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Published October 21st 2013
12 Hostages, 24 Hours, 1 Partridge
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa is a hilarious British comedy that had the audience entirely in stitches. It was the first time in a long while mine wasn't the loudest, inappropriately timed laughter in the crowd, and that's saying something.
It's corny, it's witty, it'a bad taste; it'a Steve Coogan.
Alan Partridge is a 55 year old breakfast radio DJ on Norwich local radio station; Norfolk Digital. When a multinational conglomerate takes over their station there's talk of clearing the dead wood. When Alan finds out it's between himself and aging, graveyard shift DJ Pat Farrel, his concern for his own status sees him convince the board to 'Just Sack Pat'. This plan backfires extraordinarily during the staff party, when Pat returns, shotgun in tow and takes the staff hostage.The Police recruit Allan as a negotiator, sent in to stabilise the situation but Pat claims him as his partner, "well guest" in crime.
As Alan quickly becomes the 'face' of the siege, the importance of quelling the situation is replaced by Alan's desire for fame and recognition as Pat, Alan and his tied up Sidekick Simon run a live radio show from the siege, and the ratings have never been better.
In a story of sticking it to the big guy and the big time egos of small town radio presenters comes a sacking, a siege and a Hollywood happy ending.
Alan Partridge is Coogan's alter ego originally created for BBC4 Radio program 'On the Hour'. The character has been conjured by Coogan' on many occasions including appearing in two radio series, three television series and numerous TV and radio specials. The seasoned character transfers to the silver screen surprisingly well.
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa is a 90 minute film and rated M.