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Alan Partridge

Alan Partridge

Alan Partridge

Steve Coogan brings his most popular character—the vain, tactless broadcaster Alan Partridge—to the big screen after more than two decades of playing him in British radio and television. At this point Partridge has landed at a radio station in provincial Norfolk, and after the new corporate overlords fire his aging colleague (Colm Meany), the enraged victim marches into a workplace party with a rifle and gunshots light up the windows. (No American comedy could ever get away with this, but such are the benefits of gun control.) Once the police recruit Partridge as a hostage negotiator, the crisis turns into a ratings sensation, with the two men broadcasting from inside. Coogan is an old hand at the comedy of fear, envy, and bruised egotism, and the movie is packed with clever gags (in one shot Partridge claims to be reading a historical website, but a pair of breasts reflected in his eyeglasses tells the real story). Declan Lowney directed; the British title was Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.

Credits

Director:

  • Declan Lowney

Cast:

  • Steve Coogan
  • Colm Meaney
  • Felicity Montagu
  • Monica Dolan
  • Tim Key
  • Simon Greenall
  • Karl Theobald
  • Nigel Lindsay
  • Phil Cornwell
  • Dustin Demri-Burns
  • Anna Maxwell Martin
  • Darren Boyd
  • Sean Pertwee

Producers:

  • Kevin Loader
  • Henry Normal
  • Jenny Borgars
  • Danny Perkins
  • Christine Langan
  • Joe Oppenheimer
  • Steve Coogan
  • Armando Ianucci
  • Peter Baynham
  • Neil Gibbons
  • Rob Gibbons

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