Count Arthur Strong. Count Arthur Strong (Steve Delaney). Copyright: Retort.

Count Arthur Strong

BBC One and BBC Two sitcom about a faded former celebrity. 20 episodes (3 series), 2013 - 2017. Stars Steve Delaney, Rory Kinnear, Zahra Ahmadi, Chris Ryman and others.

Press Clippings

A look back at Count Arthur Strong

A couple of weeks ago, Count Arthur Strong was voted by Radio Times readers as one of the most missed TV shows of the 21st century...

Count Arthur Strong, Super Ink, 16th August 2019

Count Arthur Strong, Detectorists, Phoenix Nights most missed

The Radio Times poll asked viewers to name their most missed programme from this century.

The Telegraph, 30th July 2019

When sitcom gets serious

I have been thinking about the power of pathos in sitcom.

A Dose Of David Mitchell, 4th October 2018

Interview with Count Arthur creator Steve Delaney

We speak to the man behind the hat, glasses and moustache, Steve Delaney, about his colourful creation, Count Arthur Strong, and the eponymous TV sitcom.

British Comedy Guide, 5th March 2018

Radio Times Top 40 TV Shows of 2017, #28: In his third and what turned out to be testimonial TV series, the delusional former music-hall turn and his greasy-caff chums became embroiled in an exorcism, a "soupover" and, in a textbook half-hour of farce, gangster activities. Though he didn't break the ratings-o-matic, the Count was and is adored by the fans who get him. He may plough his own comedy furrow, but what a hilariously wonky furrow.

Mark Braxton, Radio Times, 27th December 2017

50 best TV shows of 2017, #33: Alas, the last showing for Steve Delaney's Marmite malapropist. When this old-fashioned sitcom was on its best form, it was as good as the classics.

The Guardian, 30th November 2017

Count Arthur Strong to end

Sitcom Count Arthur Strong is to end after three series, according to a report.

British Comedy Guide, 7th August 2017

Preview - Count Arthur Strong: Safari Park

There is no news on a fourth series yet, but it seems safe to say the Count will return.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 14th July 2017

The sitcom following retired performer Strong reaches the end of its third season. If the guest appearance of John Shuttleworth didn't confirm it, gentle 90s comedy continues to rule. Tonight it's Michael's birthday, an event that, after childhood disappointment, he prefers to manage himself. He reckons without Arthur's box of expiring vouchers. Soon, a mystery excursion is, with occasionally humorous consequences, under way.

John Robinson, The Guardian, 14th July 2017

This has been a superb series, subtly enhanced by the addition of Bronagh Gallagher as Birdie, doing that looking-on-in-astonishment thing she did so memorably in Pulp Fiction. This week, despite bungling a video audition for an advert, Arthur embarks on an extraordinary run of good fortune which brings him international notoriety; not a good time for Bulent to suggest a poker game in his sister's absence.

David Stubbs, The Guardian, 7th July 2017