Alan tries hard with a vengeance

Undated Film Still Handout from Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. Pictured: STEVE COOGAN as Alan Partridge. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Studio Canal. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.
Undated Film Still Handout from Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. Pictured: STEVE COOGAN as Alan Partridge. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Studio Canal. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

Aha! The long-awaited Alan Partridge movie is finally here. And it’s textbook Partridge.

Alan’s radio station, North Norfolk Digital, has been taken over by a big media company and renamed Shape. Part of their business plan for re-shaping their image involves sacking one of the older DJs. Alan manages to save his job, but when late-night DJ Pat Farrell is laid-off instead he takes the news badly; then takes the station hostage at gunpoint. With Pat refusing to talk to anyone but Alan, Norwich’s most famous TV and radio presenter, is called in by police to act as a negotiator, and the safety of everyone is in his hands.

Fans will be pleased to know that much-loved characters from the hit sitcom ‘I’m Alan Partridge’, including security guard Michael (Simon Greenall) and PA Lynn (Felicity Montagu), are by the DJ’s side to help him through the chaos. Lynn really finds her own opportunity to shine as the events of the siege unfold. When Steve Coogan isn’t delivering punch lines, there’s plenty of slapstick humour to tickle audiences - watch out for an unlikely use of a portaloo and Partridge getting caught with his trousers down.