Alan Partridge to return to TV?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 June 2011
Steve Coogan

Steve Coogan

Steve Coogan is reportedly in discussions with the BBC about bringing comic character Alan Partridge back to TV screens

Steve Coogan is in discussions about the possibility of bringing back Alan Partridge.

The British comedian - who is best known for playing the politically incorrect media personality - is reportedly in talks with the BBC about reworking online show 'Mid Morning Matters', which features the character on his North Norfolk Digital radio show, for TV.

A spokesman for the broadcaster told The Guardian newspaper discussions about the re-launch of the project are at a "very early stage".

The 12-part series was launched online in November - where it has attracted more than four million YouTube hits - thanks to funding from alcohol brand Foster's.

Each episode of the online show - which is co-written by Steve, Armando Iannucci, Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons - lasts for 10 minutes, but there are thought to be plans to turn the series into six 30-minute TV episodes.

The comic character has not appeared in a full TV series since the second run of 'I'm Alan Partridge' - which follows the life of the titular character, who presents a local radio programme in Norwich after failing as a TV personality - was broadcast in 2002 after first airing in 1997.

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