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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013)

  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 14,796 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 7 August 2013 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 90 min
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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013)

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  • IMDb page: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013)
  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 14,796 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 7 August 2013 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 90 min
  • Filming Location: Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK
  • Gross: $147,831 (USA) (9 May 2014)
  • Director: Declan Lowney
  • Stars: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Tim Key | See full cast and crew »
  • Soundtrack: Sky News Toth
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Police | Radio Station | Siege | Tied To A Chair | Security Guard

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Peter Baynham  writer
  • Steve Coogan 
  • Neil Gibbons  screenplay
  • Rob Gibbons  screenplay
  • Armando Iannucci  writer

Known Trivia

  • The film’s producers sought special permission by Marillion to create a running joke around a fictional portrayal of the band’s drummer. The band claimed they were sufficiently amused by the clips they saw and granted permission. Members of the band also attended the Norwich premiere of the film. 23 of 23 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The radio station jingles are voiced by local Norfolk voiceover Darren Deans 2 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The audio automation system used in the studios and OB Truck, is ENCO Presenter. 2 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Goofs: Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Alan tells us the time is one minute to noon, however the clock reads 11 o'clock.

Plot: When famous DJ Alan Partridge's radio station is taken over by a new media conglomerate, it sets in motion a chain of events which see Alan having to work with the police to defuse a potentially violent siege.  »

Story: When famous DJ Alan Partridge’s radio station is taken over by a new media conglomerate, it sets in motion a chain of events which see Alan having to work with the police to defuse a potentially violent siege.


Synopsis: A local radio station in Norwich, North Norfolk Digital, has been bought out by a multinational conglomerate and is about to be re-branded as "Shape", with staff members facing redundancies. DJ Alan Partridge is unconcerned about the change but fellow DJ Pat Farrell (Colm Meaney) fears for his job, and pleads with Alan to gatecrash a board meeting and persuade the new owners not to get rid of him. When Alan inadvertently discovers it is either Pat or himself that must go, he betrays Pat, writing "JUST SACK PAT" on the meeting room flipchart. Pat is later asked to leave.

That evening the new owners of the station host a party and while Alan is outside with his assistant Lynn (Felicity Montagu), Pat enters the station with a shotgun and holds the staff hostage. Alan returns to the party and is shot at by Pat. Escaping and commandeering a car he heads to the nearest police station (just over the road) to report events. The police press Alan into service as a negotiator, establish a command centre in a nearby school and send him back into the station to speak to Pat.

Alan builds an uneasy rapport with Pat, who explains that he just wants his job back, and together with Alan’s co-presenter Sidekick Simon (Tim Key) they continue to host an on-off radio show during the siege. Alan hallucinates several times about being a hero and ending the siege, but cannot bring himself to grab Pat’s gun. As the siege becomes national news, Lynn is persuaded to ditch her frumpy style for a TV interview and Alan’s ego swells due to his pivotal role. He steals a kiss from a co-worker named Angela who caught his eye earlier in the day (Monica Dolan).

Alan accidentally locks himself out of the building and loses his trousers whilst trying to get back in through a window. The police realise he is ineffective as a negotiator and instead try to send in an undercover officer disguised as a pizza delivery man, but Alan interrupts and takes the pizzas in himself. Once inside, he discovers a taser in one of the boxes, and an argument erupts between the hostages during which the police burst in. Pat manages to escape with Alan and Alan’s faithful Geordie friend Michael (Simon Greenall) in the stations tour bus.While on the tour bus Pat and Alan continue to host the ongoing radio show, and it seems as if they trust one another again. But when looking at a photo of the radio management, Pat notices Alan’s "JUST SACK PAT" on the flipchart in the background, and recognising his handwriting deduces Alan was behind his redundancy. Alan hides in the tour bus portaloo and escapes under the bus in the septic tank.

The final scene takes place on Cromer Pier where Pat faces off with Alan and the police. Michael tries to distract Pat by throwing himself off the pier (to no effect), and Pat explains he is depressed due to the death of his wife. Unable to shoot himself with the long-barreled shotgun, Pat gives the gun to Alan, who throws the weapon aside and is shot in the leg as it goes off, and also accidentally shot in the shoulder by a police sniper. Lynn arrives thinking Alan is dead but a paramedic assures him he will be fine.

The film ends with Alan returning to North Norfolk Digital along with the (somewhat shell-shocked) Sidekick Simon and a weekly call-in from Pat who has now been jailed. Alan has also formed a relationship with mother-of-two Angela and is seen driving off on holiday with her and her two boys, towing a boat on a trailer bearing the legend "Alpha Papa".


