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It Just Gets Better And Better.....
on 10 March 2008
I don't really understand why there have been complaints about this show. Some people will just moan about anything, especially those that just don't 'get it' straight away. And there will always be those that don't, in the same way as some didn't get Monty Python or Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In in the beginning.
Although the character Count Arthur Strong portrays a doddering gentleman probably in his late 60's, (You can almost imagine that this is the sort of character that Harry Worth would have ended up morphing into in his shows thirty years on), I would guess that Steve Delaney is possibly only in his late thirties. But that is only a guess, such is his ability to portray this aging character so well.
The living legend that is Count Arthur Strong stumbles from one crisis to another dragging down everyone else with him within a half-mile radius, leaving chaos and pandemonium (a small keyboard instrument with pedals, according to the Count) in his wake. The well written scripts are very funny, and have many 'laugh out loud' moments, so much so that on several occasions I have had to flip back to listen again to some gags I missed due to still laughing over the previous one.
Series two is of course more of the same where series one left off, and although you could start with this set and subsequently purchase series one, you can hear how the character has developed over time. I love the way his voice changes inflection when he is talking to, then subsequently arguing with himself over something or other. The scripts are written and performed by the man himself, and I for one will be first in the queue for series three. Episode three in series two also includes a guest appearance from Barry Cryer, no less.
If you have heard a little of the Count before, buy this set of discs, you won't be disappointed. If you haven't heard any of the Count before and are partial to a little off the wall comedy, then buy this set of discs, you won't be disappointed.