‘League of Gentlemen’ revival and ‘Alan Partridge’ documentary among BBC highlights for Christmas 2017


The BBC has unveiled their Christmas schedule for 2017, with an Alan Partridge documentary and the League of Gentlemen revival being named among the highlights.

After the League of Gentleman’s anniversary return was announced earlier this year, the BBC has now finally confirmed that it will air over the festive period – and teased a plot that sees the village of Royston Vasey facing “administrative annilhation”.

“Royston Vasey is facing a threat more dire than anything it has faced before: dark rumours of boundary changes that could erase the town from the map forever”, an official description cryptically states.


“The fight to save Royston Vasey from administrative annihilation will come from unexpected and surprising directions, all of them local…”

The episodes will air on BBC Two on December 18,19 and 20, as announced by co-creator Reece Shearsmith.

Alan Partridge’s return to the BBC has also been announced in the form of a career-spanning documentary that takes a full look at the iconic comedy character ahead of his full return for a new show next year.

“It has been a quarter of a century since a little known sports reporter was given his own radio chat show by the BBC. Two radio series, five TV series, four specials, two books and one movie later, Alan Partridge has an unrivalled place in the comedy pantheon”, a description explained.


“To celebrate Alan’s return to his rightful home at the BBC in 2018, this retrospective documentary will look back at his journey from broadcaster caricature to the award-winning study of complexity and pathos that he has become.

“We will hear from the man behind the man himself, Steve Coogan, as well as the acclaimed team that created him 25 years ago. That cohort of writers and performers would become some of the most celebrated and distinctive comic voices of their generation: Armando Iannucci, Patrick Marber, Peter Baynham, Rebecca Front, David Schneider and Doon Mackichan. Through interviews and a wealth of never before seen archive footage including improv sessions, rehearsals and unseen outtakes, a light will be shone on the genesis of the character.”

The BBC Two documentary will also feature contributions from Simon Greenall and Felicity Montagu, who famously appeared as Michael The Geordie and Alan’s long suffering PA Lynn.

There’s also something for Star Wars fans over on BBC Four too – with a new documentary charting how one of the most iconic sci-fi franchises of all time began in a modest Hertfordshire film studio.

You can read the whole schedule here.