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Stella Street box set review: just popping down the shop to see Mick and Keef

Phil Cornwell and John Sessions play the cornershop owners Jagger and Richards – plus Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine, David Bowie and many, many more – in this hilarious, heartwarming mockumentary

Imagine Beverly Hills has been carpet-bombed. The mansions are gone. Where could Hollywood’s uber-celebrities move to? In 1997, the answer was Stella Street in London: a quiet corner of the city that offered sanctuary to the likes of Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson and other stars from Britain, the Us and beyond. In a single leafy street (actually Hartswood Road in W12, still a place of pilgrimage for fans of the show) they could have peace, and nip out to do their shopping paparazzi-free at the local newsagent, which was run by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

This was the absurd scenario dreamed up by Comic Strip director Peter Richardson, and acted out with documentary seriousness by just two actors. It was YouTube before YouTube,
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24 great comedy shows that deserve more love

We asked Den Of Geek’s writers to recommend brilliant comedy shows that deserve to have more of a fuss made about them. Here they are...

Banging a drum about stuff we love is more or less our remit on Den Of Geek - hence what many readers have started referring to as the ‘inexplicably regular' appearance of Statham, squirrels and Harold Bishop from Neighbours on these pages.

To that end then, we asked our writers which comedy shows (past and present, UK or otherwise, on TV, radio, or online…) deserved more praise, and here are the ones they chose. You might already like them too, or you might discover something new to dig out and enjoy. That’s the fun of it.

Please note that this list isn’t ranked in any order, nor is it exhaustive. It’s compiled from the opinions of a group of different people,
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Pat Sharp teams with Dave Benson-Phillips for Pointless Celebrities

The lineup for this year's Pointless Celebrities series has been announced by BBC One.

Beginning with an August 9 comedy special, the upcoming series will feature different themes each week.

Four teams of two from the world of music, TV, soaps, sport, food and drink, journalism, radio and theatre will compete for charity in weekly specials to air on Saturday evenings on BBC One.

The first show pits Lesley Joseph and Linda Robson from Birds of a Feather against Ronni Ancona and Phil Cornwell, Su Pollard and Ruth Madoc, and Josh Widdicombe and his partner Sara Pascoe.

Standout teams from the series include Stefan Dennis and fellow Neighbours star Rebekah Elmaloglou, who will square off against Ray Quinn and Louis Emerick from Brookside.

Antony Costa from Blue will team with 5ive's Scott Robinson in the music special, while TV stars Louie Spence and Carol McGiffin will face off against the likes
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Gary Lineker, Adrian Chiles to front football specials on Dave

Gary Lineker and Adrian Chiles are to feature in upcoming football specials on Dave.

Three new programmes will air in the lead-up to the 2014 World Cup, which will both celebrate and mock the history of the England team.

England's Top 19 Footy Heroes, England's Top 53 Footy Goals and England's Top 39 Footy Gaffes will feature several sports pundits and comedians including Alex Brooker, Tom Rosenthal and Phil Cornwell.

Sport stars Ian Wright, Lee Dixon, Jim Rosenthal, Michael Vaughan and Didi Hamann will also look back at England's best and worst moments.

Jason Manford will narrate the three-hour-long specials, to air in May.

UKTV Commissioning Editor Iain Coyle said: "This rich mix of talking heads and brilliant clips met with sporting heroes and comedians will be a great build-up to the World Cup and remind audiences why we all bask in the love/hate relationship with the England football team."

Dave's Steve North
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Meet 'Alan Partridge' TV Spot | Exclusive

Meet 'Alan Partridge' TV Spot | Exclusive
In Alan Partridge (code name: Alpha Papa), Steve Coogan returns to play one his most popular characters from early in his career, Alan Patridge, the famous local radio DJ/ one time talk show host. In celebration of its release on VOD and iTunes as we head into the weekend, we have an exclusive TV spot from this hilarious comedy. Watch as Alpha Papa ever-so gracefully handles his own hostage situation.

Alan Partridge comes to theaters April 4th, 2014 and stars Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Sean Pertwee, Anna Maxwell Martin, Jessica Knappet, Darren Boyd, Phil Cornwell, Nigel Lindsay. The film is directed by Declan Lowney.
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Spitting Image is 30: Looking back at the satirical puppet classic

It's been a whopping 30 years since Spitting Image first hit our screens on ITV in 1984. The satirical puppet show quickly became one of the most-watched shows of the 1980s and early 1990s.

