Count Arthur Strong (Television) Series 1
BAFTA award winning writer, Graham Linehan (Father Ted and The IT Crowd) joined forces with Sony Gold Comedy Award winner, Steve Delaney and Olivier Award winner Rory Kinnear for a brand new comedy series for BBC Two, Count Arthur Strong.
The 6 x 30 minute series aired summer 2013 and followed the world of Count Arthur Strong (Delaney), a bumbling faded variety act, 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. Now Arthur’s days are all about opportunity with another great entertainment triumph only a phone call away. But until that call comes Arthur spends his day making the most of what comes along creating chaos and confusion wherever he goes – blissfully unaware that he has done so.
The series starts with news reports of the death of Max Barker, Count Arthur’s old partner from the early days on stage. Max’s son Michael (Kinnear) has agreed to write a biography of his famous father and sets out to find his father’s old variety partner. Little does Michael know that his few days of ‘research’ will create a world of chaos – Arthur’s world.
The series was a co-production between Retort and Komedia
A second series was announced 9th July 2013