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Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan shortlisted

Tonight's Bifa ceremony could be a triumph for Philomena with its stars, Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, both in the running to pick up gongs.

The pair are shortlisted for the Best Actress and Best Actor awards.

Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan arriving at the Philomena Premiere. Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

The film, which tells the true story of Philomena Lee's search for the son she was forced to give up for adoption in 1950s Ireland, is also in the running for Best Film.

Julie Walters to land gong for contribution to UK film

Julie Walters will be recognised for her outstanding contribution to the UK film industry at an awards ceremony tonight celebrating the best in independent British cinema.

Julie Walters is up for a gong. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The 63-year-old actress, star of Educating Rita and the Harry Potter films, will accept the Richard Harris Award at the British Independent Film Awards (Bifas) in central London.

Previous winners include John Hurt, Daniel Day-Lewis and Helena Bonham Carter.

Tonight's ceremony could be a triumph for Philomena with its stars, Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, both in the running to pick up gongs.

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Film trailer released for Alan Partridge's Alpha Papa

The trailer for the new Alan Partridge film has been released, revealing the title of the big screen debut for Steve Coogan's long-running Norwich radio DJ to be Alpha Papa.

The one minute and 46 second promo sees Partridge workshopping the potential titles for his adventure "in a siege at a radio station". The film will be released on August 7.

Read: ITV Anglia's coverage of Alpha Papa's filming by the Norwich seaside.

Filming begins on Norfolk-based Alan Partridge film

Steve Coogan plays Alan Partridge, a failed chat-show host turned local (digital) radio DJ. Credit: Empics

Filming has begun on an Alan Partridge movie scheduled for a summer 2013 cinema release.

The mayor of Sheringham, Norfolk, confirmed that the seaside town would be the setting for a number of scenes in the film.

Long-time Partridge writers Armando Iannucci, Peter Baynham and Steve Coogan - who plays Alan Partridge - have all contributed to the script.

Directed by Declan Lowney, also responsible for Alan Partridge On Open Books and Father Ted, the movie is a joint production by BBC Films, BFI Film Fund and StudioCanal.

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Steve Coogan could face driving ban

Comedian Steve Coogan will stand trial today over a speeding offence which could see him banned from the road.

The 46-year-old is accused of failing to tell police who was driving his car when it was caught doing more than 30mph in Kingsway, Hove, East Sussex, last year.

Comedian Steve Coogan Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

In May, Coogan, who lives in Ovingdean, Brighton, entered not guilty pleas through his solicitor Andrew Bishop to speeding and failing to notify police who was driving his Range Rover.

If convicted, he could receive six points on his licence, which is expected to take him over the 12-point threshold for disqualification.

Alan Partridge in new TV shows

Steve Coogan in character as Alan Partridge
Steve Coogan in character as Alan Partridge Credit: PA

Alan Partridge is to give fans a glimpse into his native Norfolk after comic Steve Coogan signed a new deal to bring the character back to TV.

He will appear in a pair of specials for Sky Atlantic and the channel will also show a revamped version of his online series Mid Morning Matters. Partridge previously appeared in a number of BBC shows, beginning life on radio and moving to the screen for series such as Knowing Me Knowing You.

The deal with Coogan's Baby Cow Productions includes the one-hour special Alan Partridge: Welcome To The Places Of My Life, in which he looks at the formative locations of East Anglia.

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