Principal photography has begun on The Alan Partridge Movie (working title).

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.

New cast includes Colm Meaney, Anna Maxwell Martin, Monica Dolan, Sean Pertwee and Dustin Demri-Burns.

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Coogan’s Baby Bow Films will produce the feature with backing from BBC Films, BFI Fund and StudioCanal. It will be written by brothers Neil and Rob Gibbons as well as Steve 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 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.

The film is scheduled for release in the UK this summer, distributed by StudioCanal which will also handle international sales for the film.

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.