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24 August 2017, 14:36
And Steve Coogan's washed-up radio DJ isn't the only comedy returning to the BBC.
If you’re a fan of awkward comedy, then we have some great news. Alan Partridge is set to return to the BBC.
Steve Coogan thinks the time is right to reprise his most famous comic character and has confirmed he will play the inept radio presenter once more on the channel, which ran I’m Alan Partridge from 1997-2002.
Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, Steve said: "Alan will be back on the BBC early next year, there will be a lot of Alan on TV next year." Actually, BBC Two will broadcast a 25th anniversary special before the end of this year, before a new BBC One series in 2018.
“Alan Partridge has finally got his new series ”https://t.co/wTmJYzMbu5— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) August 24, 2017
The 51-year-old actor admitted he is inspired by current programmes like The One Show and thinks Alan could have been the perfect host.
He said: "He'll just be back on a show, it might be a bit like this. I'm here to do research. Alan feels he could have invented The One Show and been its main anchor over the years. He is in some ways like a real person because when you write him, you feel."
"Forget about it, Partridge." [Picture: BBC]
We wonder what current hosts of The One Show, Alex Jones and Matt Baker, think of their fictional competitor?
But the Radio Norwich graveyard shift DJ isn’t the only cult comedy legend who’s resurfacing. The surreal antics of The League of Gentlemen are also going to be given another outing.
Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), Steve Pemberton (Benidorm), Reece Shearsmith (Inside No. 9) and Jeremy Dyson (Tracey Ullman’s Show) are set to revive the strange residents of Royston Vasey in three episodes of the black comedy. It will tie in with the show’s 20th anniversary.
"Are you a local?" [Picture: BBC]
So it looks like fans of eccentric British comedy have a lot to look forward to next year. What a treat!