Alan Partridge comeback as internet show shortlisted for top award

Alan Partridge's online-only comeback is to take on acclaimed BBC TV shows for a highbrow comedy award.

Steve Coogan's character - a fallen chat show host now working in local radio - returned recently for a series of sponsored internet shows.

The Partridge shows are up against BBC4's Getting On and BBC2's Rev in the comedy category for the South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

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The eclectic awards - which see Plan B, Foals and Tinie Tempah battling for the pop section - are the revived South Bank Show Awards, formerly screened by ITV1.

The network dumped The South Bank Show after three decades and presenter Lord Bragg has now moved the awards to Sky Arts.

In the drama section E4's Misfits is up against BBC1's Sherlock and Channel 4's This Is England '86.

The movie category sees Another Year and Monsters take on The Arbor, which won two awards at the London Film Festival.

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Edmund De Waal's The Hare With The Amber Eyes, Candia McWilliam's What to Look for in Winter: A Memoir in Blindness and Barbara Trapido's Sex & Stravinsky are all up for the literature prize.

The visual arts prize features a women-only shortlist for the first time since the awards were established 15 years ago.

Turner-nominated artists Angela de la Cruz and Tacita Dean are up against newcomer Josephine King, who held her first exhibition in September featuring works depicting her battle with bipolar disorder.

The famous theme tune has been reworked by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and his cellist brother Julian, while Turner Prize-winning sculptor Anish Kapoor has designed the awards.

Other nominees include:

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Classical Music - As With Voices And With Tears, performed by Portsmouth Grammar School chamber choir, London Mozart Players and Andrew Cleary; BBC Philharmonic and Halle Orchestra's Joint Mahler season; Liverpool Philharmonic, Mahler's symphonies no.1, 2 and 3.

Dance - Akram Khan's Gnosis, Sadler's Wells; Asphodel Meadows, Royal Ballet; Hofesch Shechter's Political Mother, Sadler`s Wells.

Opera - A Dog's Heart, ENO; Billy Budd, Glyndebourne; Die Meistersingers, Welsh National Opera.

Theatre - Clybourne Park, Royal Court; Earthquakes in London, National Theatre; Ruined, Almeida Theatre.

Visual art - Angela De La Cruz, Lisson Gallery; Josephine King, Life So Far at Riflemaker; Tacita Dean, Frith Street Gallery.