"I feel quite conflicted about it".
Steve Coogan has admitted feeling “conflicted” about using Alan Partridge to tackle Brexit, ahead of the cult comedy character’s return to the BBC.
The fictional Norwich broadcaster will return to the BBC for a new documentary, ahead of his full return next year for a new show that sees him taking on Brexit.
But Coogan, who voted Remain in the EU Referendum, felt conflicted about using Partridge to expose the views of the winning side.
“The world has coalesced into a situation that is sympathetic to Alan, which for me is quite depressing,” he told the Radio Times.
“Sometimes I agree with Alan but on Brexit I’m a Remainer, and I feel quite conflicted about it.”
He also opened up on how broadcasters with “Alan-like attitudes” are still operating in the UK.
“We thought we had thoroughly debunked that. It just shows how little influence you actually have on the national culture”, he admitted.
Coogan’s return to the BBC will come in the form of Alan Partridge: Why When Where How And Whom?, which airs on December 27.
“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”, a statement from the BBC confirmed.
“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.”