Alan Partridge to star in new Sky Atlantic series and specials

Sky’s not the limit for the legendary broadcaster (he also has a film coming out)

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Never a man to rest on his laurels, broadcaster and author Alan Partridge is embracing the digital future and making a move to satellite broadcaster BSkyB, also known simply as “Sky”.

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Partridge, who left the BBC after a successful series (and a Christmas special!) of chat show Knowing me, Knowing You (A-ha!), and two runs of powerful fly-on-the-wall documentary series I’m Alan Partridge, is no stranger to ones and zeros, having since fronted a popular radio show Mid-Morning Matters on North Norfolk Digital.

Partridge’s deal with Sky will include a six-part re-edited version of that series – first shown online via the Foster’s Funny initiative – followed by a new second series, as well as two hour-long TV specials, all to be shown on Sky Atlantic.

Welcome to the Places of My Life will follow Partridge on a tour of his beloved Norfolk, while a second film will see him interviewed for a local book club by author Chris Beal (also known as Peep Show co-creator Robert Popper).

Meanwhile, The Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci, who is executive producing the two specials, is also in charge of a big screen outing for Partridge, set for release next year.

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Partridge’s spokesman Steve Coogan said of the Sky deal: “Alan has been off the TV for too long but he is even more excited than me about his chance to have a second bite of the cherry. Alan feels the second decade of the millennium is the right time.” 

No doubt his many, many fans will agree…