Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 3 March 2015

Hostage plot for Partridge film

Steve Coogan is playing Alan Partridge on the big screen
Steve Coogan is playing Alan Partridge on the big screen

Steve Coogan has revealed the Alan Partridge movie will see the Norfolk DJ caught up in a hostage situation.

The name for the highly-anticipated big screen spin-off of the hit comedy show has already been confirmed as Alpha Papa, but details of the plot have been kept top secret.

Steve has now told Empire magazine: "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."

Director Declan Lowney added: "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."

It is still not clear if Alan will be the hostage or the hostage taker.

The film, about a siege at Alan's North Norfolk Digital station opens in cinemas on August 7.

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