Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
United Kingdom, 2013, 90 Minute Running Time
Topic: Comedy
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: English

A UK comedy legend who has never quite broken out of cult status over here, Steve Coogan has been impersonating the deluded radio DJ, chat-show host and hilariously obtuse egomaniac Alan Partridge for more than 20 years.

The picturesque but sleepy city of Norwich near England’s east coast is his domain; befouling the airwaves with self-important chatter –"We're asking, what is the worst monger? Iron, fish… rumor… or war?" – is his very funny game.

When North Norfolk Digital radio is taken over by a media conglomerate and renamed "Shape", out-of-step late-night host Pat Farrell (Colm Meaney, Great!) is left jobless. Shotgun in hand, Farrell marches into the station and takes a handful of hostages. The only person he will talk to is erstwhile co-worker Partridge, who reluctantly steps into the role of hostage negotiator.

Rife with characteristic Partridge non-sequiturs and a surprising amount of heart, "Alpha Papa" is satire at its best and a brilliant introduction to the skewed world of Coogan’s riotous alter ego.

DIRECTOR: Declan Lowney
Producer: Kevin Loader, Henry Normal
Editor: Mark Everson
Screenwriter: Rob Gibbons, Neil Gibbons, Armando Iannucci, Peter Baynham, Steve Coogan
Cinematographer: Ben Smithard
Principal Cast: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Felicity Montagu, Sean Pertwee
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Magnolia Pictures

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