Monday, 12 August 2013

Alpha Papa's Cuddly Toy

Went to see ALPHA PAPA at the cinema with the Evil Monster Boy(1) and while I don't really like the comedy of embarressment I was happy to make an exception. As we were on our way home the EMB pointed out that the filmakers had avoided the main pitfall when turning TV into cinema - that of trying to big everything up. Instead Alan Partridge continues to be, in his own imagining, a big man in a small world. Recomended.

(1) And he's sodding enourmous these days so probably I'm going to have to stop calling him that - in  public at least.

UK (2013)
Writing credits
Peter Baynham, Armando Iannucci, Steve Coogan, Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons

Directed by
Declan Lowney

One sequence that had me in hysterics was Alan lip syncing to Roachford's Cuddly Toy while driving into work. The EMB couldn't understand why I was laughing so hard and singing along to the chorus but you really have to be sad white boy in your late forties/early fifties to understand why it was both joyous and heartbreaking.

So to prolong the moment here is Roachford's Cuddly Toy which I also declare to be Peter Grant's official theme tune...


Beccaroo said...

Oh God! Have flashbacked to terrifying late 80s nightmare wherein I am trapped in Black Orchid in Nottingham,surrounded by boys in snow-washed denim and THERE ARE NO TAXIS HOME.

Chairman Brian said...

Was supposed to see Roachford back in the day at the Forum, which was then the Town and Country Club but couldn't due to an all out transport strike. Peter would have been too young then to walk round the corner to see that concert.

Chairman Brian said...

Was supposed to see Roachford at the Forum, then the Town and Country Club back in the day. Thwarted by an all out transport strike. Bugger.