Alan Partridge is coming back to Sky Atlantic. Following the second series of 'Alan Partridge's Mid Morning Matters', Alan will front a one-off, hour-long documentary on the state of the nation, titled 'Alan Partridge's Scissored Isle'.
The special sees Alan trying to make amends following a controversial on-air incident. Alan is no stranger to controversy. Let's not forget he shot a man dead during his chat show 'Knowing Me, Knowing You With Alan Partridge' back in his BBC days.
Alan leaves behind his comfortable existence and detached house to travel to the north of England on a deeply personal journey of redemption. In his Land Rover, accompanied by his dog, Alan journeys into an unreported Britain inhabited by the very people he has offended, on a mission to find out "whether, in this once united kingdom, a 'schasm' has formed – a schism or chasm, between the haves and the have-nots (or haven'ts)."
So who has he offended? It sounds like anyone less wealthy than him, including supermarket staff, payday lenders, disaffected street gangs and food scavenging 'freegans'. We'll see Alan move among them in a bid to understand them and see the world through their eyes.
He hopes this will help him become a better citizen, a better man, and – of course – a better, more sought-after broadcaster.
Steve Coogan, who plays Partridge, said in a statement: "It's great to see Alan tackle the big issues of poverty and disenfranchised youth with the same clumsy ham-fistedness we would usually expect from George Osborne."
'Alan Partridge's Scissored Isle' will air on Sky Atlantic on May 30th.