Welcome back, Alan Partridge

A classic clip to mark the return of Partridge to our screens.

I thought the news that Norfolk's finest, Alan Partridge, is set to return to our screens for a third TV series – the first since 2002 – was as good an excuse as any to post this classic clip from the show.

Taken from the first series – Knowing Me, Knowing You – the scene shows Partridge manfully trying (and failing) to moderate a Newsnight-style debate between an array of by-election candidates.

The end, I promise you, is worth waiting for.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Space Oddity? Dr David Bowie is treating former astronaut Buzz Aldrin

Ground control to major coincidence.

The 86-year-old former astronaut and second man on the moon Buzz Aldrin has been evacuated from the South Pole to hospital in New Zealand. Your mole thought this was yet another piece of dismal 2016 news, before the silver lining popped up on Twitter. Aldrin’s manager Christina Korp sent a thrilling message about her client’s treatment:

Yes, the real-life “Starman” is going to be treated by a doctor who shares his name with the late pop icon who wrote “Space Oddity”, “Life on Mars?”, “Ziggy Stardust” and “Starman”, among many other odes to space.

In fact, Bowie’s “Space Oddity” hit about ground control losing contact with the fictional astronaut Major Tom was released in 1969, a few days before Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first humans to walk on the moon. This mole’s whiskers are quivering at the poignancy.

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