A Partridge and Goliath – Armando Iannucci hints at Alan’s movie plot

The Norwich radio presenter will do battle with a giant media organisation in his first big-screen outing

He’s killed a guest on his chat show, told Sue Cook to take a running jump and pushed a wedge of cheese into a BBC executive’s face, and as if all that wasn’t enough Alan Partridge is to take on an entire media organisation in his first big screen adventure.

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Armando Ianuncci, who co-created the fictitious DJ with actor Steve Coogan, said that the hotly anticipated film would be based around Partridge’s objections to a takeover of his local digital radio station, which will see North Norfolk Digital suffer an ignominious re-branding.

Speaking at a BAFTA screening of his US comedy series Veep, Iannucci said: “Alan is in Norwich. It’s not ‘Alan goes to Hollywood’; it’s not ‘Alan invaded by aliens’ or anything like that. He’s on North Norfolk Digital, which is taken over by a bigger media conglomerate and has it’s name changed to Shape. And that kicks everything off.”

Some commentators have already likened the plot of the Partridge film to Steve Coogan’s real-life legal battle with Rupert Murdoch’s News International over phone hacking , which was settled earlier this year.

Iannucci added that the script was currently being finalised with a view to putting the film into production towards the end of this year or the beginning of 2013.

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Alan Partridge returns to TV this Monday in Welcome to the Places of my Life on Sky Atlantic, which you can read our enthusiastic review of here.