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Steve Coogan: I need a break from Alan Partridge

7 August 2013 Last updated at 06:16 BST

Steve Coogan has compared his character Alan Partridge to an annoying family member you only want to see at Christmas.

In his big screen debut, the veteran radio and TV presenter must negotiate the release of several colleagues after his radio station, North Norfolk Digital, is taken under siege.

Steve Coogan says there were many re-writes to the script in order to please long term fans, as well as people new to the character.

The actor was speaking to Newsbeat reporter Nesta McGregor.

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa is in cinemas from today (7 August).

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