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Steve Delaney’s Count Arthur Strong was inspired comedy joy
Wednesday 31 Jul 2013 6:00 am

‘Round, like a spiral in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel, never ending or beginning, on an ever-spinning reel…’ Pat yourself on your back if you’re singing the lyrics to Windmills Of Your Mind, the theme tune to The Thomas Crown Affair and, up until last night, only allowed to be sung by Noel Harrison, son of Rex.

Having that brilliant song mauled into submission by a demented loon in a trilby hat would, in the ordinary run of things, have had me crawling the walls.

But in the hands of Count Arthur Strong (BBC2) it turned into two minutes of inspired comedy joy, the images unwinding across the screen as Steve Delaney’s Arthur took another step up the ladder of classic comedy TV characters. And we’re only four episodes in.

Like a clock whose hands are sweeping past the minutes of its face, Count Arthur Strong is the business. Or a door that keeps revolving in a half-forgotten dream, whichever you prefer.



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