‘Alan Partridge’ movie will place Steve Coogan’s DJ in ‘a hostage situation’

Partridge's first big screen adventure arrives in cinemas on August 7

The upcoming Alan Partridge movie will place Norfolk’s finest DJ in a “hostage situation”, Steve Coogan and director Declan Lowney have revealed.

The film’s official title – Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa – has recently been revealed in a trailer that appears at the bottom of the article. Now Coogan and Lowney have shared a few plot details in an interview with Empire, with Coogan suggesting the film is a cross between classic hostage thriller Dog Day Afternoon and ’70s TV industry satire Network.

Coogan explained: “We’re putting him into a situation. We had to make it filmic without throwing away the DNA that makes him Alan-like. So we kicked around a lot of ideas and ended up with something that’s a bit Dog Day Afternoon and a bit Network. There is a threat level.”

However, Declan Lowney insisted the film’s storyline won’t feel unrealistic, adding: “The notion of Alan being caught up in a hostage situation is outlandish, but how it happens is perfectly believable. Steve strives for stuff to be real, even with all the gags. That said, there’s quite a bit of action. We’ve got violence, guns and heavy kissing.”

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa is scheduled to arrive in cinemas on August 7. Coogan’s signature character was last seen in the web series Mid Morning Matters, and in two TV specials for Sky Atlantic, Welcome To The Places Of My Life and Alan Partridge On Open Books.