Filming begins on new Alan Partridge series for BBC One

Lawrence Kim
February 12, 2018

The BBC has finally begun filming their upcoming Alan Partridge project, the broadcaster detailing what exactly the highly-anticipated return will entail.

It's described as a "heady mix" of consumer affairs, news, "highbrow interviews and lightweight froth".

In recent years, we were treated to the absolute joy of watching Alan's deep-dive on the impact of ecstasy and he's back for some hard-hitting journalism in his new show and it sounds like a cracker.

Steve Coogan's comic creation will return to the Beeb later this year to take on the gig of a lifetime as the (temporary) stand-in co-host of an evening weekday magazine show, This Time.

This Time is described as "the flawless shop window for a man of Alan's gravitas" and it's hoped "will, or should, see him finally recognised as one of the heavyweight broadcasters of his era". "And with an array of diverse subjects on the agenda, it promises the ideal fit for a man whose broadcasting style has been described as "equidistant between chitchat and analysis". The character has since spawned a movie, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, and programmes such as Alan Partridge's Scissored Isle for paycaster Sky.

Coogan will be joined in the series by Susannah Fielding, who has starred in Black Mirror and CBS comedy The Great Indoors and plays his female co-presenter Jennie Gresham, as well as Tim Key, who plays Simon "formerly Sidekick Simon" Denton, who first appeared in Partridge's online series Mid Morning Matters.

While it seems similar to The One Show, fronted by Matt Baker and Alex Jones, filming isn't actually taking place at the BBC itself.

This Time is a Baby Cow production, written by Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons and Steve Coogan, and directed by Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons.

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