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A-ha! Steve Coogan confirms Alan Partridge will return in pair of new shows

Alan Partridge is to give fans a glimpse into his native Norfolk after comic Steve Coogan signed a new deal to bring the character back to TV.

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Observations: Sheep(s) draw an admiring flock to the West End

Sheeps have come up with a novel way to make sure that the atmosphere doesn't dip during their new comedy show. They've prepared a little call-and-response routine, asking the audience to shout out encouragement– "Keep going, Sheeps!" – at key intervals.

<p><b>Steve Coogan</b>:<br/> <i>22 November</i><br/>
Another actor-turned-activist, comedian Steve Coogan, appeared at the Inquiry the day after Mr Grant, and accused former <i>News of the World</i> editor Andy Coulson of secretly listening in on a phone call designed to entice him into revealing personal information.<br/>
Mr Coogan said he was at the Inquiry to represent those who didn’t 'have the stomach' to be there. After having stories published about him for years, the Alan Partridge creator said he felt his ‘closet was empty of skeletons’ and was ‘immune’ from any repercussions arising from giving evidence. </p>

Steve Coogan faces driving ban threat

Comedian Steve Coogan is facing trial over a speeding offence which could see him banned from the road.

No thanks: We didn't need Adele's speech

Music awards: Roughing up The Brits

Tuesday's awards ceremony was anodyne and uncomfortable. Andy Gill offers his 20-point plan to inject a bit of danger back into the show

Brilliant! The Fast Show's quickfire comics return

Lovers of The Fast Show will be heartened to know that the release of a second batch of internet-only episodes is due next week.

Steve Coogan at the Leveson Inquiry: he said he was appearing for those 'who haven’t the stomach to be here'

Coogan lifts lid on the 'amoral universe' of tabloid journalists

Comedian says he can speak out now because he has no more skeletons left in his closet

In search of the real Nathan Barley

Chris Morris's savage satire of media types prompts the question: are these guys for real? Ed Caesar hits Shoreditch to find out

Bouncing back: Coogan returns to the BBC

The comedian and actor Steve Coogan has endured a difficult year in which his marriage fell apart amid tabloid revelations of lap dancers and cocaine but, just like his excruciating creation Alan Partridge, he plans on Bouncing Back.

Mackay soars with the high-flying Canaries

Phil Shaw talks to Norwich's defensive linchpin, who is determined to keep newcomers in the Premiership

German Tory Boy loses out at polls but wins media stardom

Christian Democrat 'Don Quixote' becomes unwitting comedy hero of film and press

Canaries caged on the road

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French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

The ugly causeway is being dismantled, an elegant connection erected in its place. So everyone’s happy, right?
Frank Mugisha: Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked

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David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

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