Finally! An Alan Partridge Movie

Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge

The last couple of years have seen a glorious return from one of British comedy’s most cherished characters. Alan Partridge, played with oily glee by Steve Coogan, has released an autobiography, appeared in a series of web-only comedy shorts, from the studios of his North Norfolk Digital radio station, and even had a slot in the recent Comic Relief Red Nose extravaganza, in which he had a nose-bleed and sneezed on a nun.

And now it seems Alan will be taking the next step up, appearing in his own movie. But it won’t be a glossy action adventure epic, in which dark armies arrive to attack our hero. Speaking at the BAFTA screening of Veep, Alan’s co-creator Armando Iannucci pointed out that it would be strange to try and put him into an extreme situation, given how restricted his horizons are: “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 its name changed to Shape. And that kicks everything off.”

And if you think that doesn’t sound too startling as a jump-off point for a film, here’s a (NSFW) clip from a recent Mid-Morning Matters, in which we see just how well Alan can take a harmless gag:

See what I mean? We don’t need much more than a miffed Alan to make the magic happen.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 13 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Music.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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