Radio DJs have been given a bad rap of late, what with Kyle Sandilands' antics, but put your prejudices in a box marked "prejudice", and then place that box in a corner, because you need to know about Alan Partridge.
He is the brainchild of actor/writer/comedian Steve Coogan, who created the Alan Partridge character for the TV series I'm Alan Partridge. But playing a narcissistic, socially inept radio DJ has been good for Coogan, because he is now bringing Alan Partridge to life on the silver screen with Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.
In the film, Alan's radio station is bought out by a big media agency, who not only want a fresher, younger look for North Norfolk Digital, but also want to get rid of some of its long-standing employees. In a moment of selfishness and stupidity, Alan gets his colleague Pat Farrell (Colm Meaney) sacked, and Pat is not happy. He returns to the station angry as hell, and he holds Alan, along with other employees, hostage. It's now up to Alan to save the day and get everyone out of the building safely, but will he muck it up? He does, after all, suffer from very aggressive Athlete's Foot ...
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa is exactly what you want in a comedy film. The lines are witty, the characters are likeable (even Partridge at his worst is still a man you want to cheer for) and it looks as though the the siege itself is handled better by the Norwich Police Force than Kevin Bacon did in all of Season 1 of The Following.
This film is definitely for fans of Steve Coogan and of Alan Partridge, but more than anything, it's a film for anyone who's ever been screwed over by big business, particularly at the expense of a career you love.
Also, Aussie classic You're the Voice by John Farnham makes a surprise guest appearance.
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa comes out on October 24th, 2013 through Studio Canal Distribution.