Count Arthur Strong. Image shows from L to R: Count Arthur Strong (Steve Delaney), Michael Baker (Rory Kinnear). Image credit: Retort.

Count Arthur Strong

A new series of this comedy is in production.

TV sitcom in which elderly showbusiness character Count Arthur Strong attempts to recount his life story. Stars Steve Delaney and Rory Kinnear

Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
2013  (BBC Two)
Episodes:
6 (1 series)
Starring:
Steve Delaney, Rory Kinnear, Andy Linden, Ruth Posner, Dave Plimmer, Chris Ryman, Zahra Ahmadi
Writers:
Steve Delaney, Graham Linehan
Production:
Retort
& Komedia Entertainment

Count Arthur Strong is a fictional comedy character who has appeared in various live shows, and starred in many series of Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show! on BBC Radio 4... now the character comes to TV.

Arthur is a faded star from the golden days of variety, prone to delusions of grandeur, selective memory loss and the blurting out of malapropisms. He was never as famous as he thinks he was... or still thinks he is. Believing that another great entertainment triumph is only a phone call away, Arthur spends his day making the most of any opportunity that comes along - gaining a free lunch or selling a dodgy foot-spa he doesn't want - creating chaos and confusion wherever he goes, blissfully unaware that he has done so.

The series begins with the recent death of Max Baker - Count Arthur's old partner from the early days in variety. Max pushed Arthur aside and went on to be a 'national treasure'. Max's son is Michael. He is a quiet, scholarly type, rather stuck in a rut writing history books. Having been asked to write a biography of his famous father from the neglected son's point of view and sets off to find his father's old variety partner - Count Arthur Strong. Thinking that the 'research' will only take a couple of days, Michael arrives London, tracks down Arthur and very quickly enters the chaos that is Arthur's world...

Series 2: The new series is being filmed in June and July 2014. The second series sees Michael return to Bulent's café - and Arthur's chaotic world - there's just something that draws him back.