Armando Iannucci announces Malcolm Tucker and Alan Partridge Brexit debate

The much-loved and very sweary 'Thick Of It' character will discuss the UK's exit from the EU with Partridge in next week's Big Issue

Armando Iannucci has announced that Malcolm Tucker will return in a new print piece, with the character set to debate Brexit with Alan Partridge.

The Thick Of It creator took to Twitter to inform his followers that the much-loved character – played on screen by former Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi – will return for a new four-page feature in next week’s edition of The Big Issue to debate the issue with Partridge, who Iannucci created with Steve Coogan.

Iannucci teased fans earlier this morning by tweeting that he had “good news later for those asking for Malcolm Tucker on Brexit,” before then following that up with: “I have good news later for those asking for Alan Partridge on Brexit.”

Malcolm Tucker last appeared on our screens in October 2012, when the fourth and final season of The Thick Of It concluded. The character also appeared in the 2009 spin-0ff film In The Loop.

Fans of both characters registered their excitement following Iannucci’s tweets this morning – see a selection of the reactions below.

Meanwhile, Iannucci’s new film, The Death of Stalin, will be released on October 20 – watch the latest trailer here.

The Soviet satire will follow the events after the dictator’s death in 1953 and features a host of big names, including Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin and Paddy Considine.