I wasn't able to fully appreciate the series when it was first on TV. When I watched it in the early '90s as a child, I found it funny mainly because of the silly puppets, even if I didn't quite understand what was going on. But in retrospective viewings, it still holds up as a genuinely hilarious satire of politics, entertainment, sport and general UK culture of the era.

It's quite incredible to think that Spitting Image hasn't been on air since 1996. To put that into perspective, the Spice Girls had only just been unleashed, Tony Blair hadn't been elected yet, and Lorde had only just been born.

As a show that is heavily reliant on topical
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Second Alan Partridge Trailer Starring Steve Coogan

Second Alan Partridge Trailer Starring Steve Coogan
Following a successful release in the U.K. last year, American audiences will get their first taste of Alan Partridge on the big screen this spring. Magnolia Pictures has released the second domestic trailer and a new poster for this comedy, which stars Steve Coogan as the title character, an iconic TV and radio broadcaster who is put in the middle of a violent siege when a disgruntled DJ (Colm Meaney) takes over his radio station. Take a look at the latest footage before this British comedy hits theaters nationwide on April 4.

Alan Partridge has had many ups and downs in his life. National television broadcaster. Responsible for killing a guest on live TV. Local radio broadcaster. A nervous breakdown in Dundee. His self-published book, 'Bouncing Back', subsequently remaindered and pulped. The Alan Partridge movie portrays the events of the greatest low-to-high-ebb spectrum in his life to date - specifically
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Flickering Myth's Top Ten Movies of 2013

With 2013 coming to an end in just a few short hours, it's that time of year where the the team here at Flickering Myth to reveal our picks for the very best cinematic offerings of the past twelve months.

As usual, the writing team here have put together individual lists of their personal favourites, which we've used to compile our overall selection for the Top Ten Movies of 2013. However, unlike previous years, we've made a slight change this time around; with most of our writers being UK based, we've always used UK release dates as the basis for our list, meaning that films from the previous calendar year have often made the cut.

This is something we've debated at length, and this time around our we've decided to go with UK release dates once again, but omitting 2012 movies from the final top ten (although you can see how that list
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In A Nutshell: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

A feature length version of Alan Partridge has been in the pipeline for years, but according to creator and star Steve Coogan, the timing was never quite right. For those of you out of the loop, Veteran broadcaster Alan Partridge (Coogan) is currently working as a mid-morning DJ at North Norfolk Digital. The station is being taken over by a new media conglomerate, and after a series of unexpected events, Alan finds himself at the heart of a violent siege. Can the radio and TV legend talk down disgruntled colleague Pat Farrell (Colin Meaney), or will this Hectic Danger Day end the career of Norfolk's very own Alpha Papa? Directed by Declan Lowney (Father Ted), and written by Rob Gibbons, Neil Gibbons, Steve Coogan, Armando Lannucci and Peter Baynham, Alpha Papa brings back all your favourite Alan Partridge characters and throws a few new ones into the mix. TV to
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DVD Review - Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013)

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, 2013.

Directed by Declan Lowney.

Starring Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Sean Pertwee, Anna Maxwell Martin, Nigel Lindsay, Felicity Montagu, Simon Greenall, and Phil Cornwell.

Synopsis:

When Alan’s radio station, North Norfolk Digital, 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.

55-years-old and more cautiously PC than in his static home days, local radio DJ Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) has become a tamer sort of individual. Conducting his business affairs from his garden shed and coasting through his job as disc jockey at North Norfolk Digital, Alpha Papa presents Partridge as a man nearing the twilight of his career. Still occasionally obnoxious and painfully lacking in self-awareness, Alpha Papa gives Alan Partridge – for the first time in the character’s history – the chance to be a hero.
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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Blu-Ray Review

Director: Declan Lowney

Cast: Steve Coogan, Felicity Montagu, Colm Meaney, Tim Key, Nigel Lindsay, Simon Greenall, Phil Cornwell, Monica Dolan, Sean Pertwee, Anna Maxwell Martin, Darren Boyd

Running Time: 90 minutes

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa originally seemed like one of those risky jumps for a big screen adaption but with Armando Iannucci and Steve Coogan behind the process, the inkling of hope has brought us a terrific outcome.

