From The Guardian:
Steve Coogan moves character from BBC for two one-hour specials and TV adaptation of online series Mid Morning Matters
A-ha! His BBC television career famously came to an end when he thrust a lump of cheese in his commissioning editor's face. Now Steve Coogan's most famous creation, hapless Norfolk DJ Alan Partridge, is changing channels to Sky.
Coogan will star as Partridge in two new one-hour specials as well as a TV adaptation of his online series, Mid Morning Matters. The shows will appear on Sky Atlantic as part of an output deal with Coogan's production company, Baby Cow.
The BBC has been the home of Partridge since he started out reading the sports news on BBC Radio 4's On The Hour. The last series of I'm Alan Partridge aired on BBC2 in 2002.
Coogan's Sky Atlantic deal also includes Welcome to the Places of my Life, which will see Partridge take viewers on a tour of his beloved home county, Norfolk. A second Partridge special will feature the DJ being interviewed for a local book club by author Chris Beal, played by Robert Popper.
The specials will be executive produced by Coogan with his Baby Cow business partner Henry Normal and The Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci, who is also involved in bringing Partridge to the big screen in a long-awaited film version next year.
Coogan said: "Alan has been off the TV for too long but he is even more excited than me about his chance to have a second bite of the cherry. Alan feels the second decade of the millennium is the right time."
Mid Morning Matters, which aired online last year in an initiative funded by beer brand Foster's, will be re-edited for TV in a six-part "special edition" with a second series next year. Partridge published his "autobiography" last year.
The Baby Cow deal also includes an animated children's tale, Uncle Wormsley's Christmas, narrated by Coogan, and a two-part look at Coogan's 2009 standup tour in Australia and New Zealand.
A high-profile victim of phone-hacking, Coogan's more recent television appearances have been connected to his legal action against News International, publisher of the now-defunct News of the World, which he settled earlier this year.
Sky, not previously known for its homegrown comedy output, has been investing heavily in the genre of late with shows such as Stella with former Gavin & Stacey star Ruth Jones, and Trollied starring Jane Horrocks. Other new projects will star Kathy Burke, Julia Davis and Jack Dee.
Sky's head of comedy Lucy Lumsden said Sky Atlantic was "providing our best writer performers the space to feel creatively free".
Launched last year, Sky Atlantic is home to the satellite broadcaster's high profile US dramas including Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men, for which it bought the rights after four series on BBC4.
The pay channel will also air West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin's latest drama, The Newsroom, as well as Iannucci's US comedy, Veep.
Normal, who is chief executive of Baby Cow, said the company was "at the beginning of a great adventure".