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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013)

  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 13,641 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 7 August 2013 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 90 min
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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013)


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  • IMDb page: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013)
  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 13,641 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 7 August 2013 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 90 min
  • Filming Location: Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK
  • Gross: $12,664 (USA) (4 April 2014)
  • Director: Declan Lowney
  • Stars: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Tim Key | See full cast and crew »
  • Soundtrack: Koyaanisqatsi
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Police | Radio Station | Siege | Tied To A Chair | Security Guard

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Peter Baynham  writer
  • Steve Coogan 
  • Neil Gibbons  screenplay
  • Rob Gibbons  screenplay
  • Armando Iannucci  writer

Known Trivia

  • The film’s producers sought special permission by Marillion to create a running joke around a fictional portrayal of the band’s drummer. The band claimed they were sufficiently amused by the clips they saw and granted permission. Members of the band also attended the Norwich premiere of the film. 18 of 18 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The radio station jingles are voiced by local Norfolk voiceover Darren Deans 2 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The audio automation system used in the studios and OB Truck, is ENCO Presenter. 1 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Goofs: Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Alan tells us the time is one minute to noon, however the clock reads 11 o'clock.

Plot: When famous DJ Alan Partridge's radio station is taken over by a new media conglomerate, it sets in motion a chain of events which see Alan having to work with the police to defuse a potentially violent siege.  »

Story: When famous DJ Alan Partridge’s radio station is taken over by a new media conglomerate, it sets in motion a chain of events which see Alan having to work with the police to defuse a potentially violent siege.


Synopsis: A local radio station in Norwich, North Norfolk Digital, has been bought out by a multinational conglomerate and is about to be re-branded as "Shape", with staff members facing redundancies. DJ Alan Partridge is unconcerned about the change but fellow DJ Pat Farrell (Colm Meaney) fears for his job, and pleads with Alan to gatecrash a board meeting and persuade the new owners not to get rid of him. When Alan inadvertently discovers it is either Pat or himself that must go, he betrays Pat, writing "JUST SACK PAT" on the meeting room flipchart. Pat is later asked to leave.

That evening the new owners of the station host a party and while Alan is outside with his assistant Lynn (Felicity Montagu), Pat enters the station with a shotgun and holds the staff hostage. Alan returns to the party and is shot at by Pat. Escaping and commandeering a car he heads to the nearest police station (just over the road) to report events. The police press Alan into service as a negotiator, establish a command centre in a nearby school and send him back into the station to speak to Pat.

Alan builds an uneasy rapport with Pat, who explains that he just wants his job back, and together with Alan’s co-presenter Sidekick Simon (Tim Key) they continue to host an on-off radio show during the siege. Alan hallucinates several times about being a hero and ending the siege, but cannot bring himself to grab Pat’s gun. As the siege becomes national news, Lynn is persuaded to ditch her frumpy style for a TV interview and Alan’s ego swells due to his pivotal role. He steals a kiss from a co-worker named Angela who caught his eye earlier in the day (Monica Dolan).

Alan accidentally locks himself out of the building and loses his trousers whilst trying to get back in through a window. The police realise he is ineffective as a negotiator and instead try to send in an undercover officer disguised as a pizza delivery man, but Alan interrupts and takes the pizzas in himself. Once inside, he discovers a taser in one of the boxes, and an argument erupts between the hostages during which the police burst in. Pat manages to escape with Alan and Alan’s faithful Geordie friend Michael (Simon Greenall) in the stations tour bus.While on the tour bus Pat and Alan continue to host the ongoing radio show, and it seems as if they trust one another again. But when looking at a photo of the radio management, Pat notices Alan’s "JUST SACK PAT" on the flipchart in the background, and recognising his handwriting deduces Alan was behind his redundancy. Alan hides in the tour bus portaloo and escapes under the bus in the septic tank.

The final scene takes place on Cromer Pier where Pat faces off with Alan and the police. Michael tries to distract Pat by throwing himself off the pier (to no effect), and Pat explains he is depressed due to the death of his wife. Unable to shoot himself with the long-barreled shotgun, Pat gives the gun to Alan, who throws the weapon aside and is shot in the leg as it goes off, and also accidentally shot in the shoulder by a police sniper. Lynn arrives thinking Alan is dead but a paramedic assures him he will be fine.