For those of you who already know the Partridge character, you’ll know his scuffle with fame and connection with Norfolk and, more specifically, his radio show on North Norfolk Digital. Although this is the basis for the story, our instant plot-device is a world where the radio station is being taken over, alongside rumours of sackings and old presenters being replaced, so to save himself and his colleagues, Alan barges into a meeting to save the old guard. While he’s initially
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Go Behind-The-Scenes Of ‘Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa’

He’ll be as pleased as street prostitute plying her trade from the doorway of an Asda supermarket with his achievement at sitting atop of the UK box-office as Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa reigned supreme. Yes, the North Norfolk Digital Radio DJ rose like a phoenix from the flames for his big-screen debut and boy how we’ve missed Steve Coogan’s hilarious, cringeworthy creation. The brilliant team behind the failed chat show host hit the “back of the net” with the film and we’ve this brand new featurette taking at look behind-the-scenes of the Norwich-native’s action-packed comedy.

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa is currently in UK cinemas and co-stars Darren Boyd, Anna Maxwell-Martin, Nigel Lindsay, Phil Cornwell, Tim Key, Sean Pertwee, Felicity Montagu and Simon Greenall. Declan Lowney is at the helm.

Source: AlanPartridgeMovie

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Movie Review - Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, 2013.

Directed by Declan Lowney.

Starring Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Sean Pertwee, Anna Maxwell Martin, Nigel Lindsay, Felicity Montagu, Simon Greenall and Phil Cornwell.

Synopsis:

When Alan’s radio station, North Norfolk Digital, 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.

I loved Alpha Papa, Alan Partridge’s first foray to the big screen because he’s been the inspiration for my sense of humour since the mid 1990s and this film was one I had anticipated for many, many years. The film didn’t disappoint, and I cannot recommend it enough to not only fans of Alan, but British comedy, too. This is as good as it gets.

I’ve often wondered what Alan himself might say, if he were asked to write
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Review: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

Comfortably broadcasting at North Norfolk Digital alongside Sidekick Simon (Tim Key), former chatshow host, Bond enthusiast and Bouncing Back author Alan Partridge is one of the leading lights of North Norfolk Digital. But when media conglomerate Glendale Media (their emptiness exemplified by meaningless motto ‘The way you want it to be’), takes over the station and instigates a revamp, Alan’s job is in jeopardy. Driving gloves in tow, the hero of the ‘Wales of the East’ convinces the new board that dinosaur DJ Pat Farrell (an excellent Colm Meaney) is the best culprit for redundancy, with a succinct argument – ‘Just Sack Pat’, scrawled in red marker pen on a flip chart.

Later, Pat reacts violently and besieges the radio station, demanding that Alan’s appointed as chief hostage negotiator. It’s time for Norfolk’s favourite son to forget about his Nandos Efficiency System, Roachford sing-alongs and radio discussions
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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Review

Director: Declan Lowney.

Cast: Steve Coogan, Felicity Montagu, Colm Meaney, Tim Key, Nigel Lindsay, Simon Greenall, Phil Cornwell, Monica Dolan, Sean Pertwee, Anna Maxwell Martin, Darren Boyd.

Running Time: 90 minutes.

Certificate: 15.

Synopsis: When North Norfolk Digital is bought by a heartless, profit driven conglomerate, longtime DJ Pat Farrell (Colm Meaney) is fired. Armed and angry, he holds the station staff hostage. Only one man can help – Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan). As the face of the siege, he realises he could use the situation to help his failing career.

There is a rich history of iconic British TV comedies making the leap to the big screen and falling on their arse. And not in a funny way. From Steptoe & Son and Dad’S Army to The League Of Gentlemen and Bottom, there is a lineage of fantastic shows that became films that are as funny as a fishing hook through the
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Alan Offers Boardroom Advice In New ‘Alpha Papa’ Clip

Steve Coogan’s signature creation Alan Partridge makes his first foray on the big-screen as the failed chat show host finds himself the unlikely hero in Alan Partridge: Alpa Papa. The Norwich-native still has a pathetic spot on the regional North Norfolk Digital but finds himself thrust back in the spotlight once when a former colleague flips and lays siege at the station, refusing to negotiate with anyone other than the founder of Peartree Productions (now folded).

