Alan Partridge has emailed everyone at the BBC to let them know “it’s time for a clean slate and no hard feelings” ahead of his long-awaited return to the Corporation.
The presenter returns in This Time with Alan Partridge on BBC One at 9.30pm tonight. His former show, Knowing Me Knowing You, ended 24 years ago when Partridge accidentally shot a guest and attacked a BBC commissioning editor.
In the missive, sent from “my own official BBC email address (firstname.lastname@example.org), the broadcaster, played by Manchester-born Steve Coogan, writes: “The BBC have sidled up to me with a short-term offer to co-present your much-loved magazine show This Time, standing in for John Baskell who’s been taken ill.
“My response? Well, although my diary is as clogged as John’s arteries (get well, John!) I have agreed to drop everything and step up. Now, some of you aren’t going to like that.