The last time that Alan Partridge hosted a BBC primetime show, he was broadcast live because he had hit his boss in the face of a turkey. Now that the world is "Alan oriented," Norfolk's most famous radio DJ returns with This Part and Alan Partridge from the wild.
Steve Coogan said it feels "right" for his character to return, especially in the light of Brexit: "The BBC may have a letter that a certain section of the audience has been disenfranchised … Alan could possibly portray this. You can imagine that they think we could give this guy another bite of the cherry. "
In an act of the Arch self-satire competing with its own W1A, the BBC Partridge has once again led the way in a one-show style live magazine. Partridge becomes the stand-in moderator after the beloved host becomes ill. "He did not want to be back at the BBC," Coogan said, "but if there's an opportunity, he had to get involved."
His creation has transformed over 25 years from "unreconstructed, over-conservative little Englishman" to a more nuanced figure. "Now he's a bit more like David Cameron. He is economically conservative, but he understands that you have to be socially liberal. He tries to accept things and tries to deal with the message … but he is not really that way. "
The humor has gone far beyond the ridicule of people who are intolerant. "It's funnier to choose people who are trying to adopt what is known as correct thinking and not getting it right." Today's world is a rich choice for Partridge: "He's trying to do that To be in tune with the spirit of the times. You do not feel like whipping a dead horse because you can adapt it to the time and adapt to his attitude. "
Originally developed by Coogan along with Armando Iannucci and Patrick Marber for the Radio 4 comedy On the Hour in 1991, Partridge has become one of the most popular comedy characters of all time. His shows include Alan Partridge and I know you. More recently, Coogan has worked with writers Neil and Rob Gibbons on the movie Alpha Papa and Parodies I, Partridge, and Nomad, and went to Sky with shows like Mid Morning Matters and Scissored Isle.
In fact, Partridge is so familiar to the fans that production can rest on its laurels. "You can just remove the whole comedy and let Alan take a serious look at the camera," Neil Gibbons said, and there's nothing left but "the anticipation of what he'll do."
The magazine's show format allows viewers to watch Partridge's raids on live footage as well as take pictures of his ego, reassured by Lynn, his boring assistant. It also offers Partridgean tirades for everything from hand hygiene (which makes them rummaging around outside the BBC toilets and checking on-site colleagues) to hacking.
However, there was a clear problem in bringing him into that situation, Gibbons said: "In the early days of Alan, there was a high wire he went through because he expected professionalism. If someone fluffed a line or got a wrong name or said something stupid, it was embarrassing. But these days, it's people who get a job on TV. "
He likened Partridge to moderators like Piers Morgan. "The producers of Good Morning Britain do not tear their hair out and think," I wish he would stop saying something insulting. "They think, That's why he's on the show. "Put Alan in a world where his blatant buffoonery is part of the selling point, there's no place he could fall. "
This time with Alan Partridge starts at BBC One on February 25 at 9:30 pm