Michael Aspel says he was inspiration for Alan Partridge – Daily TV round-up

Michael Aspel has said that he was the inspiration for Steve Coogan's character Alan Partridge.

The veteran broadcaster, who presented a number of chat shows and 'This Is Your Life', revealed that he heard through Jonathan Ross that Coogan based the character on him.

Aspel and Partridge (Credit: Rex)


“I suppose I should be flattered but I’m not quite sure,” he said. “At first I thought, ‘Don’t think so. It isn’t likely’. Cartoonists and mimics have never been able to ‘do’ me because there’s nothing about me they can seize on.

“Maybe a bland TV establishment-type figure was perfect for Steve to make use of. After I was told, I watched more closely. I looked at the hairstyle and the voice, which is BBC-modulated from my old newsreader days, and he’s probably right.

“I think he embellished a bit and gave it personality. The more I looked, the more like me he seemed to be, apart from the fact that everything he did was a disaster. Not all my broadcasts were a flop.

“The fact that he’s quite sure he’s a star is what makes him so funny. He is a wonderful creation.”

The likes of John Stapleton, Alan Titchmarsh and Richard Madeley have all been mooted as possible starting points for Coogan's Norwich-based broadcaster. [Daily Express]

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