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Saturday 06 July 2013

Komedia Brighton Let Count Arthur Strong Out Of His Fictional Home And On To The Small Screen

Count Arthur Strong, who made Komedia in Garnder Street, the home for his award winning BBC Radio 4 series, is about to transfer to TV in his own sitcom on Monday 8:30pm, BBC2.



The lauded character comedian became a Komedia feature throughout the last decade, developing his cult Edinburgh shows at the Brighton venue, and then taking up residency with annual recordings of the Sony Award Winning Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show! 

BAFTA award winning writer, Graham Linehan (Father Ted and The IT Crowd) has joined forces with Steve Delaney and Rory Kinnear for the brand new 6 x 30 minute series, which will air this summer. 

The series follows 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

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Graham Linehan said: "Every time Steve does the voice I'm cracking up, and I suddenly know what the next line should be, or the next scene, exactly how and where he can be funny. 

"Steve has an approach to Arthur that is instinctive and warm, and I'm looking forward to getting deeper into that."

Count Arthur Strong 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.



Steve Delaney adds: "I've had the best time 'doing' Arthur for the past 15 years and to now have someone like Graham to lean on through it is tremendous. There is no one I'd rather work with. But don't  tell him that."

Delaney created the Count Arthur character in the 1980s when he was a drama student at Central School of Speech and Drama in London.  

In 1997 Delaney resurrected Strong for the Edinburgh Fringe, an outing that gained a commendation from the Perrier Award panel. 

In 2005 he was given his own BBC Radio 4 series entitled Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show!  

The series, now in its seventh season, won the Sony Radio Award for Best Comedy in 2009.



by: Mike Cobley


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