The film ends with Alan returning to North Norfolk Digital along with the (somewhat shell-shocked) Sidekick Simon and a weekly call-in from Pat who has now been jailed. Alan has also formed a relationship with mother-of-two Angela and is seen driving off on holiday with her and her two boys, towing a boat on a trailer bearing the legend "Alpha Papa".


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Steve Coogan known as executive producer
  • Neil Gibbons known as executive producer
  • Rob Gibbons known as executive producer
  • Faiza Hosenie known as line producer
  • Armando Iannucci known as executive producer
  • Christine Langan known as executive producer
  • Kevin Loader known as producer
  • Henry Normal known as producer
  • Joe Oppenheimer known as executive producer
  • Danny Perkins known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Colm Meaney known as Pat Farrell
  • Steve Coogan known as Alan Partridge / Jason Statham / Jason Bourne / Jason Argonaut
  • Tim Key known as Side Kick Simon
  • Karl Theobald known as Greg Frampton
  • Nigel Lindsay known as Jason Tresswell
  • Felicity Montagu known as Lynn Benfield
  • Dustin Demri-Burns known as Danny Sinclair
  • Molly Seymour known as Danny's Posse
  • Adam Langstaff known as Danny's Posse
  • Aaron Heffernan known as Danny's Posse
  • Simon Greenall known as Michael
  • Phil Cornwell known as Dave Clifton
  • Monica Dolan known as Angela Ashbourne
  • Kieran Hodgson known as Exec
  • Elizabeth Berrington known as Bettie
  • Katie Males known as Desk WPC
  • Dan Mersh known as Sarge
  • Anna Maxwell Martin known as Janet Whitehead
  • Darren Boyd known as Martin Finch
  • Sean Pertwee known as Steve Stubbs
  • Simon Delaney known as Don
  • Simon Kunz known as Conner Scott
  • Lucy Briers known as Tonia Scott
  • Debra Stewart known as Chastity John
  • Jessica Knappett known as WPC Ruth
  • Peter Singh known as Officer Rohan Kapoor
  • Jayne Secker known as Sky News Reporter
  • Diane Morgan known as Girl in Crowd
  • Clive Myrie known as BBC News 24 Anchor
  • Stewart White known as BBC Look East Anchor
  • Eleanor Matsuura known as TV Reporter
  • Robert Whitelock known as Armed Mangina Officer
  • Martin Glyn Murray known as Mangina Paparazzo
  • Cicely Giddings known as Septic Tank Girl
  • Alan Rothwell known as Old Man on Pier
  • Rita Davies known as Old Lady on Pier
  • Anna Stockton known as Paramedic
  • Jaspal Badwell known as Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Paul Blackwell known as Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Chris Cowlin known as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Martin Crossingham known as Policeman (uncredited)
  • Darren Deans known as Jingles Voiceover (uncredited)
  • Amanda Edwards known as Policewoman (uncredited)
  • Nigel Genis known as Press / Photographer (uncredited)
  • Richard Herdman known as Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Stuart Matthews known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Gino Picciano known as Gawper (uncredited)
  • Liquid Thomas known as Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Vic Waghorn known as Police Sergeant (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Sally Collins known as makeup artist
  • Dan Frye known as prothetics mouldmaker
  • Lesley Noble known as makeup artist
  • Vanessa White known as hair designer
  • Vanessa White known as makeup designer

Art Department:

  • Alex Abelman known as carpenter
  • Daniel Ainslie known as propmaster
  • Lauren Briggs-Miller known as art department assistant
  • Dan Crandon known as construction manager
  • Gary Jobber known as carpenter
  • Daithi Magner known as props
  • Dan Marsden known as construction supervisor
  • Lara Murray known as hod scenic painter
  • Julian Nix known as graphic designer
  • Daisy Popham known as production buyer
  • Richard Rowntree known as greensman (For Palmbrokers)
  • Mark Runchman known as standby props
  • David Sutheran known as daily dressing props
  • Joe Vassallo known as scenic painter
  • Matilda Wainwright known as stand-by art director
  • Mark Wallis known as carpenter




Production Companies:

  • Baby Cow Films
  • Baby Cow Productions

Other Companies:

