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”.
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.
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…