Alan Partridge movie is confirmed by comedy writer Armando Iannucci

It has been confirmed that Norfolk's most famous fictional radio star, Alan Partridge, will be appearing in a long-awaited movie.

Comedy writer Armando Iannucci has confirmed Steve Coogan's wacky Radio Norwich creation is finally to have his own film, likely to be released in 2013.

Mr Iannucci said: 'It's just about all come together now, so that'll be shot later in the year. At the moment it's 'The Alan Partridge Movie' but that's just a working title.

'(The script) is written (but) we're always rewriting, rewriting and rewriting.'

Iannucci had already previously confirmed that if the film got the go-ahead then it would be shot in Norfolk when rumours first surfaced two years ago, saying: 'We're not going mad and doing an Alan-goes-to-Hollywood thing. It's very much Alan in Norwich. Putting Norwich on the map. Well, somebody's map.'

Coogan was in Norwich last October, fully in-character as Partridge, to sign copies of his new book at the Waterstone's book shop on Castle Street.

During that book signing, and a surprise visit to the city last December when cameras followed Partridge to City Hall and Norwich Market, speculation was rife about what the filming was for.

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But now it is confirmed that Iannucci and Coogan have written the script with Peter Baynham, the co-writer of the Sacha Baron Cohen film, Br�no.

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