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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 June, 2005, 10:13 GMT 11:13 UK
Coogan to star in new Persuaders
Steve Coogan
Coogan is best known for his role as spoof DJ Alan Partridge
British comedian Steve Coogan is to star with Hollywood actor Ben Stiller in a new film version of classic 1970s TV series The Persuaders.

Coogan will take Sir Roger Moore's role as Lord Brett Sinclair, while Stiller will play Danny Wilde - the part Tony Curtis played in the original show.

Coogan, star of I'm Alan Partridge said he "really, really loved" the series.

"I liked the fact that after Moore had punched someone, he'd take a comb out, sort his haircut and wander off."

First screened in 1971, the original Persuaders teamed Moore's dapper English aristocrat with Curtis' brash self-made American millionaire.


The show was popular in Europe but failed to find an audience in America and was cancelled after 24 episodes.

Ben Stiller
Stiller can currently be heard in animated film Madagascar
The film version has been in the pipeline for some time. Last year Coogan spoke of his wish to attach Stiller to the project.

"He's a somebody and I'm a nobody, so I'm very grateful for the relationship right now," he said.

Stuart Cornfield, of Stiller's film company Red Hour Productions, said: "As soon as Steve mentioned the series, the guys started riffing off each other.

"You could see the chemistry potential."

Stiller will shortly be heard in the UK as the voice of a lion in animated comedy Madagascar.

Last year the actor revived another classic 1970s TV show when he played the Paul Michael Glaser role in Starsky and Hutch.

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