Thursday, 17 April 2014

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa set for a sequel

Fish out your leather driving gloves and Roachford CDs because Norwich's finest, Alan Partridge, is set to return for a second helping of cinematic mayhem. Henry Normal, the co-founder of Steve Coogan's production house Baby Cow, told the Guardian recently that a sequel to Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013) and a new Sky series are both in the pipeline.





"We are planning a sequel, yes, that will be great," Normal revealed at Advertising Week Europe. "We are also looking at doing more Mid Morning Matters and another Sky special, a little bit like Coast with Alan Partridge, except I don't think he goes out of Norfolk."

According to Normal, the writing team will fire up almost immediately. "We start writing now", he said, "[and] I think we make it at the end of summer."

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, which pooled the scribing skills of Coogan, Armando Iannucci and brothers Neil and Rob Gibbons, saw the breakfast DJ facing down deranged former North Norfolk Digital employee Pat Farrell (Colm Meaney).

Will the sequel follow the Die Hard (1988) or Under Siege (1992) formula of inserting Partridge into the jaws of danger at a major transport nexus, or will it follow the recent trend for 'darker' follow-ups? With any luck we'll find out soon.

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