No one knows where Steve Coogan ends and Alan Partridge begins!: Clearing the air
I'm Alan Partridge and tonight sees my return to the BBC for the first time in two decades
Yes, some 24 years after my last presenting gig, the BBC have sidied 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, Johnl) I have agreed to drop everything and step up.
Now, some of you aren't going to like that. Some of you made clear when I left that I wouldn't be welcome back; a woman who worked
in compliance called Karen or Kate or Kath who had long wavy hair and apparently still works here sneered so hard I thought her face
would turn inside out
But back I am, as evidenced by this, my own official BBC email address, And with it I reach out to you, my colleagues-not to gloat, or
settle old scores, or say, Hey, Karen/Kate/Kath, why don't you kiss my arse'- but to be the bigger man and clear the air of any residual
No, it's time for a clean slate and no hard feelings. Because I love the BBC and I always have. While others might say it's a smug
anachronism full of braying, know-nothing chancers doling out fat commissions to their braying, know-nothing Oxbridge mates, I don't. I
think the BBC is great and watch its programmes avidly, regardiess of their quality
All I ask is that you return the favour. All of you. From on-screen talent right the way down to off-screen staff. I ask every one of this
emails 20,000+ recipients to tune in tonight at 9.30pm on BBC One. Even if nobody else in the country does, we're already hitting the
kind of numbers my shows were getting on Sky Atlantic. Spread the word to a few more and my viewing figures will show the upward
trajectory management is bound to want a piece of
So once again, please, please please, please tune in. Please tune in.
Your colleague (and I am your colleague),
No one knows where Steve Coogan ends and Alan Partridge begins!