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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2013
  • Declan Lowney
  • 86 mins
  • 15

Summary

Comedy starring Steve Coogan. Norwich DJ Alan Partridge is unconcerned when his local radio station, North Norfolk Digital, is bought out by a multinational. But when he finds out that it's either himself or fellow DJ Pat Farrell who must go, Alan makes sure that it's his colleague who gets the boot. However, when a shotgun-wielding Farrell decides to hold the staff hostage, it's up to Norwich's most famous son to save the day.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Steve Coogan could never be accused of rushing into a big-screen transfer for his hapless broadcaster, who debuted on the radio in 1991. The eventual Partridge movie has modest roots in 2010's online shorts Mid Morning Matters, which found Alan presenting at North Norfolk Digital. After the station is taken over by a media conglomerate, cuts are implemented, with DJ Pat Farrell (Colm Meaney) given the boot. However, he refuses to go quietly, commandeering the airwaves and taking hostages, with Alan becoming the mediator in the ensuing police siege. Alpha Papa eschews the high-concept, travelogue approach of other small-to-big-screen comedy characters, like those of Sacha Baron Cohen or Mr Bean, and instead draws from Partridge's well-drawn TV universe featuring Tim Key's sidekick, Felicity Montagu's PA and Phil Cornwell's damaged jock. They all benefit from a clearly honed script full of continually hilarious lines, directed with economy and sharp comic timing by Declan Lowney (Father Ted). At the centre of it all, Coogan's vanity-free performance is a perpetual turbine. It mightn't travel further than Cromer, but it's so refreshing to see a British comedy film that thinks small and stays local.

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Credits

Cast

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Alan PartridgeSteve Coogan
Lynn BenfieldFelicity Montagu
MichaelSimon Greenall
Pat FarrellColm Meaney
Steve StubbsSean Pertwee
Janet WhiteheadAnna Maxwell Martin
"Side Kick Simon"Tim Key
Dave CliftonPhil Cornwell
Jason CresswellNigel Lindsay
GauperGino Picciano
DonSimon Delaney
AngelaMonica Dolan
MartinDarren Boyd
Old man on pierAlan Rothwell
Girl in crowdDiane Morgan

Crew

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DirectorDeclan Lowney

Details

Theatrical distributor
Studio Canal
Released on
2013-08-02
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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