This latest clip sees Alan offering a spot of advice for the boardroom chieftains, which actually spells the end for the aforementioned disgruntled employee.

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa arrives in UK cinemas 7th August and co-stars Darren Boyd, Anna Maxwell-Martin, Nigel Lindsay, Phil Cornwell, Tim Key, Sean Pertwee, Felicity Montagu and Simon Greenall. Declan Lowney is at the helm.

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‘Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa’ On The Airwaves In Latest Clip

Next week sees the release of Steve Coogan’s signature character Alan Partridge on the big-screen for the first time in hostage takeover comedy, Alan Partridge: Alpa Papa.

The failed chat show host, still making a meagre living a regional North Norfolk Digital Disc Jockey, finds himself thrust back in the spotlight once again when a sacked colleague (Colm Meaney) takes hostages at his workplace and refuses to negotiate with anyone other than our cringeworthy hero. It gives Norwich’s favourite son the perfect opportunity to shine, or rather land the high-calibre breakfast spot on the digital radio channel. Back Of The Net!

Check out this latest clip, with Alan alongside Mid Morning Matters’ Sidekick Simon, from the film hitting UK cinemas 7th August and co-starring Darren Boyd, Anna Maxwell-Martin, Phil Cornwell, Tim Key, Sean Pertwee, Felicity Montagu and Simon Greenall. Declan Lowney is at the helm.

Source: AlanPartridgeMovie

The
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New TV Spot for Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa – ‘I’m Alan Partridge’

Steve Coogan is making his feature debut as the renowned character, Alan Partridge, the role for which he is best known to many people. Partridge’s feature debut in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa is just a few days from its arrival on the big screen on our shores, and the early reviews have been a little mixed – you can read our own review here.

Fans of Coogan’s previous work on the character have been looking forward to this for years, and it will be interesting to see how they receive it when it lands in cinemas next week. And ahead of its release, a new TV spot has surfaced with Coogan naturally front and centre.

Alan Partridge has had many ups and downs in his life. National television broadcaster. Responsible for killing a guest on live TV. Local radio broadcaster. A nervous breakdown in Dundee. His self-published book,’Bouncing Back’, subsequently remaindered and pulped.
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See Coogan Talking Cock In Latest Clip From ‘Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa’

Last night saw Norwich’s favourite son Alan Partridge (aka the brilliant and in character Steve Coogan), descend on a packed and pedestrianised city centre for the successful online campaign to have the failed chat show host-turned-radio DJ premiere his big-screen adventure, Alan Partridge: Alpa Papa.

The North Norfolk Digital Disc Jockey finds himself reborn and in the spotlight once again when a sacked colleague (Colm Meaney) takes hostages and refuses to negotiate with anyone other than the former Lintern Travel Tavern resident. Alan sees this as the perfect opportunity to become the hero (and hopefully) land the high-calibre breakfast spot on the regional radio channel. Surely perfect action fodder to include a Kate Bush medley?

Check out this second clip (you can find the first by clicking this link) from the film hitting UK cinemas 7th August and co-starring Darren Boyd, Anna Maxwell-Martin, Phil Cornwell, Tim Key, Sean Pertwee,
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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa – first look review

The cinematic debut of Steve Coogan's bumbling talk show host is a quietly audacious triumph

You'd expect an Alan Partridge movie to be funny. You wouldn't expect it to be a coup de cinema. And yet, in its own superficially low-brow, cheapo way, Alpha Papa is exactly that. It's a Fabergé egg disguised as a Kinder Surprise; an intricate piece of engineering done up to look like a whoopee cushion.

Big-screen Partridge has been chatted about for a decade now, and concerns have stayed the same. Surely Alan's petty parochialism isn't cinematic catnip? Wouldn't such a radical shift of situation endanger the comedy?

But in his 21-year career, Alan has already proved unexpectedly flexible. He's straddled radio, TV, stage, print, online, news spoof, chat show, memoir, mockumentary, meta-farce. This quantity of content comes with a downside, of course – many fans are so invested they feel they know Partridge better than his creators.
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