Alan vs Goliath: Iannucci Reveals Partridge Movie Plot

Days before Alan begins his ‘pilgrimartridge’ over on Sky Atlantic, writer-director Armando Iannucci has revealed the plot for Norwich’s favourite DJ’s long-awaited movie.

Iannucci said that the film will see Alan facing up against a media giant and objecting when his local digital TV channel is taken over and renamed “Shapeâ€?.

The script has reportedly been finalised and the film will begin production at either the end of the year or in early 2013.

Speaking at a Bafta screening for his new HBO comedy, Veep, Ianncucci commented: “Alan is in Norwich. It’s not ‘Alan goes to Hollywood’; it’s not ‘Alan invaded by aliens’ or anything like that. He’s on North Norfolk Digital, which is taken over by a bigger media conglomerate and has its name changed to Shape. And that kicks everything off.”

The plot is likely, in part, inspired by Steve Coogan’s own battle against the media, which was widely publicised last year after it was revealed that his phone had been hacked by the News of the World.

Iannucci also said that he has finished filming a new series of the BBC Four’s The Thick Of It and that he is writing another series of Veep. The political sitcom, which is largely a US version of The Thick of It, will begin June 25 on Sky Atlantic and star Seinfeld funny woman Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Expressing upset that the swearing was censored when The Thick of It made its debut on BBC America, Iannucci said: “Fingers crossed, we’re about to do a deal that the whole catalogue of The Thick of It will go out in America unbleeped.â€?

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