Delusional show business character Count Arthur Strong, a pompous, out-of-work actor from Doncaster attempts to recount his life story with the help of the scholarly son of his former comedy partner.

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Steve Delaney ...
 Count Arthur Strong (20 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Michael Baker / ... (20 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Sinem (20 episodes, 2013-2017)
Andy Linden ...
 John the Watch (20 episodes, 2013-2017)
David Plimmer ...
 Eggy (20 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Bulent (19 episodes, 2013-2017)
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Delusional show business character Count Arthur Strong, a pompous, out-of-work actor from Doncaster attempts to recount his life story with the help of the scholarly son of his former comedy partner.

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Classic Comedy Gold
25 October 2013 | by (Liverpool, UK) – See all my reviews

I've come to this late, and not heard of the radio series.

For the first minute I thought this looks dated and this Count Arthur Strong actor is overacting a bit. Then I realised I was watching hilarious comedy gold.

I've just watched the 4th episode. Maybe they've gone a bit heavy-handed on the tragedy - I think it works but I think it just lingers a bit too long, like on Eggy's face during his sorry tale, and in the taxi ride back from the hospital.

Perhaps this is a slight editing problem, where just a 5 or 10 second cut would have got the balance right. The problem is that the tragedy is very real and sad, which is an achievement in itself that we care so much about the characters so quickly, but it's just a bit too real and sad, for 10 seconds too long :)

I think people must be drawing parallels between The Count and John Shuttleworth, another hilarious older-than-the-actor Yorkshire buffoon in his own internally logical world.

This is the loudest and longest I've laughed watching anything since Curb Your Enthusiasm, it's a work of absolute genius in both Steve Delaney's masterful performance and the Father Ted-like farcical comedy plotting. As soon as I've seen the last 2 episodes I'll be straight onto the radio shows :)


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