The King Of Soho presents Lady Godiva Steve Coogan leads a topless lady on a horse through the streets of Soho
14 March 2012
As the head of the one of the UK's biggest porn empires, Paul Raymond became known as The King Of Soho. And, in the movie depicting his life, it becomes apparent why he landed this lofty title when he leads a topless lady on a horse through the streets of the central London district.
Steve Coogan plays Paul Raymond in the new film, which is called The King Of Soho, and he filmed the outrageous scene today. The comedian, who is most famous for his Alan Partridge character, donned a seventies-style fur coat as he put on the stunt in the middle of busy Soho. Wearing a wig and a garish tie, Coogan bore an uncanny resemblance to the porn baron who passed away four years ago. However, all eyes were on the lady he was escorting through the streets.
The blonde woman's locks covered her modesty as she straddled a white horse for the jaunt through Soho. She wore a glittering red cowboy hat and matching knee-length platform boots for the parade. It's believed that Paul Raymond pulled the stunt in order to publicise on the of the shows at his famous Raymond's Revuebar in Soho.
Shooting has been taking place in Soho for most of the week - a few days ago Coogan appeared as Raymond in his earlier years, accompanied by Anna Frield who plays his wife Jean. While Anna is taking the role of his wife, who Raymond cheated on, Tamsin Egerton has signed up to play his one-time mistress Fiona Richmond. And Imogen Poots is to star as his daughter Debbie, who became his confidante later in his life, but died in 1992 from a heroin overdose.
Steve Coogan is to make two hour-long specials for Sky Atlantic, as well as a TV version of his internet series, Mid Morning Matters. It is the first time the character has jumped broadcaster from the BBC since he first appeared as a sports reporter on Radio 4's On The Hour 20 years ago.
The first of the two specials will be entitled Welcome To The Places of my Life, in which Partridge will take viewers on a tour of his beloved Norfolk. In the second, Alan Partridge On Open Books With Martin Bryce, he will be interviewed by a character played by Friday Night Dinner creator Robert Popper in front of a book club..
I'm Alan Partridge aired on BBC Two in 2002, but in 2010 he returned for the online series, set in the fictional radio station North Norfolk Digital, as part of Foster’s investment in comedy. Those shows will be re-edited for a six-part ‘special edition’ series for Sky, with a second series to follow in 2013.
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.’
Sky Atlantic will also screen a two-part series, Steve Coogan's Stand Up Down Under - a behind-the-scenes look at his Australian live tour. Sky’s head of comedy, Lucy Lumsden, said: ‘Sky Atlantic is providing our best writer-performers the space to feel creatively free. Who better to kick off our new season of comedies than the phenomenally talented Steve Coogan?’
A Guide To The New Alan Partridge
27 Jun 2012
Alan Partridge returns to our screens in three brand new projects for Sky Atlantic HD. And we've got everything you need to know:
Welcome To The Places Of My Life
Open Books with Martin Bryce
Midmorning Matters: Special Edition
Welcome to the Places of My Life
Alan Partridge reveals the places that have made him the man he is today. Over the years, Norfolk has given us some of our greatest Britons, from Queen Boadicea and Sir Robert Walpole to Hannah from S Club 7. It's also been home to broadcaster Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) for the best part, and best parts, of his life.
In this special one-off documentary, Alan treats viewers to a guided tour of his beloved Norfolk, revealing the places that have made him who, why and what he is today. From the Riverside Leisure Centre, Norwich City Hall and his local newsagent to the luscious expanse of Thetford Forest, Alan explores the key landmarks and natural beauty spots that have led some people to call Norfolk the 'Wales of the east'.
Norwich boasts more than 20 car dealerships, as well as some of the most sensible parking regulations in the country - facts that really make the city a haven for motorists like Alan. What's more, his daily commute to North Norfolk Digital Radio is a mere ten minutes by car, something Londoners could only dream of. Alan's tour, of course, includes his place of work which, at 800 square feet, is bigger than most good quality dentists'.
Also taking in the church where he was christened, the local dry ski slope and the city's historic market where people come from far and wide to buy monkey hats and tat, Welcome to the Places of My Life is a comprehensive and compelling journey through Alan Partridge's home county.
Open Books with Martin Bryce
Norwich's favourite son Alan Partridge gives a candid interview about his new autobiography. Broadcaster, author and keen rambler Alan Partridge makes a welcome return to television screens as a special (replacement) guest on Open Books with Martin Bryce, hosted by Chris Beale (Robert Popper). After the modest success of his previous book Bouncing Back (it was pulped due to poor sales), Alan returns to discuss his latest, tell-all tome, I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan - a book critics have hailed as "very thorough". In fact, Alan himself describes his autobiography as the best book he's ever written and one of the best he's ever read - high praise indeed from a man who started reading aged a half.
The book charts Alan's rise from humble beginnings in a semi-detached house in a modest suburb of Norwich to TV superstardom, before ultimately establishing himself as one of the better DJs on local radio station North Norfolk Digital. Unflinching and thoroughly gripping, the book doesn't shy away from difficult subjects, including a harrowing account of Alan's Toblerone addiction, and he is similarly candid in interview.
An accomplished chatter, Alan is only too keen to share the secrets of his craft, revealing details of his gruelling writing regime (1,500 words per day, usually with a bowl of hard-boiled eggs for sustenance), as well as his views on reading, writing and literature in general. Alan also reads some poignant extracts from the book, possibly delighting a studio audience who are themselves invited to put questions to Mr Partridge.
A truly absorbing interview that offers a rare insight into the mind of a man who clearly has had, and continues to have, the last laugh.
Mid Morning Matters: Special Edition
The hugely popular online comedy series featuring Alan Partridge arrives on Sky Atlantic. Those that think Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) is a has-been really need to do the maths. Broadcasting four hours a day, five days a week on North Norfolk Digital Radio - north Norfolk's best music mix - Alan clocks up a whopping 20 hours on air a week. To put that into perspective, that's eight times the output of The One Show. Impressive.
In this six-part series, viewers can watch the master at work as he broadcasts his daily radio show to literally hundreds of listeners. When it comes to the big topics of the day Alan's always got his finger on the pulse, whether he's discussing which condiment listeners would take with them to a desert island, or simply chatting to a young child about the use of lethal force.
Joining Alan for a regular dose of edgy banter and debate is his comedy sidekick Simon (Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Tim Key). Together the pair also take a 'sideways' look at the news, with suitably amusing (and usually inappropriate) results.
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