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Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show - First Series Box set, Live

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  • Audio CD (26 Jun. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Live
  • Label: Komedia Entertainment
  • ASIN: B000FP2GX4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,350 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. And Now On Radio 4...
2. The Missing Cauliflower
3. Mr. Clarke, The Chemist
4. TV licensing
5. Interview With The Monthly Advertiser
6. Book Launch At Wilf Taylors' Master Butchers
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. And Now On Radio 4...
2. Fly On A Pork Chop
3. Radio Play Rehersal
4. Tea Break
5. Lunch Break With Patrick
6. Count Arthur Strong Sings Karaoke
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. And Now On Radio 4...
2. Count Arthur Strongagov
3. A Nightmare In Nottingham
4. The Price Of A Scouring Pad
5. The Audition
6. Fourth Floor?
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By BM on 19 Dec. 2007
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I am an avid fan of Count Arthur Strong, and have seen him many times live. His humour is off the wall / old buffer style. He is best when recalling his days in show biz along with his memories of has been artistes like Jimmy Clitheroe and Pete Murray.I am pleased he is being more appreciated by exposure on the radio. This cd is a good flavour of Arthur, and I agree there are good and not so good bits on it. For an addict like me it is great to hear him any time and even find myself using his catch phrases! A very enjoyable cd. If you like this one visit the Count Arthur Strong website where the forgotten Egypt cd is the funniest one of all. Even better see him live as the visual is hilarious.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Irish Critic on 30 Dec. 2008
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Steve Delaney is one phenomenally talented comedy actor. Radio 4 is already known for the high quality of its comedy output, but this material is their "Crème de la Crème". Count Arthur Strong (Delaney) is the middle-aged, fumbling, penny-pinching master of the malapropism. The convincing Yorkshire accent and skilfully affected speech impediment are superb - as is Delaney's small pool of supporting actors. This particular style of humour is not everyone's cup of tea, but I find it side-splittingly funny.

There are 6 episodes in a series, each episode being 28 minutes long as the crow flies. It's all recorded before a live audience. Each malapropism is hilarious enough in its own right, and there are literally scores in each episode. But almost as funny again is the Count's desperate flustering to recall the CORRECT word each time. The delivery and timing of the gags are what make this a true masterpiece of radio comedy. So if you're a fan of malapropisms and verbal screw-ups in general, order your copy without further adieu!

COMMENTS SPECIFIC TO SERIES ONE:
Like all good public speakers, Count Strong is rimming with confidence and he always breathes from the Diaspora - especially when addressing the Women's Destitute. Oh yes, he's been there done that and bought the ropes. He pays his TV Licence on the infrared, regularly consults the Citizens Arrest Bureau and even talks about sailing around the Cape of Good Fear. If you've got an altitude problem, Arthur will soon give you your mooching orders. He's careful to avoid static electricity though, as it makes him light up like a Christmas cracker!
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Steve TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 July 2006
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This is a 3 CD set of six broadcasts Count Arthur Strong made in front of a live audience at Komedia, Brighton, which were subsequently broadcast on Radio 4. Like many people, I came across the Count by accident, listening to one of these broadcasts.

It is a little difficult to actually describe Arthur's style. Well past his prime as an Entertainer, he still succeeds in amusing by his penchant for picking not quite the right word- `I am a celibate-err- celebrity-Oh Heck!'. His regular, strangely compelling, visits to the local butchers were caught live, as was his celebrated talk to the Women's Institute, preceded by a little confusion with the taxi driver regarding the pickup time. There was also some confusion regarding exactly what play (The Cherry Orchard?) was being rehearsed for a BBC broadcast, but that turns out to have been a dream. Or was it?? In fact, there's an awful lot of confusion about, not least regarding Arthur's call to the helpline regarding his toaster, which seems to have an instruction booklet for a video recorder.. And then there's the incident with the man from the Television Licensing Department (`Watch that light!' cries Arthur, too late)...

Not all six episodes are equally funny, but they are all deeply entertaining. Somehow I kept wondering if Count Arthur was the secret love child of Alan Partridge and Margaret Thatcher, but that can't be true, oh no.

Do buy this modestly priced set; it will help the Count continue making his piccalilli in these, his twilight years.

Bizarrely, Amazon have categorised this CD set under `Popular Music', not `Books/Audiobooks' which is surely its proper home. But then again, maybe Count Arthur had a say in the matter...
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Wright VINE VOICE on 9 Aug. 2006
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Before I get started properly I would just like to echo Steve's comments below. I too stumbled across this show by accident on BBC Radio 4 and was immediately captivated by both the character, (a has-been D-list 'celebrity' full of his own self-importance), and his bumbling (bungling?) delivery that makes you wince whenever you hear it, yet at the same time draws you in. The sequence where he is trying to get access to a building through an electronic door entry system for example is hilarious, as is Arthur using the customer helpline of a domestic appliance manufacturer when he needs assistance in trying to operate his new 'toaster'.

Count Arthur is one of those people who has never heard the phrase 'When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging', although even if he had heard it, he would always misquote it anyway.

A cross between a male Hylda Baker and David Brent from 'The Office', Count Arthur Strong is well worth purchasing, especially if you are into the Harry Hill (or even Harry Worth) style of comedy. As Steve also said in his review, some episodes are better than others, (as they are in any comedy series), but the good ones are so good, this alone makes it a must-have as far as I'm concerned.

I don't understand why the Beeb didn't put this out themselves, but well done Gott Discs.....

Recommended.
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