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.
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One of the better TV to cinema crossovers, but still falls short of feeling like an actual film & not just as surplus to the small-screen series. There was a lot of potential with the idea of Alan milking the ensuing media circus of a tragic event to benefit his own struggling career, but this gets quickly sidelined by the silly kidnapping plot. Still very funny & entertaining, but doesn't really aspire to much else.
Suspect Coogan insisted that he have cooler hair in this trans-Atlantic enterprise than in the various television series! Coming after Mid-Morning Matters necessitates a claustrophobic start confined to the radio studio so it's a relief when Alan & Pat get out onto the road. Yet high-stakes action renders Alan's desperation less absurd so it was always going to be a balancing act. Fun, but not essential. Sparks tho!
I actually think this is one of those rare occasions where a sitcom/TV character does transfer to the cinematic format better than expected. The story was kept simple, the focus was on Alan P and his idiosyncratic behaviour as he reacted to the situation around and the format did not over extend itself. To top it off some very funny scenes. :-)
Starts off crackling, observant, funny, and sharp, but gets a bit lost and unfocused when it leaves the studio. Still the occasional gag that hits, but I the whole thing seems to work better when there are more characters and less space.