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November 28th, 2013 by Big Phil Comments


Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (15)
Running time:
90 min
Directed by:
Declan Lowney
Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney and Anna Maxwell Martin

When famous DJ Alan Partridge’s radio station is taken over by a new media conglomerate, it sets in motion a chain of events which see Alan having to work with the police to defuse a potentially violent siege.

Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan), Norwich Radio’s mid-morning host, is content with how things have been for him; he has his radio show with a “large, varied and loyal” fan base. However, when a large corporation takes over the station, they want to make changes, big changes. Sadly one of those changes will be the dismissal of local Irish DJ Pat Farrell (Colm Meaney) a work colleague of Alan’s.

Taking matters into his own hands, Pat decides to vent his anger at the new corporation and takes over the station, holding several of his co-workers hostage. He states that he will only communicate to the Police via his friend, Alan Partridge. With a megaphone in one hand and a media frenzy to boost his ego, Alan relishes the task, but will the hostages make it out in one piece?

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa is a movie based on the television and radio personality of Alan Partridge, a failed chat show host who is well known to his fans for putting his foot into a small mess and making it a catastrophe.

There have been a number of big screen adaptions from television programmes over the years and sadly there have been more failures than successes. Thankfully, Alpha Papa retains everything that made the television show a success whilst expanding on a simple plot.

Steve Coogan is on cringing form as Alan Partridge, still lip synching to classic songs in his car, shamelessly flirting with his staff and belittling and bossing Lynn (Felicity Montagu), his PA, at every turn. It’s great to see that not only Lynn has returned, but also Michael “The Geordie” (Simon Greenall) and Dave Clifton (Phil Cornwell), Alan’s troubled radio show rival. Colm Meaney’s portrayal of an Irish radio DJ living on the edge is superb and it’s great to see Colm in a comedic role as he underplays the role perfectly.

The script is tight and has enough laughs to keep the audience entertained for its running time. True, there are periods where the laughs may not be as big as in some other places. However, when they do come, tissues are most definitely required!

The DVD has a number of extras including a great Making Of video which really gives the viewer an insight into the creative process behind the script and filming of the movie. There is also a host of deleted scenes and a bloopers reel all of which simply add to the enjoyment of the movie.

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa is neither gross out nor foul-language-for-the-sake-of laughs comedy, It’s an expansion of the character, complete with all of his flaws, that viewers, old and new, will relish. Though the “Tie and Blazer Badge” may be gone, the humour most certainly hasn’t.

4 out 5 Nerds



Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa is directed by Declan Lowney and starring Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Felicity Montagu, Simon Greenall and Sean Pertwee. The film is available on DVD. Blu-ray and digital download on December 2nd. To celebrate FTN is giving two lucky readers the chance to win a copy of the DVD and an ‘I Am Siege Face’ t-shirt. We’re also giving one runner-up a Shape digital mug!

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What is the name of Alan’s radio station?

a) North Nottinghamshire Digital

b) North Norwich Digital

c) North Norfolk Digital

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