Live updates

Alan Partridge keeps 'true to Norfolk roots' in new film

The executive producer of new film Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa has told ITV News that the radio DJ, played by Steve Coogan, has "kept true to his roots" in the movie.

Armando Iannucci said the Norwich-based presenter is in a "happy place" in the comedy spin-off.

He said: "We've kept Alan true to his roots. We've set it in Norwich rather than Hollywood or space, although what happens to him (a siege in the film) is a big event."

The film hits cinemas on August 7th.

Iannucci's tribute to 'warm, gentle and funny' Gandolfini

Comedy writer and producer Armando Iannucci, who directed James Gandolfini in the 2009 film In The Loop, has paid tribute to the actor:

Gandolfini's role as Lieutenant General Miller in In The Loop was a contrast to his performances as mob boss Tony Soprano in the hit series The Sopranos.

Advertisement

Armando Iannucci gets OBE for services to broadcasting

Armando Iannucci created The Thick of It and also worked on The Day Today and I'm Alan Partridge. Credit: PA

Writer, producer and performer Armando Iannucci was made an OBE for services to broadcasting today.

He received the honour from the Prince of Wales, during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Iannucci, who has famously poked fun at the British establishment during his career, described the recognition as "slightly surreal, a little bit hilarious", but "also quite moving."