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Steve Coogan just avoided a lengthy driving ban because of Alan Partridge – AOL UK

14 August 2019 NEWS



Steve Coogan has avoided a six-month driving ban for speeding after telling the court that a hefty absence from the road could scupper an upcoming Alan Partridge series.

The 53-year-old comedian faced an automatic six-month ban after he was caught speeding in January, with nine points already on his licence,Metroreported.

He appeared at Crawley Magistrates Court after being clocked by an automatic camera driving his Porsche at 36mph in a 30mph zone.Coogan admitted that his driving record was poor, including a speed awareness course just two months ago, but said such a lengthy confiscation of his licence would put the brakes on a new Partridge show for the BBC.

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Steve Coogan arrives at the London Premiere of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa at a central London cinema, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

File photo dated 21/08/02 of Channel Four, I’m Alan Partridge which has been named on the list of the 20 best British sitcoms which has been compiled by a panel of television experts for Radio Times magazine.

Steve Coogan during a screening and Q&A about his new one-off special Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle, at BAFTA, in London.

Steve Coogan is presented with a cheesecake from former bake off winner Frances Quinn at a screening and Q&A about his new one-off special “Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle” at BAFTA, in London.

Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge arriving at the London Premiere of Alpha Papa, Vue Cinema, Leicester Square.

Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge arriving at the London Premiere of Alpha Papa, Vue Cinema, Leicester Square.

Comedian Steve Coogan, as his alter-ego Alan Partridge, arriving for the premiere of Alan Partridge : Alpha Papa, at the Vue West End in Leicester Square, central London.

Comedian Steve Coogan, as his alter-ego Alan Partridge, arriving for the premiere of Alan Partridge : Alpha Papa, at the Vue West End in Leicester Square, central London.

Comedian Steve Coogan, as his alter-ego Alan Partridge, attends the world premiere of his new film Alpha Papa at the Hollywood Cimema in Anglia Square, Norwich, Norfolk.

Steve Coogan in character as Alan Partridge, performing at Under One Roof, a charity concert in aid of the Kids Company, at the O2 Arena in central London.

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“I’m producing a travelogue follow-on TV series where I’m basically driving around Britain,” he said.

“The whole nature of the series is that it is a travelogue and it’s an artistic thing that he drives and that defines his character.

“You couldn’t put him on a train because that not who he is – it’s part of his character that he drives.”

Coogan told magistrates that shots of his iconic character behind the wheel could not be faked due to the elaborate camera setup.

Alan Partridge returned to TV screens in 2src19 with new series 'This Time'. (Credit: BBC)He revealed that production company Baby Cow has hired between 15 to 20 people to work on the project, who might struggle for work if the show had to be cancelled ahead of the planned production start in October.

Ann Schroder, chair of the magistrates bench, said she acknowledged the “exceptional hardship” those crew members would face if the show were to be shelved.

Coogan was banned from the road for two months and handed a £750 fine, as well as paying costs of £85 and a £75 victim surcharge.

Hereturned to BBC screensas Alan Partridge with this year’s well-received six-episode seriesThis Time with Alan Partridge.

The series was the first Partridge production for the BBC sinceI’m Alan Partridgeconcluded in 2002, though the character has been kept alive through collaborations with Sky and the 2013 movieAlpha Papa.

Several books written by the character have also been released.

– This article first appeared onYahoo

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