Alan Partridge to make long-awaited TV return next month - with a second series also planned for 2013
Norwich's favourite fictional radio and television star Alan Partridge will make his long-awaited television return next month.
Partridge's creator Steve Coogan has struck a deal with Sky Atlantic to screen a pair of one-off shows, plus a revamped version of his online series Mid Morning Matters.
Mr Coogan was seen filming scenes as Partridge outside City Hall and on Norwich market last December.
And now fans will be given a glimpse into the character's native Norfolk from June in the one-hour special Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Place of my Life.
This will see Partridge tour the county, showing places that shaped the man he is today.
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In another programme, Alan Partridge On Open Books With Martin Bryce, the radio DJ is interviewed in front of a book club. Partridge will give his insight into his passion for books and tips on being a writer.
Alan Partridge Mid Morning Matters: Special Edition, will be a revamped version of his online series on the fictional digital radio station North Norfolk Digital.
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This series will take the format of six half-hour episodes and will be screened from 'late June', according to Baby Cow Productions, a company co-owned by Mr Coogan. Partridge will also get a second series, which will follow in 2013.
Mr Coogan said: '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.'
Partridge previously appeared in a number of BBC shows, beginning life on radio and moving to the screen for series such as Knowing Me Knowing You.