November 29, 2013 6:27 pm

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa – DVD review

The veteran broadcaster is flung from the high-stakes arena of local radio to a life-or-death hostage crisis

Declan Lowney, 2013

Studiocanal

Partridge-fanciers’ hearts will leap as Norfolk’s own man of steel makes his big-screen debut. Alpha Papa sees DJ Alan flung from the high-stakes arena of local radio to the life-or-death straits of an armed hostage crisis.

When an axed fellow DJ goes postal, Alan must find his inner action hero in a Terry-Wogan-meets-Steven-Seagal scenario. Wisely, Coogan, Iannucci and co have opted for the suitably sitcom-like setting of a radio station. And there’s still time for anecdotes about motorway service stations and supermarket checkouts amid the guts and glory.

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