Steve Coogan

News, Reviews & Features
  • Despicable Me 3

    Movie Review | Ali Gray | 3rd July 2017

    Let's just re-establish The Boss Baby Clause from earlier this year: Despicable Me 3 is a kids movie, and it was watched in the company of a kid, and it was enjoyed by said kid, thus to me, it was a successful movie. Writing criticism of movies patently not made for you is a fool's errand, but we're all professionals here, so let's try and engage the critical faculties and fire up a review for old time's sake. Despicable Me 3 is... fine? I guess? Let's say yes.

  • The Trip to Italy

    TV Review | Ed Williamson | 10th May 2014

    Impersonations are the work of the unfunny, slightly creepy guy you don't want to get stuck next to at the works do, as anyone who has heard my Nelson Mandela will confirm. Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan do them constantly throughout both seasons of The Trip not, I think, because that's what they revert to when improvising with each other, but because it suggests that they are slightly tedious company in real life, while simultaneously being funny to watch. Which seems to me pretty much the whole point.

  • Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

    Movie Review | Ali | 5th August 2013

    Steve Coogan has been Being Alan Partridge for over 20 years. Over two decades, Norwich's finest broadcaster has read the sport on Radio 2, manned the sports desk on The Day Today, transferred his skill-set to chat in his very own talk show, traded his fame for a sitcom in a travel tavern and broadcast his unique stylings ("equidistant between chit-chat and analysis" - Ross Kemp) on the world wide web. Now, Alan Partridge is welcomed to big school: his very own feature film. Alpha Papa is clearly not the best fit for a character for whom even the small screen is too big, but it is as funny as the format allows. For a character who has survived 20 years on every broadcasting medium under the sun, it's a remarkable feat that Partridge has never outstayed his welcome.

  • Poor old Ben Stiller didn't get invited to the Alpha Papa screening

    Movie Feature | Matt | 3rd August 2013

    And he is DESPERATE to see it too. That's totally unfair, you guys.

  • The Look Of Love

    Movie Review | Ed Williamson | 22nd April 2013

    Any mainstream film purporting to be about porn should have actual porn in it, for my money. And if there's one thing my 14-year-old self learned the hard way by staying up to watch inevitably tepid erotic thrillers on Channel 5, it's that they never really do. But I think the idealist in him would be disappointed to see me greet The Look Of Love with the shrug it induced. Here, let's ask him. So, 14-year-old me, what do you— Hey! Stop doing that! This is a public place!

  • The posters for the Alan Partridge movie titles that could have been

    Movie Feature | Matt, Ali | 18th March 2013

    A-ha! The long-awaited film featuring North Norfolk Digital's finest chatistician finally has a teaser trailer, and already we have reason to dust off our Photoshop and Google Alan Partridge's best poses. Hoorah for funny stuff!

  • Partridge prophecy comes true

    TV News | Ed Williamson | 9th June 2012

    I'm assuming hundreds of other places have reported this and made exactly the same connection I have, probably months ago. Can pretty much guarantee they've used the same final line as I have, too. But if I don't Google-search it, I won't know this for sure and the idea is therefore mine. They call that plausible deniability.

  • EXCLUSIVE: we serialise the Alan Partridge autobiography

    TV News | Ed Williamson | 16th September 2011

    If by 'serialise' we mean 'paste a load of Armando Iannucci's tweets in one article, not even in serial format'. And by 'exclusive' we mean 'not in the least bit exclusive'.

  • Sherlock sticks BAFTA in pipe, smokes it

    TV News | Ed Williamson | 23rd May 2011

    One thing I like about the BAFTA TV Awards is how none of them is called 'Best'' anything. What's more British than that? It's like sports day when the kid who turned up with no kit and had to run in his pants still got a prize because everyone's supposed to get treated the same. If that kid were here today and not strung out on glue in a car park stairwell somewhere, he'd tell you the BAFTA TV Awards 2011 winners are all after the jump.

  • Kiss my face, Alan's back

    TV Review | Kirsty Harrison | 19th November 2010

    Fosters may be terrible watery slop masquerading as lager, but we should still stop and raise a glass of other available beverage to its makers in thanks for a couple of things.