  • 4K London  digital imaging services
  • ARRI Lighting Rental  lighting supplied by
  • Compuhire  computer playback
  • De Lane Lea  ADR recording
  • Fatts  post production script services
  • Halo Post Production  sound post-production
  • Key Console Systems  lighting console provided by
  • Pivotal Post  Avid HD Editing Equipment Provided By
  • Production Copier Company  production equipment and services
  • Take 2 Film Services  camera equipment provided by
  • Useful Media Company, The  set equipment


  • Magnolia Pictures (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
  • StudioCanal (2013) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Future Film (2013) (Finland) (all media)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • Fiorenza Bagnariol known as digital film bureau
  • Simone Coco known as digital compositor
  • Peter Collins known as digital intermediate
  • Louise Hussey known as visual effects producer
  • Hayden Jones known as visual effects supervisor
  • Paul Jones known as visual effects line producer
  • Timothy P. Jones known as digital film bureau
  • Christine Lemon known as visual effects coordinator
  • Reuben Lloyd-Pack known as visual effects editor: double negative
  • Laura Pavone known as colour assist
  • Rob Pizzey known as digital colourist
  • Jonathan Privett known as visual effects supervisor
  • Aurora Shannon known as colour assist

MPAA: Rated R for language, brief violence and nudity



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. Alec Partridge from United Kingdom
    09 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    Now let me get this straight. I'm not Alan Partridge. I didn't decideone Monday afternoon, while eating a double decker, to come on to IMDband give a review. That would be illegal. Neither am I plugging doubledeckers. They're really nice though, and I reckon Jesus would probablyeat them. I digress. Alpha Papa is amazing. Alan Partridge will surelyget the Oscar nod for best actor. If you thought Brokeback Mountain wasstunning (I didn't) then you'll bend over backwards to watch this. Alandoesn't play a gay cowboy, but rather a non-gay radio show presenterwho ends up in a siege (sorry about the spoiler). And he doesn't die atthe end either like Bruce Willis in Sixth Sense, or the dog in BobMarley and Me. No, he lives after enduring what can only be describedas an epic battle of man versus another slightly crazy man, who looks abit like that bloke off Star Trek with the fake Irish accent.Anyway…don't waste your time watching Monsters University or theslightly camp Wolverine who has knives and forks for hands. Watch areal man in action giving the performance of his life.

  2. yeltzmanmatt from Birmingham, England
    09 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    As a fan of Alan Partridge I was looking forward to seeing this and Iwasn't let down. I'm not sure what people who haven't seen the TV showswill make of it but for fans this is a big treat.

    The plot is pretty flimsy but when you have a character like AlanPartridge you really don't need much of one. The jokes and laughs keepflowing and whilst some miss the mark there are plenty of scenes thatwill have tears running down your face. Some of the old favourites likeLynn and Michael (slightly superfluous in this) are here but this isall about Alan.

    It plays like a very long version of an episode but it's face pacedenough to never get tedious and the film just flies by. This is a filmthat can be enjoyed by anyone and may even garner a new generation ofPartridge fans.

    Alpha Papa is a comedy that actually makes you laugh and is highlyrecommended.

  3. pugheaven from Ellesmere Port (UK)
    09 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    Have to say, this is the funniest film I've seen in a fair few yearsnow. I'm a massive Partridge fan but these cinema outings for TVcharacters can fall on their face… this didn't…

    I dragged the wife along who's NOT a fan and even she had tears in hereyes laughing her head off… whole screening was packed and everyoneloving it. If you DON'T like Partridge, you won't like this… simpleas that… however if you do, be ready for a fantastic film.

    Fair play to Coogen and the writers… to keep the character freshafter 20+ years… and then base a whole film at a radio station for90+ minutes and entertain, that takes some writings. Go watch… youwill not be disappointed and it's Partridge at his BEST!

  4. cathalokane from United Kingdom
    09 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    I am huge Alan Partridge fan but despite this, I went into this filmwith slight trepidation as I don't think I can remember a TV-Filmcomedy transition that ever managed to really capture the magic of theTV version.

    Alas it is the same story again here.

    For me, the series of Alan Partridge where he lives in the motel, isone of the greatest comedy series of all time (C*** P*** Partridge),and the follow up series with him living in the caravan is every bitit's equal (Dan!!?). The recent radio shorts are also pretty good.

