There might still be life in Alan Partridge's media career yet, after creator Steve Coogan told journalists at the BAFTA's that he plans to "do something else" with his most famous character.
Jeff Pope [L] and Steve Coogan [R] With the BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay
Coogan, 48, won the BAFTA for best adapted screenplay for Philomena, though insisted he would not be forgetting about North Norfolk's favourite local radio DJ just yet.
"I don't want to abandon Alan Partridge," Coogan told press, including the Radio Times at the Baftas, "I just want to show I can do something else."
"I quite like the Alan Partridge pony - I like riding it occasionally. I'll do something else with Partridge but I want to do other things," he added. "What gets me out of bed in the morning is to do something challenging that might fail."
"Some of the projects we're developing, I don't think there's anything for me in them," he said. "They're for women - they're good, strong roles for women and I'm not a woman."
Steve Coogan In The BAFTAs Pressroom.
Coogan's collaborator Jeff Pope suggested that the Partridge actor "might be a director" on his next project.
The Alan Partridge movie Alpha Papa was released in August 2013, opening at number-one in the UK box office. It took over £6 million, on a £4 million budget and was considered one of the best comedy movies of the year.
Audiences will next see Coogan on the small-screen, in the second season of BBC comedy The Trip, with Rob Brydon. The pair follow in the footsteps of the English poets of the early 19th century and depart on a Grand Tour of Italy.