Following years of overblown rumours and hype, the hotly-anticipated Alan Partridge movie will receive a release next August, its UK distributor has confirmed.
Early plot details are sketchy, but we’re told that the film will see Steve Coogan’s comic creation attempt to “salvage his public career while negotiating a potentially violent turn of events”. Rumours are that Alan will take on a powerful media conglomerate – we’ve seen Coogan do that before, haven’t we?
A quite brilliant press release for the news saw Coogan, talking as Partridge, claiming that the backing of French company StudioCanal made it “the greatest Anglo-French co-operation since the Normandy landings”.
The buffoonish broadcaster first found a cult following during his stint as a sports reporter on Radio 4′s satirical ‘On The Hour’ show, before finding superstardom with his own TV series; ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ and ‘I’m Alan Partrige’.
It’s been a good week already for Partridge fans, with Alan making his return to the small screen in a one-hour special shown last night on Sky Atlantic: ‘Welcome to the Places of My Life’. The TV special came hot on the heels of Partridge’s autobiography which was released last Christmas.
The film begins shooting on 7 January and will be released in the UK on 16 August.