    However, the magic of Alan is missed just slightly in the movie. As isalways the case with these crossovers, the cinema transition seems todemand a higher pacing of the comedy along with the more bombasticproduction generally, and this doesn't really sit well with Alan. Youneed to be able to watch his every facial expression, and capture everyword of his dialogue and just take in the hilarity of his view of theworld. Likewise, his supporting characters have all been unique intheir own ways, but in this big screen version they have been almostcaricatured and stripped of any real wit or supporting merit. Michaelis particularly disappointing in this regard but Lynn's involvement isalso slightly… pointless and over-the-top when she is used.

    I found the whole cinema experience a little bit tiresome and that'sthe first time I've ever said that about anything with Alan Partridgein it. This is a decent film, and fans will find lots to titter at, butI would be surprised if there is anything truly memorable when we lookback in a few months time. Even after first watch, there isn't a phraseI can pick out that will stick in my mind, and that's the reallydisappointing thing.

    The three-quarters full audience of my cinema in SW London seemed toenjoy it but there were no extended belly laughs – just murmurs oflaughter spotted throughout, and one almost sensed that we were allcollectively colluding in really wanting this film to be better than itactually was by lending our laughs. I'll give it another try on thesmall screen and perhaps my mind will change but until then, and afterfirst watch, this is a slightly disappointing 6/10.

  5. plummerrobin from United Kingdom
    09 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    I went to see this with some friends on the day it came out. As aPartridge fan you will not be disappointed. The film contains all thebest characters from the TV Series and Steve Coogan's brilliance asAlan just made the film so funny. There are constant one liners, looks,expressions, silly voices almost every minute. Everyone in the cinemawas laughing out loud throughout the full 90 minutes.

    There is also a great sound track and lots of familiar tunes and thescene during the credits will have you laughing throughout.

    Excellent film go and see it even if you are not a Alan Partridge/SteveCoogan fan because it is a generally funny film.

  6. Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    09 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    There have been numerous movie versions of popular British TV seriesover the years. And the results have by and large not been good. Mostof the time, they seem to go on holiday. At the very least, they alwaysmake the story 'more cinematic'. They involve the sitcom characters ina larger than life story. Or they go to Spain. I've never understoodthe logic of this approach, as the sitcoms are popular in the firstplace for being about a particular small-scale situation. Once thecharacters are transported out of this, a crucial part of what makesthem work in the first place is lost. I can't help but think thatfilm-makers continually mis-read the public on this point. What we wantin a film version of a loved TV show is more of the same but for 90minutes as opposed to 30. This leads on to Alan Partridge.

    'I'm Alan Partridge' was in my opinion one of the funniest TV seriesever devised. In particular the first season was comedy gold from startto finish. So, what of the movie version? On the whole it was prettyfunny but it did feel the need to incorporate a 'big story' into thenarrative. Again, this makes no real sense, seeing as Alan himself isso very amusing because he is a mediocre TV presenter who lives in arealistic world. The humour comes out of the fact that his situationsare believable and mundane. In this film the writers have felt the needto involve him at the centre of an armed siege and he gets involved inlife or death situations. In a similar way to the 'Are You BeingServed?' team going to the Costa del Sol for a group holiday, thisstory is not true to the character and doesn't really play to hisstrengths. The storyline is overall a little lame and it awkwardly fitsin important characters from the series like Michael and Lynn – both ofwhom aren't very well used. Partridge himself is funny – very funny attimes – but even he isn't really on top form, simply because thewriting isn't as good as the TV series. Steve Coogan is always worthwatching though and anything with Partridge is as well so the movie isworth seeing if you are a fan of either. It's still a good enoughcomedy but just pales a bit considering the quality of the TV show andthe unnecessarily unPartridge-like story-line. So, overall it's prettyfunny but like all cinematic versions of British TV series, a littlefrustrating overall; although in fairness, it's one of the betterattempts but probably only due to the genius of the Partridgecharacter.

  7. James Michael Clarke
    09 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    Im a big Partridge fan, but i went into this ready to be disappointed.So i got up early, went to an 11:30 showing in a town an hours travelaway and sat in a cinema that was basically empty.

