A first look at the upcoming Alan Partridge film has been unveiled along with an official title and a release date.
The film, previously known as The Alan Partridge Movie, will be titled Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa and released on August 7 by StudioCanal, which will also handle international sales of the film.
The cast, led by Steve Coogan as the comedy character, includes Felicity Montagu, Tim Key, Simon Greenall, Phil Cornwell, Nigel Lindsay and Darren Boyd, all of whom have worked on previous ‘Partridge’ series.
Other cast members include Colm Meaney, Anna Maxwell Martin, Monica Dolan, Sean Pertwee and Dustin Demri-Burns.
Coogan’s Baby Bow Films is producing the feature with backing from BBC Films, BFI Fund and StudioCanal. It has been written by brothers Neil and Rob Gibbons as well as Coogan, Peter Baynham and Armando Ianuucci, all of whom are executive producers on the film.
Additional executive producers are Christine Langan and Joe Oppenheimer for BBC Films, and Danny Perkins and Jenny Borgars for StudioCanal. Chris Collins will oversee for the BFI Film Fund.
The film is directed by Declan Lowney, who previously directed episodes of TV comedies Father Ted, Moone Boy and Little Britain. He also directed one-off Alan Partridge on Open Books with Martin Bryce.
Producers are Kevin Loader and Henry Normal.
Alan Partidge was first created by Coogan and Iannucci in 1991 for comedy radio series On the Hour. The character of a hapless sports commentator and chat show host transferred to television in series including The Day Today, Knowing Me, Knowing You and I’m Alan Partridge.
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