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Steve Coogan known as executive producer
  • Neil Gibbons known as executive producer
  • Rob Gibbons known as executive producer
  • Faiza Hosenie known as line producer
  • Armando Iannucci known as executive producer
  • Christine Langan known as executive producer
  • Kevin Loader known as producer
  • Henry Normal known as producer
  • Joe Oppenheimer known as executive producer
  • Danny Perkins known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Colm Meaney known as Pat Farrell
  • Steve Coogan known as Alan Partridge / Jason Statham / Jason Bourne / Jason Argonaut
  • Tim Key known as Side Kick Simon
  • Karl Theobald known as Greg Frampton
  • Nigel Lindsay known as Jason Tresswell
  • Felicity Montagu known as Lynn Benfield
  • Dustin Demri-Burns known as Danny Sinclair
  • Molly Seymour known as Danny's Posse
  • Adam Langstaff known as Danny's Posse
  • Aaron Heffernan known as Danny's Posse
  • Simon Greenall known as Michael
  • Phil Cornwell known as Dave Clifton
  • Monica Dolan known as Angela Ashbourne
  • Kieran Hodgson known as Exec
  • Elizabeth Berrington known as Bettie
  • Katie Males known as Desk WPC
  • Dan Mersh known as Sarge
  • Anna Maxwell Martin known as Janet Whitehead
  • Darren Boyd known as Martin Finch
  • Sean Pertwee known as Steve Stubbs
  • Simon Delaney known as Don
  • Simon Kunz known as Conner Scott
  • Lucy Briers known as Tonia Scott
  • Debra Stewart known as Chastity John
  • Jessica Knappett known as WPC Ruth
  • Peter Singh known as Officer Rohan Kapoor
  • Jayne Secker known as Sky News Reporter
  • Diane Morgan known as Girl in Crowd
  • Clive Myrie known as BBC News 24 Anchor
  • Stewart White known as BBC Look East Anchor
  • Eleanor Matsuura known as TV Reporter
  • Robert Whitelock known as Armed Mangina Officer
  • Martin Glyn Murray known as Mangina Paparazzo
  • Cicely Giddings known as Septic Tank Girl
  • Alan Rothwell known as Old Man on Pier
  • Rita Davies known as Old Lady on Pier
  • Anna Stockton known as Paramedic
  • Jaspal Badwell known as Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Paul Blackwell known as Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Chris Cowlin known as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Martin Crossingham known as Policeman (uncredited)
  • Darren Deans known as Jingles Voiceover (uncredited)
  • Amanda Edwards known as Policewoman (uncredited)
  • Nigel Genis known as Press / Photographer (uncredited)
  • Richard Herdman known as Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Stuart Matthews known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Gino Picciano known as Gawper (uncredited)
  • Liquid Thomas known as Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Vic Waghorn known as Police Sergeant (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Sally Collins known as makeup artist
  • Dan Frye known as prothetics mouldmaker
  • Lesley Noble known as makeup artist
  • Vanessa White known as hair designer
  • Vanessa White known as makeup designer

Art Department:

  • Alex Abelman known as carpenter
  • Daniel Ainslie known as propmaster
  • Lauren Briggs-Miller known as art department assistant
  • Dan Crandon known as construction manager
  • Gary Jobber known as carpenter
  • Daithi Magner known as props
  • Dan Marsden known as construction supervisor
  • Lara Murray known as hod scenic painter
  • Julian Nix known as graphic designer
  • Daisy Popham known as production buyer
  • Richard Rowntree known as greensman (For Palmbrokers)
  • Mark Runchman known as standby props
  • David Sutheran known as daily dressing props
  • Joe Vassallo known as scenic painter
  • Matilda Wainwright known as stand-by art director
  • Mark Wallis known as carpenter




Production Companies:

  • Baby Cow Films
  • Baby Cow Productions

Other Companies:

  • 4K London  digital imaging services
  • ARRI Lighting Rental  lighting supplied by
  • Compuhire  computer playback
  • De Lane Lea  ADR recording
  • Fatts  post production script services
  • Halo Post Production  sound post-production
  • Key Console Systems  lighting console provided by
  • Pivotal Post  Avid HD Editing Equipment Provided By
  • Production Copier Company  production equipment and services
  • Take 2 Film Services  camera equipment provided by
  • Useful Media Company, The  set equipment


  • Magnolia Pictures (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
  • StudioCanal (2013) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Future Film (2013) (Finland) (all media)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:

  • Fiorenza Bagnariol known as digital film bureau
  • Simone Coco known as digital compositor
  • Peter Collins known as digital intermediate
  • Louise Hussey known as visual effects producer
  • Hayden Jones known as visual effects supervisor
  • Paul Jones known as visual effects line producer
  • Timothy P. Jones known as digital film bureau
  • Christine Lemon known as visual effects coordinator
  • Reuben Lloyd-Pack known as visual effects editor: double negative
  • Laura Pavone known as colour assist
  • Rob Pizzey known as digital colourist
  • Jonathan Privett known as visual effects supervisor
  • Aurora Shannon known as colour assist

MPAA: Rated R for language, brief violence and nudity



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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