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Alan Partridge film confirms US release

Steve Coogan in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
Image caption Alpha Papa sees disc jockey Alan Partridge caught up in a hostage situation

Steve Coogan's Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa will be released in the US next year after making its North American debut at the New York Film Festival.

The movie, which will simply be called Alan Partridge, is being lined up for a 2014 release by Magnolia Pictures.

Producer Kevin Loader said his team was "thrilled... to introduce North American cinema-goers to the complex character that is Alan Partridge".

The film is the first big-screen outing for Coogan's bumbling DJ character.

In a statement, Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles admitted he had only had "a passing knowledge" of the fictional Norwich-based broadcaster but had found the film "an instant comedy classic."

It is one of a number of British titles to feature in the line-up of this year's New York Film Festival, which runs from 27 September to 13 October.

Others include Richard Curtis's time travel romance About Time, Roger Michell's Le Week-end and Ralph Fiennes' Dickens drama The Invisible Woman.

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa has made £4.2 million in the UK and Ireland since its release on 7 August.

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