Back of the net! It’s pure comedy gold

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. While there is action, drama and even romance, Alpha Papa hasn’t put style over substance, or fallen into the trap of using massive special effects and stunts that get in the way of pure comedy gold.

Partridge fans rest assured, this film is “Back of the net!”