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The Alan Partridge MovieAlan Partridge: Alpha Papa: North Norfolk’s best DJ finds himself in the middle of a hostage situation. Well, when all other characters fail, thankfully there’s always Partridge for Coogan to fall back on. As far as the comedy goes, this is easily one of the funniest films of the year; the writing and delivery are both fantastic, it’s a great heist farse, and – most crucially – it’s as quotable as the best Partridge to date. I also love how it’s all so British, but in such a loving and honest way; the throwaway lines and small encounters, the cultural references, down to the one-hit-wonder heavy ‘Classic Rock’ / ‘Dad Rock’ soundtrack that really aids the movie’s feel-good tone. Anyone with doubts as to whether or not the TV star can sustain a feature-length will be monumentally converted. The film also stays true to the TV show, with appearances from regulars Lynne, Michael, DJ Dave Clifton, and Sidekick Simon – although it would have been good to see a few more cameos (Dan, Tex, Sonja). I just wish that Coogan would stop getting his bum out ever time he’s in a film. Let’s be honest, Alan Partridge is a national treasure, and most fans were apprehensive about a movie; that being said you couldn’t ask for more of Alpha Papa, it’s simply a great comedy film that will be appearing in many critic’s lists at the end of the year.

Score: 9/10

alan-partridge-alpha-papa Steve Coogan, Alan Partridge, Felicity Montagu, Simon Greenal, Colm Meaney, Monica Dolan, Nigel Lindsay, Darren Boyd, Jaspal Badwell, Robert Whitelock, Peter Baynham, Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons, Armando Iannucci

The Thick of It (Season 3): Fly-on-the-wall mockumentary that takes a satirical look behind the scenes of a governmental department, and British politics in general. It’s essentially The Office, set in Westminster. Synonymous with the show (and ‘In The Loop’ spin-off movie) is Malcolm Tucker. He starts off the season as fantastic insult-generating machine but by half-way mark he’s degenerated into such an unlikable character, that is until we see his human side for an episode, which is a nice touch, but it doesn’t last long. Still “I wouldn’t piss on you if you were allergic to piss” is one of the greatest insults ever. Stuart, the Spin doctor with the bullshit bingo buzzwords was my favourite character, yet biggest stereotype. The rest of the cast hit all the right notes too, and although the characters are all part of the satire, they are rooted firmly in reality, which makes them more believable – much like the situations, storyline and the show overall. Like everything Lannucci does The Thick of It is razor-sharp, and up to the minute. The main problem is that there’s far, far too much fucking swearing in your average fucking episode – so much, that it warrants an 18 cert in the UK, sitcom fail! At the best of times it detracts from the comedy, at the worst of times it sounds like you’re eavesdropping in a prison. Although Malcolm is usually the main source of comedy and is essentially the show’s saviour, it’s too big a task to place on such a hateful character. Funniest in small doses.

Score: 6/10