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Alan Partridge inspired Kate Bush's stage return

By Robert Dex

Enigmatic star Kate Bush has remained tight-lipped about her reasons for her stage return 35 years after her only tour, but a new documentary reveals an unlikely possible inspiration – Steve Coogan's comic creation Alan Partridge.

The actor, who performed a medley of the singer's hits in character as the delusional DJ for Comic Relief and later incorporated the sketch into his stage show, revealed the Wuthering Heights singer was impressed by his performance.

Coogan revealed he had tried to tempt her back to performing years ago but failed. He said: "She rang me to tell me why and it turned into a long conversation about performing on stage, how terrifying it can be, and how she hadn't done it for a long time."

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