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Balls out funny... literally
on 9 December 2017
A lot of TV-series comedies fail utterly when attempts are made to transfer them to the big screen. Perhaps one of the worst examples being the awful Dad's Army movie (I'm talking about the old 'un, not seen the more recent remake... and not likely to). Alpha Papa bucks that trend. Coogan's character has the charisma - albeit of a 'dark' anti-matter variety - born of a depth of subtle observation, and years of organic character development, sufficient to the occasion.
And what an occasion: a siege at a local radio-station becomes a vehicle, quite literally at the end, for Partridge's huge but fragile ego to raise his broadcasting profile (putting one in mind of his 'I'm a national TV broadcaster trapped in the body of a regional radio presenter' speech in an earlier TV episode). His mixture of crass self-centredness and bruised dignity - his trouser-removing exit from a window is priceless - is somehow perfect, a kind of apotheosis of neuroses. For me, Partridge is *the* comic character of/for our times.