Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions.

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

2013 British comedy film about Alan Partridge. Stars Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Tim Key, Felicity Montagu, Simon Greenall and others.

Press Clippings

Partridge returns to the BBC as a pro-Brexit broadcaster

Steve Coogan has revealed initial detail of Alan Partridge's return to the BBC next year, as a pro-Brexit voice.

British Comedy Guide, 3rd August 2017

Film of the day - Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

Steve Coogan's revels in the role of the fading one-time talk show host now graveyard shift local radio DJ Alan Partridge. The Partridge character has evolved over 20 years, a period in which he has seen his star rise and fall - courtesy of killing a guest on live TV.

Gareth Hargreaves, On The Box, 22nd December 2016

13 UK TV comedies that became movies, best to worst

Here's a rundown of the best and worst since the year 2000...

Sophie Davies, Cult Box, 19th September 2016

Alan Partridge: still Jurassic Park after 25 years

I can't imagine ever not finding Alan Partridge funny.

Dan Burke, Cultured Vultures, 22nd February 2016

Steve Coogan returns as Norfolk's most self-deluded radio host, blagging his way on to the big screen via this very funny siege thriller. Partridge's marriage and career are, unsurprisingly, down the drain, but when a shotgun-toting, newly sacked colleague (Colm Meaney) takes the staff of North Norfolk Digital hostage, Partridge sees the chance to make his name as a negotiator. It's his finest, most hypocritical hour in East Anglia's Ace in the Hole.

Paul Howlett, The Guardian, 22nd December 2015

10 things you didn't know about Steve Coogan

There's so much more to this guy than Alan Partridge.

Rachel Bailey, What Culture!, 16th May 2015

Alan Partridge aims for American success

Say the name Alan Partridge in Britain, and everyone knows who you're talking about.

Bob Mondello, NPR, 4th April 2014

Alan Partridge: a guide for Americans

As Alan Partridge: The Movie hits US screens, here is everything you need to know about Steve Coogan's greatest comedy creation. Aha!

Stuart Heritage, The Guardian, 4th April 2014

Alan Partridge gets movie sequel and new Sky series

Steve Coogan is to return to the big screen with an Alan Partridge feature film sequel, as well as a new series and Coast-like special on Sky.

British Comedy Guide, 3rd April 2014

Considering the awful track-record of UK TV characters given their own feature-films, I'm so relieved Steve Coogan's superlative Alan Partridge makes the transition this well. A project that's been rumoured for around a decade, it feels like the spectacular success of The Inbetweeners has made British TV production companies take the risk with a movie--knowing that even a UK-only hit will be enough to recoup low financial stakes.

Alpha Papa works because the situation is definitely something that suits cinema better than television (slightly), but it's not so grandiose that it betrays the character's small and specific pleasures. Alan Partridge has always been more verbally funny than physically hilarious, so it just makes sense to have a story set inside his radio station (North Norfolk Digital) on the eve of a corporate takeover that sparks a hostage crisis when colleague Pat (Colm Meaney) is sacked and loses his mind.

It's a predicament that puts Alan in a comfortable environment (literally "chatting for his life", as hostage negotiator and Pat's occasional cohort), but during an uncomfortable life-or-death week of craziness where he's suddenly a Very Important Person in the public mind. (I'm actually excited to see what the next Partridge product on television will be, as it would be logical for the character to get a career resurgence in the wake of Alpha Papa's events. He would at least get on Celebrity Big Brother, right?)

I'm just so relieved this film doesn't get too much wrong. The jokes and hilariously overwrought dialogue is intact, Coogan's predictably excellent (in a role he's perfected over 20-years at this point), and fans will appreciate the nods to various Partridge-universe characters and events. I especially enjoyed seeing Alan's long-suffering agent Lynn (Felicity Montagu) and "best friend" Michael (Simon Greenall) again, for the first time since 2002's I'm Alan Partridge (incredibly). Lynn gets a particularly nice sub-plot; enjoying being 'pampered' by the police, as someone with an insight into Alan.

Dan Owen, Dan's Media Digest, 12th January 2014