Count Arthur Strong

Count Arthur Strong

Real name: Steve Delaney
Steve Delaney created Count Arthur Strong – an elderly, pompous and easily distracted actor from Doncaster – when he was a drama student at Central School of Speech and Drama in London in the 1980s. He was revived on the comedy circuit in the late 1990s, with a number of Edinburgh Fringe appearances. Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show! ran on Radio 4 from 2005 to 2012, and was reimagined for the BBC Two sitcom Count Arthur Strong, co-written by Graham Linehan, which first aired in July 2013.
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No more Count Arthur Strong on TV

BBC drops sitcom after its third series

The BBC is pulling the plug on Count Arthur Strong’s TV show.

Created by Steve Delaney and co-written by Graham Linehan, the sitcom was moved to prime-time for its third series.

But it only averaged around 1.2million viewers in its 8.30pm BBC One slot – no more than it got at 10.30pm.

The BBC told RadioTimes.com, which broke the news: ‘There are no current plans for a further series of Count Arthur Strong on the BBC.’

Linehan will continue to work for the Corporation, and is writing a six-part series of Motherland with Holly Walsh, Sharon Horgan and his wife Helen, following a successful pilot last year.

As well as Delaney in the title role, the comedy featured Rory Kinnear as his baffled friend Michael and a cast including Dave Plimmer, Bronagh Gallagher, Andy Linden, Chris Ryman and  Zahra Ahmadi.

Delaney created Count Arthur in the 1980s, when he was a drama student at Central School of Speech and Drama in London. He was resurrected for the clubs in the late 1990s and became a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe, spawning a Radio 4 series that ran from 2005 to 2012. A number of Christmas specials have followed, the latest being last year.

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Published: 7 Aug 2017

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