As the furore involving Jeremy Clarkson allegedly punching up an Irish producer on his TV show roars on, it's looking less and less likely he'll be back.

Naturally, the question of a replacement has cropped up and one name has managed to garner over 30,000 signatures in a petition.

Alan Partridge. Yes, really.

The creation of real-life motorhead Steve Coogan has been linked with the role previously and, by all accounts, the TV show made several references to Top Gear throughout its history.

The online response to the prospect of Partridge taking over the reigns of the show is such that someone's even produced a potential showreel of how it might look.

We've got to say, the more we talk about this, the more it sounds like the perfect idea.

Take a look!