Alan Partridge movie to re-introduce show favourites as well as newcomers!

by Anna Howell

The much-anticipated Alan Partridge movie is reportedly set to feature a selection of old favourites from the iconic TV show as well as introducing a few new characters who have not yet been seen, the Metro newspaper reports.

Alan Gordon Partridge is a fictional radio and television presenter portrayed, and created by English comedian Steve Coogan originally for the BBC Radio 4 programme On The Hour.

A parody of both sports commentators and chat show presenters, among others, the character has appeared in two radio series, three television series and numerous TV and radio specials, including appearances on BBC’s Comic Relief, which have followed the rise and fall of his career.

And among those previous guests making a return alongside Coogan’s title character are Felicity Montagu, who plays Partridge’s emotionally broken PA Lynn, and Simon Greenall, who plays hotel worker Michael who becomes the deluded presenters only real friend and confidante.

Phil Cornwell is also expected to return to reprise his role of rival DJ Dave Clifton in I’m Alan Partridge, as well as Darren Boyd and Tim Key, who appeared alongside Coogan in the recent Alan Partridge spin-off Mid Morning Matters.

The film, which is being directed by Father Ted veteran Declan Lowney, will also feature Sean Pertwee and Anna Maxwell Martin.

Other details revealed about the films production so far include key scenes set to be filmed in the town of Sheringham, North Norfolk – near Partridge’s home town of Norwich.

The film’s producer, Kevin Loader has also revealed that the film, due to open in cinemas in August, will feature an elaborate, and almost certainly hilarious car chase from Norwich to the nearby town of Cromer.

Loader commented: “It is quite an intricate sequence. We are having a lot of fun. It is hard work but we are very pleased with how funny it is.”

The film, which will be the first production on the big screen, is reported to focus on Alan’s plight to put a stop to the takeover of his employers, North Norfolk, by a major corporation.

Alan Partridge has also appeared in The Day Today, chat show comedy Knowing Me Knowing You and, more recently, the Sky Atlantic spoof documentary show Welcome To The Places Of My Life.

Watch a clip from the first episode of I’m Alan Partridge below: