The results of the Comedy.co.uk Awards 2016 have been revealed and Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show! Christmas Specials have been voted Best Radio Sitcom 2016.
When told, Count Arthur remarked “I don’t know what to say! The last thing I won was a bottle of White Horse’s in a Knobbly Knees Contest at Butlins, Pwllheli. This is almost as good as that! Apart from the White Horse’s, obviously. I’m sure I speak for all at Komedia Entertainment and Smooth Operations when I say “thank you to all who voted for it/us”… What do I get?”
This is the 11th year British Comedy Guide has run its annual awards. Television event The British Comedy Awards have not taken place since 2014, making the Comedy.co.uk Awards one of the only chances for British comedy programmes and those who create and star in them to be celebrated, and the only awards in which the results are decided entirely by the public.
Tens of thousands of comedy fans cast votes over the past fortnight, first narrowing down all 346 comedy programmes broadcast on radio and television in 2016 into shortlists of six in each category, and then voting again to determine the eventual winners.
A huge thank you to them and many congratulations to everyone involved.
Count Arthur Strong’s new DVD release will be available from the 17th February and is available to pre-order from the website. Click here to get your copy. You can also get it digitally and it will be available for the first time on iTunes and Amazon later in the spring.
Count Arthur Strong, showbiz legend and raconteur, returns to the stage to remind us just what we’ve been missing… so get your Maltesers out, roll your trouser legs up and sit back and enjoy this wonderful show.
Arthur is ably assisted in the Command Performance by Terry Kilkelly (from BBC Radio 4’s award winning Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show!) playing Malcolm and Renee, and Dave Plimmer (from BBC1’s BAFTA nominated Count Arthur Strong TV series) as Alan Leslie.
Count Arthur will be recording two Christmas specials for broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
The recording of both shows will happen in front of a live audience on Saturday 22nd October at The Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton and will star all the radio show regulars. It is going to be a great night.
Please note that you will not be able to get tickets direct from the venue box office or from any other online ticketing site. Last year they sold out in a matter of hours so don’t leave it too late. Good luck and hope to see you there.
You can now order the DVD of the second BBC TV series here.
Count Arthur Strong – The Complete Second Series is now available and features all seven episodes from the series, complete and uncut, alongside a host of special features, some commissioned especially for the release.
Created, written by and starring Steve Delaney in the title role as the pompously delusional Count Arthur, Rory Kinnear co-stars as Michael, a perpetually nervous writer and the son of Arthur’s late comedy partner.
In this series Arthur is resting on his ample laurels and, with the belief the “next big thing” is only a phone call away, he whiles away his time by writing a novel full of damaging showbiz gossip – much to Michael’s horror. Brushes with politics and a disastrous flying lesson, however, pale into insignificance when Arthur has to move in with Michael in the aftermath of yet another ‘trouser fire’.
We are thrilled to announce that Count Arthur Strong’s TV show has been voted the 4th best British sitcom of the 21st century in a poll by the Radio Times
The top three were Mrs Brown’s Boys,The Office and Peter Kay’s Car Share.Count Arthur Strong came next followed by the IT Crowd, whilst the top 20 also saw appearances from Gavin & Stacey, Miranda, Peep Show, Benidorm, The Inbetweeners and Caitlin Moran’s recently axed Raised By Wolves.
The top 20 was compiled from a shortlist of the 40 most-watched sitcoms since 2000 and received more than 14,000 votes.
Using stories and other things that are secret, Count Arthur Strong, showbiz legend, pays tribute to one of the best musicals he can remember. Uniquely recreating the salient and poignant moments for your enjoyment. Plus something else. Don’t miss this amazing event.
This tour will be the biggest Arthur has ever embarked upon with nearly 70 dates being planned. Not only that but it will at last see him return to his spiritual home, The London Palladium. The Palladium has always featured heavily in Count Arthur’s recollections of the heyday of Variety. In 2006 he even set his sights on putting his life to music on variety’s most famous stage in Count Arthur Strong The Musical?, something he may well yet achieve. This will be the first time he has actually performed a full length solo show there so it will be a special night.
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“Just gets funnier!” Guardian
“…left me light headed with delight” Guardian
“…never needed to resort to toilet humour or swearing to maintain one and a half hours of pure hilarity” Manchester Evening News
“Delaney’s observation of Variety is superb” Scottish Herald
“Delaney has the gift Tommy Cooper possessed and many covet” Liverpool Echo
“An evening of inspired lunacy” Brighton Argus
“His performance was flawless” Bristol Post
“A relentless blast of comic surprises” The Times
Count Arthur Strong, showbizness legend, raconteur and former variety star, is set to take to the Palladium stage for the 2016 Christmas season. Arthur is to star as Baron Hardup in Cinderella as Panto makes a return to the London Palladium for the first time in three decades. This is Arthur’s first ever panto and he joins a 32 strong cast including Paul O’Grady as The Wicked Stepmother, Julian Clary as Dandini, Lee Mead as Prince Charming, Paul Zerdin as Buttons and Nigel Havers as Lord Chamberlain. Natasha J Barnes will play Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother will be Amanda Holden (or is that the other way round?) and the Ugly Sisters will be Suzie Chard and Wendy Somerville.
Cinderella will run at the London Palladium for five weeks only over the Festive season from Friday 9 December 2016 to Sunday 15 January 2017, with press night on Wednesday 14 December 2016.
The London Palladium has always featured heavily in Count Arthur’s recollections of the heyday of Variety. In 2006 he even set his sights on putting his life to music on variety’s most famous stage in Count Arthur Strong The Musical?, something he may well yet achieve.
Having launched the comedy character in 1997, Steve Delaney has turned his ‘riotously funny’ creation from Edinburgh cult hit into a cornerstone of BBC comedy. Over fifty episodes of Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show! have been produced for BBC Radio 4 and the third series of his eponymous TV sitcom returns to BBC1 this autumn.
BBC ONE ANNOUNCES COMMISSION OF BRAND NEW SERIES OF
BAFTA NOMINATED COMEDY COUNT ARTHUR STRONG
BBC One today announced the commission of a third series of comedy Count Arthur Strong.
The BAFTA nominated and critically acclaimed series launched on BBC Two in 2013. Series two heralded a move to its new home on BBC One where it broadcast at the beginning of this year.
In the seven new episodes, Arthur still pursues his dreams of stardom no matter how much chaos he causes along the way, with Michael (played by Rory Kinnear) doing his best to limit the damage to the world around them and his own sanity.
Graham Linehan comments: “Very happy to hear that Arthur, Michael and the gang will have more adventures. And we’ve got some crackers lined up for this series….”
Steve Delaney added: “I’m thrilled, delighted and humbled that BBC One have requested another series of Count Arthur Strong. Where do I sign? Quick, before they change their minds!”
Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commission for BBC said: “How could we resist bringing back this character comedy masterclass which blends the joyfully daft with skilfully inventive plotting. Series two really hit its stride and the move to BBC One has brought the audience response we were hoping for. It’s a privilege to be working with these writing and performing talents at the top of their game.”
Jon Rolph, Managing Director of Retort, and Executive Producer commented: “It’s a joy and a privilege to be irresistibly drawn into Arthur’s world, and we’re delighted that the BBC One audience think so too.”
Executive Producer Richard Daws, Komedia: “It appears Count Arthur is edging ever closer to becoming the national treasure he has always imagined he was.”
Production and transmission will be in 2016.