COUNT ARTHUR STRONG ON BBC RADIO
Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show! hit the airways of BBC Radio 4 in late December 2005 to huge critical acclaim. The show was commissioned following a year of appearances as the star guest on the Mark Radcliffe Show on BBC Radio 2.
The BBC Radio 4 sitcom hears a confused and muddled ‘day in the life’ of the one time Variety Star, Count Arthur Strong.
The series was co-produced by Komedia Entertainment and Smooth Operations and recorded at Komedia Brighton, Bath and the Dancehouse Manchester from 2005 to 2012. In 2009 the series won the Sony Award for Best Radio Comedy.
Since moving to TV Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show! has continued on BBC Radio 4 with Christmas Specials being Broadcast on Boxing Day 2014 together with shows on Christmas Day 2015 and 2016. The show picked up the British Comedy Guide Award for Best Radio Sitcom of 2016.
The award winning series is often repeated on BBC Radio4Xtra, and the complete radio works of Count Arthur Strong 2005 – 2012 can be purchased from the shop.
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COUNT ARTHUR STRONG ON BBC TV
In December 2012 production began on the TV sitcom ‘Count Arthur Strong’ for BBC Two. It was recorded in front of a live audience at Pinewood Studios. It was aired on the 8th July 2013 and repeated the following September. BAFTA award winning writer, Graham Linehan (Father Ted and The IT Crowd) joined forces with Steve Delaney and Olivier Award winner Rory Kinnear for the 6 x 30 minute series.
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), having agreed to write a biography of his famous father, 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 first series was nominated for a number of British Comedy and BAFTA Awards, including Best Sitcom in both.
A second series was commissioned by the BBC before the first series aired and, on delivery, was transferred to BBC One for broadcast in early 2015, with the first episode airing on 6th January.
Series three of Count Arthur Strong was recorded in 2016 and airs on BBC1 at 8:30pm on Friday’s from the 19th May.
The series is a Komedia Entertainment, Delightful Industries and Retort TV Production.
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