Alan Partridge will return to TV for a second series of Mid Morning Matters next year (2013).
The spoof documentary, which follows Steve Coogan‘s hapless broadcaster in his new job as a DJ on the fictional North Norfolk Digital radio station, first aired online through the Fosters Funny website. It was later re-edited into a six part TV series for Sky Atlantic, which premiered in June (2012). Now Sky Atlantic has recommissioned the series for six new episodes to air in 2013.
In a statement, Sky Atlantic’s acting director Naomi Gibney said: “Alan Partridge has been a huge hit for Sky Atlantic, opening our Monday night comedy strand, and I’m delighted we can bring his talents exclusively to Sky customers.”
Coogan has already begun shooting the second series of Mid Morning Matters, for which he also serves as executive producer alongside longtime collaborators Armando Iannucci and Henry Cow. Cow added in a statement: “A second series of Mid Morning Matters direct for Sky Atlantic. Alan’s fortunes have finally turned.”
Meanwhile, Coogan is scheduled to begin filming The Alan Partridge Movie in January (2013) for a UK cinema release next August (2013). Co-writer Iannucci has previously revealed that the film will see Partridge do battle with a media giant. Discussing the film’s premise in June, Iannucci said: “Alan is in Norwich. It’s not ‘Alan goes to Hollywood’, it’s not ‘Alan invaded by aliens’ or anything like that. He’s on North Norfolk Digital, which is taken over by a media conglomerate and has its name changed to Shape. And that kicks everything off.”