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Alan Partridge movie set to hit British cinemas in August 2013

Steve Coogan plays Alan Partridge, a failed chat-show host turned local (digital) radio DJ. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Studio Canal has announced that it has acquired the rights to the Alan Partridge Movie, which is set to begin filming in January 2013.

The film is scheduled to hit British cinemas in August 2013.

“I’m simultaneously gladdened and pleased to see a British film being co-funded by the French dudes at STUDIOCANAL," said Mr Partridge himself.

"This is without doubt the greatest Anglo-French co-operation since the Normandy landings."

Steve Coogan, who plays Alan, and recently-honoured Armando Iannucci OBE are among the film's writers.

A one-hour Alan Partridge TV special aired on Sky Atlantic last night.