Zapped! follows the misadventures of data marketing assistant Brian Weaver (Buckley), after he finds himself transported to a fantastical parallel world inhabited by warriors, wizards, soothsayers, and fairies who all frequent the local pub.
In an attempt to make amends following a controversial on-air incident, the radio DJ will leave behind his life of luxury to visit the areas inhabited by the people he has offended, from supermarket staff to payday lenders.
Partridge will move among them in a bid to become what Sky has called “a better citizen, a better man and a better, more sought-after broadcaster.”
Along the way, he will ask whether a ‘schasm’ has formed – somewhere between a schism and a chasm – between the country’s ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’.
The multi-award-winning comedy will head to sunny Spain in its first series since leaving BBC Two.
Steve and Rob will continue on their culinary travels as they drive from the North Atlantic to the Mediterranean.
Filming later this year, the show will see the comedy duo chow down in six Spanish locales, from Cantabria to the Basque region, as well as Aragon, Rioja, Castile-La Mancha and Andalusia.
By many people's reckoning, Armando Iannucci is one of our greatest and funniest TV satirists. The political classes and the grammar and conceits of television have proved fertile ground for Iannucci's wit and his team of gifted collaborators, notably Steve Coogan, Rebecca Front and Chris Morris.
Armando Iannucci, best known for creating hit political comedies The Thick of It and Veep, began his comedy career while at university, appearing in two revues at the Edinburgh Fringe.
He entered working life at the BBC where he served as a radio producer on shows such as Just a Minute and Week Ending.
It was here that he met the likes of Chris Morris, Steve Coogan and Rebecca Front, creating On the Hour, a satirical show that parodied news broadcasting and where Coogan debuted his notorious Alan Partridge character.