Total Film | Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Review

Fans of Steve Coogan’s enduring middle-aged middle Englander will be gladdened to find that Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa is a resounding success, not tarnishing or diluting the character in any way. While the sitcom-to-cinema route is a path strewn with misfires and missed opportunities (The League Of Gentleman’s Apocalypse, anyone?), Coogan and his phalanx of co-writers (including regular Partridge scribes Peter Baynham and Armando Iannucci) have studiously avoided the pitfalls.

Smartly executed, endlessly quotable and machine-gun quick, this is one of the funniest films of 2013. Accessible for Partridge novices and hugely rewarding for the faithful. Jurassic Park!

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