The actor will be performing his stand up show for three nights, starting tonight, as part of a 40-date tour entitled 'Steve Coogan is Alan Partridge and Other Less Successful Characters'. Coogan was heckled during the first night of his stage return, at the Liverpool Echo Arena. "At the moment it's 'The Alan Partridge Movie' but that's just a working title. The film has been mooted for many years both by Iannucci and Steve Coogan, who will inevitably be playing the Norfolk-based broadcaster when he makes it on to the big screen, probably some time in 2013."It's just about all come together now, so that'll be shot later in the year," Iannucci said in an interview with Empire magazine.Around 10 staff across the two current programming departments are currently the subject of a consultation, with the merger likely to result in a net reduction of three jobs.News and sales jobs are not affected, although those based at the Suffolk site, at Great Blakenham, near Ipswich, are expected to relocate to smaller premises in the area in due course.As a result, it was planned to bring the programming operation together at a single site, although news and sales staff would continue to be based locally.“A Phil Collins song sounds the same, wherever it is played,” he added.
The Alan Partridge film - which has been co-written with twin brothers Neil and Rob Gibbons - has been in the development pipeline for so long that it is almost as if the great man himself had been handling the negotiations.
Celador took on the five stations – also including Dream 100, The Beach, Radio Norwich and North Norfolk Radio – in January this year when it acquired Anglian Broadcasting Company (Holdings) Ltd.
The stations had already begun to share some output but Celador has now been given permission by broadcasting regulator Ofcom to merge the current programming departments in Suffolk and Norfolk into a single operation, to be based in Norwich.
The film tells the story of how Alan’s radio station, North Norfolk Digital, is taken over by a new media conglomerate.
The move sets in motion a chain of events which see Alan having to work with the police to defuse a potentially violent siege.