    I did not stop laughing once. I was literally tittering every time Alanso much as breathed (through his nose). The plot was a littleunderwhelming, the antagonist wasn't very antagonising, and really, theonly funny character was Alan. In the series, i always thought thesupporting cast were quite funny, especially Michael, but in thisadaption, Alan was the only one getting laughs.

    But, this film is definitely a solid 8 for me. I'd watch this alongwith the rest of the series.

    Title is still rubbish though.

  8. wlrandle from UK
    09 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    I thought that this wasn't going to be as funny as the TV series asfilm adaptations never are.

    To be frank (i'm not named Frank BTW) – it was hilarious. Cinema waspacked at the 21:30 showing (full of men with a few women that had beendragged along – i bet they actually loved it really) and everyone waslaughing out loud and tittering every couple of minutes.

    The plot worked – initially i thought it wouldn't be able to maintainitself for the films length but it was like an awesomely long episodeof Alan. Alan's character actually has enough weight for several filmsand more interesting formats i think. Alan Partridge the Musical – iwould go and see – and i hate musicals.

    True brilliance and genius from those who know Alan's mind inside out.

    Long live King Alan. The quality shines through – far better thanGervais et al.

  9. kosmasp
    09 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    As I watched this on my trip to London and have no previous connectionto Alan Partridge I cannot judge this against the series, as anotherreviewer has done already (at least). I can say that I like SteveCoogan a lot, which was one of the main reasons I wanted to see it. Andhe is a very funny guy. The premise itself has some very funny momentsindeed, though it sometimes goes sour in a heartbeat (for all the wrongreasons that is).

    The movie is somewhat based in reality, but it's an Alan Partridgereality. Still there are too many things that are convenient and mostof it is really predictable. Weren't it for the charm of the leadactors and their playing of the roles, I think many more would noticethat this runs out of steam quickly (story wise). The finale then isvery weird (with police acting even weirder, passive/active wise thatis) … a shorter version would've been much appreciated.

  10. gdg23 from United Kingdom
    09 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    I wasn't expecting great things of this movie, how many times havefantastic TV characters hit the big screen only to lose everything thatmade them special? So after guzzling my own body weight in KFCdeliciousness, and arming myself with a kilo of pick & mix I sat myselfdown and awaited the inevitable half hour or so of charitable, butrather forced laughter, followed by the hour of quiet dismay and regretat not having waited a couple of months to buy the DVD for 3quid.

    But things began well… actually that's not true, things began badlyas we were made to sit through 25 minutes of trailers for what lookedlike a selection of the very worst films ever made. And _then_ thingsimproved. The opening credits are a gem, Alan is driving into Norwich,Roachford 'Cuddly Toy' (inspired selection!) on the stereo, mouthingthe words with such conviction that I found myself almost joining in.

    We are introduced to the new cut-throat profit-at-all-costs owners ofRadio Norwich (now re-branded as Shape FM), Alan is oblivious to thethreat the takeover poses to his own position, but other colleagues arefeeling less secure. In particular graveyard shift DJ Pat Farrell fearsfor his job and convinces Alan to talk to the new owners in a bid tosecure their futures. Alan eventually agrees, with the inevitable endresult that, in a bid for self-preservation, he talks the owners intosacking Pat.

    Pat reacts rather badly to his dismissal, and at the launch party forthe new re-branded station takes the staff hostage. By a twist of fateAlan is outside at this point, but as the siege unfolds is asked by thepolice to go back into the building to aid communication with theraving Pat.

    From here it pans out probably as you'd expect, but that's good newsbecause by keeping it simple the writers concentrate on gags, and thereare enough good ones to keep you chuckling all the way through. It'snot all laugh out loud by any means, but there are enough solid laughsthat you never feel like the movie is dying.

    I guess it helped that I was on a sugar high for most of the film, andof course comedy can really depend on your mood. But for me I felt thatmost of the jokes worked. It's true that some worked better thanothers, but it was rare that I felt a big gag failed completely.

    It also helps that some of the funniest moments come towards the end,in particular a Bin Laden line that made me laugh uncontrollably at thetime, and even as I write this is making me chuckle.

    I wouldn't describe this as a classic by any means, but I think it'dbear watching again. Who knows, I might even invest in the DVD afterall… at the right price.

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