'Alan would have voted Brexit for sure,' Coogan said

By Nick Romano
August 24, 2017 at 08:08 AM EDT
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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

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Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan‘s narcissistic, inept comedy persona, is making a comeback on BBC One and BBC Two.

Shane Allen, BBC Comedy controller, confirmed that BBC Two will broadcast an anniversary special by the end of the year, marking the 25 years since Partridge roared onto BBC Radio in 1992. Another series will air on BBC One next year, and both will be produced by Baby Cow Productions.

“Alan will be back on the BBC early next year, there will be a lot of Alan on TV next year,” Coogan told reporters at the Edinburgh International Television Festival (via The Telegraph). “I’m trying to do a leak to the press about it. He’ll just be back on a show, it might be a bit like this. I’m here to do research.”

“It’s conceivable because in this age of Brexit, they [the BBC] might think they need to get in touch with the ‘Little Englanders’ they ignore,” Coogan told The New European of Partridge’s possible return earlier this month. “Alan would have voted Brexit for sure. Hard Brexit, given the choice,” he remarked in a separate chat. “He’s a Brexiteer because The Daily Mail told him to be.”

Partridge is a creation of Coogan and Veep’s Armando Iannucci from 1991, spawning several series and specials, as well as an Alan Partridge feature film. “Alan Partridge is in the top tier of comedy characters of all time, it fills my comedy heart with joy to welcome him back to BBC One and BBC Two,” Allen said in a statement.

In addition, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Jeremy Dyson, and Reece Shearsmith will reunite to bring back The League of Gentlemen to mark the 20th anniversary of the comedy, BBC News confirmed. Patrick Holland from BBC Two described it as a “much anticipated return.”

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