose CV boasts over two decades of weekday local radio’.

Black Mirror actress Susannah Fielding will play his co-presenter, Jennie Gresham, while Tim Key will return as Simon ‘formerly Sidekick Simon’ Denton.

Partridge was in the 1997 comedy I'm Alan Partridge during which he lived in a roadside hotel

Partridge was in the 1997 comedy I'm Alan Partridge during which he lived in a roadside hotel

Partridge was in the 1997 comedy I’m Alan Partridge during which he lived in a roadside hotel

Partridge presents a graveyard radio slot in I'm Alan Partridge, with a second series in 2002

Partridge presents a graveyard radio slot in I'm Alan Partridge, with a second series in 2002

Partridge presents a graveyard radio slot in I’m Alan Partridge, with a second series in 2002

Full casting will be announced in due course and all six half-hour episodes will air later this year. Coogan will also serve as co-writer and an executive producer.

The show has been co-written by twin brothers Neil and Rob Gibbons, who are the also the directors. The programme is being produced by Baby Cow for the BBC.

The concept appears to be a parody on The One Show, the BBC One magazine show that has run since 2006 and is presented by Alex Jones and Matt Baker.

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