Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa To Get A Sequel

Even deadlier danger day

Fish out your chamois leather driving gloves and Roachford CDs because Norwich's finest, Alan Partridge, is returning for a second helping of cinematic mayhem. Henry Normal, the co-founder of Steve Coogan’s production house Baby Cow, told the Guardian that a sequel to Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa 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-turned-TV-celebrity-turned-breakfast-DJ-again facing down deranged former North Norfolk Digital employee Pat Farrell (Colm Meaney).

Will the sequel follow the Under Siege or Die Hard formula of inserting Partridge into the jaws of danger at a major transport nexus – say, Diss train station – or follow the recent trend for “darker” follow-ups, Dark Knight-style? With any luck we'll find out soon.