Series 3, Episode 4 - The Soupover
Count Arthur Strong. Image shows from L to R: Count Arthur Strong (Steve Delaney), Michael Baker (Rory Kinnear)
What begins as 'an old man version of a sleepover' turns into something slightly more sinister. Can Michael escape in time?
Scheduling of this episode changed a number of times. In some places Safari park (Episode 7) was billed on this date.
- Friday 23rd June 2017
- BBC One
- 30 minutes
Show past repeats
|Friday 23rd June 2017
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This truly excellent series plumbs new heights (or depths) of logical surrealism as Arthur invites Michael to a "soupover". This involves pyjamas, although it takes place in the afternoon, and numerous rituals including watching VHS tapes of black-and-white horse races from yesteryear. Rory Kinnear draws on all his Royal Shakespeare Company training to do justice to the horror of it all.
Daivd Stubbs, The Guardian, 30th June 2017
All sitcoms must arrive here eventually: an episode where the whole gang visit a safari park, with near-death consequences. But the Count makes everything his own by playing on the pseudo-paternal bond between the two leads. Either can be the dad and today it's Arthur (Steve Delaney), taking Michael (Rory Kinnear) on a well-meant but disastrously cheap birthday trip. As they go, comic seeds are, as always, deftly planted for harvesting later.
Jack Seale, The Guardian, 23rd June 2017