Wednesday 13 November 2019

Alan Partridge for Top Gear: Petition urges BBC to replace Jeremy Clarkson with 'experienced broadcast presenter'

Alan Partridge as played by Steve Coogan
Alan Partridge as played by Steve Coogan
Alan Patridge
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Steve Coogan, as his alter-ego Alan Partridge, on the red carpet
Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, are all on freelance contracts, which are up for renewal next month

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Could Alan Partridge have what it takes to replace Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear?

One fan thinks so, and has started a petition to get the much-loved fictional character to front the show.

The petition, “Hire Alan Partridge for Top Gear”, has received almost 15,000 signatures since Monday when it was set up by Lorn Macdonald.

The petition description states that Partridge has “a strong track record for broadcast presenting, from his relaxed professionalism on BBC chat show ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ to his effortless banter on his talk shows at Radio Norwich”.

It adds: “We believe this diversity of experience and his noted passion for cars puts Alan in great stead to take over as chief presenter after Clarkson’s successful tenure.

“Mr Partridge is both capable of retaining what has made the show great over the years and adding a new and vital reenergised flavour to the show. #HirePartridge.”

The petition is still somewhat shy of the 950,000 million people that have called for the BBC to reinstate Jeremy Clarkson, but it doesn’t seem to have discouraged Partridge fans.

After putting his name to the cause, fan Jonathan Sandford wrote: “The man who made Lexi the plural of Lexus is an automotive genius.”

Let’s just hope he’s worked out what an indicator is:

Clarkson has been suspended by the BBC following a 'fracas' with a producer on the Top Gear set last week.

The final three episodes of the current series of Top Gear have also been pulled from BBC2's Sunday night slot.

Clarkson's fate will be decided after a BBC investigation into the incident, which began earlier this week.

Jeremy Clarkson lined up for Have I Got News for You on BBC 

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