New TV series for Alan Partridge

Saturday 11th February 2017, 8:16pm

Alan Partridge's Scissored Isle. Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan)
  • Steve Coogan has revealed that Alan Partridge is to return to television
  • Coogan said of the DJ: "He'll return to the small screen in a way that we're trying to devise at the moment"
  • Meanwhile the actor, talking about Donald Trump, said the new US president is "an uber-Partridge"

Alan Partridge is to return to television.

Steve Coogan revealed in an interview today that he will return as his famous comedy character, but it's likely to be in a new show rather than another series of Mid Morning Matters.

The actor, who is currently at the Berlin Film Festival, revealed the news in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

He said: "We're doing some more Alan at the end of this year. He'll return to the small screen in a way that we're trying to devise at the moment. We're not quite sure what that is, but we've got a few ideas that I'm going to keep up my sleeve at the moment. But there'll be more Alan, there'll be a regular appearance of Alan and some of the usual suspects."

No other details have been revealed so it is not known what the show will be called, nor which channel it is for, but recent Partridge series have all been broadcast by Sky Atlantic. The channel screened a second series of Mid Morning Matters With Alan Partridge in February last year, and spoof documentary Alan Partridge's Scissored Isle (pictured) was shown in May. The Trip - the series that Coogan films with Rob Brydon - is also moving to Sky Atlantic for its forthcoming third series.

Coogan was at the Berlin Film Festival for the world premiere of The Dinner, a film about a meal between two couples, in which he co-stars with Laura Linney, Rebecca Hall and Richard Gere. The first reviews of the movie have been very mixed, ranging from a one-star Guardian review to a positive Variety review.

During his interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Coogan also spoke about the new US President, saying: "In some ways the only person on Earth who's more Alan Partridge than Alan Partridge is Donald Trump." He added: "Even Alan Partridge would think Donald Trump is a bit much. I thought Nigel Farage was the incarnation of Alan Partridge, a nightmare version of Alan Partridge who actually wields some power, but I would have never predicted the leader of the free world would be an uber-Partridge."

Further details on the new Alan Partridge project are expected to be revealed in coming months. Aside from The Trip, Coogan's other comedy projects this year include Stan And Ollie, a new BBC film in which he plays Stan Laurel alongside John C. Reilly as
Oliver Hardy.

Alan Partridge: Nomad, the book that was released in October, remains on the comedy best-sellers chart at the time of writing. Below is a free chapter from the audiobook version. By taking out a trial of Audible, fans can download the audiobook for free

Below is a clip from The Trip To Spain:

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