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I watch the BBC's programmes avidly, regardless of their quality

How Alan Partridge urged all Corporation staff to watch his comeback

comedyAlan Partridge has hailed his return to the BBC with an email to every one of the corporation's staff.

And in typical style he reopens old wounds – while insisting he’s moving on – while taking a wonderful sideswipe at his former employees at Sky Atlantic, as well as his new ones in Broadcasting House.

The message, sent to 20,000 people, urges them all to watch his return in This Time With Alan Partridge on BBC One at 9.30pm tonight. 

He wrote: ‘Yes, some 24 years after my last p[esenting gig he BBC have sidled up to me with a short-term offer to co-present your much-loved magazine show This Time, standing in for John Baskell who’s been taken ill.

‘My response? Well, although my diary is as clogged as John’s arteries (get well, John!) I have agreed to drop everything and step up. Now, some of you aren’t going to like that.

‘Some of you made clear when I left that I wouldn’t be welcome back; a woman who worked in compliance called Karen or Kate or Kath who had long wavy hair and apparently still works here sneered so hard I thought her face would turn inside out.

 ‘But back I am, as evidenced by this, my own official BBC email address. And with it I reach out to you, my colleagues - not to gloat, or settle old scores, or say, "Hey, Karen/Kate/Kath, why don’t you kiss my arse" - but to be the bigger man and clear the air of any residual stench.

‘No, it’s time for a clean slate and no hard feelings. Because I love the BBC and I always have. While others might say it’s a smug anachronism full of braying, know-nothing chancers doling out fat commissions to their braying, know-nothing Oxbridge mates, I don’t.

‘I think the BBC is great and watch its programmes avidly, regardless of their quality. All I ask is that you return the favour. All of you. From on-screen talent right the way down to off-screen staff.

‘I ask every one of this email’s 20,000+ recipients to tune in tonight at 9.30pm on BBC One. Even if nobody else in the country does, we’re already hitting the kind of numbers my shows were getting on Sky Atlantic. Spread the word to a few more and my viewing figures will show the upward trajectory management is bound to want a piece of.

‘So once again please, please, please, please tune in. Please tune in.’

The message echoes the email he sent to journalists last month inviting them to a screening of the much-anticipated show.

Published: 25 Feb 2019

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