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 the 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 SEVEN: Although he mixes in the upper escallops of society, Arthur avoids the slimelight, preferring to remain anomalous. The Count takes his holidays at the Costa del Coffee and would have made a good legal avocado by always invoking habeas corpulent. His favourite songs are Idlemice from the Sound of Mucus, plus Eddie Presley’s Blue Suede Foot and Heartburn Hotel. Arthur watches Harry Hill’s You’ve Been Farmed and also knows the lyrics to nursery slime Simpleton Simon. He’d like to join the Free Morons at his local Moronic Lodge and thinks that the Space Shuffle is launched from Cape Carnivore. Honestly, some folks live in Cloud Cuckoo–Clock!
Having been a great fan of the brilliant John Shuttleworth, and still are! I didn't think that there was anybody left who could pull off the trick of " Stepping into someone else's shoes" but like Graham Fellows,Steve Delaney has pulled it off with a magnificent character in " The Count". Like "John" "Arthur" is Comedy "Marmite" some people just "don't get it " but thankfully many more people do "get it" rather than those who don't,judging by the sell out concerts of both of them. I am not going to try and explain Count Arthur Strong,only to say,please don't judge him by his recent TV series,he is far funnier than that! Treat yourself and buy all seven,so far,of his Radio series,sit back and listen,he will win you over,and from Series One,you can hear the development of the character and the world he lives in through the series,he truly is one on his own,and a legend in the making.
Still good fun but wisely and gently coming to the end of its run. I have all the series and am ' getting into ' this one.There's always a lot you don't hear until after a good number of playings. I'm still finding that from the earlier ones. If you're a fan, do add this last one to your collection. It's well worth it.
We've been great fans of Count Arthur since the very first Series and this is the latest addition to the Collection. Enjoyed it immensely and would recommend the Radio Series ahead of the TV show to anyone.
As a tremedous fan of Count Arthur Strong, there was never any doubt about me enjoying this latest CD set. Steve Delaney's comic creation, Count Arthur strong, is a sheer masterpiece and has me laughing out loud each time I hear him bumbling his way through yet another disastrous situation of his own making. Humour is a very personal thing and we all find different things funny but for me, this is the funniest character currently on radio and television.
An old time character blending awkwardly into today's world what could be funnier. Count Arthur takes comedy back to the days of Hancock but in a much more confused, deluded and ridiculous way. There is nothing about this series that isn't brilliant, Count Arthur for President er Prime Monster, oh! not Prime Monster, Prime Rib, oh you know who I mean, Macaroon, no, Cameroon, oh sod it!
Having all the counts cds in our collection we had to purchase his latest work! Another work of art ! so funny it hurts ! If you havnt yet listened to the count you are missing out !! Bumbbling through day to day as usual ,the count causes confusion and mayhem wherever he goes and whatever he does !! Classic comedy without being offensive ( a rare thing nowadays ) !
Series 7 of Count Arthur is, arguably, one of his best. Arthur's attempts to run The Wagon Wheel in Spain are surreal & hilarious and will always be a 'classic' for me. I cannot praise the Count too highly.
After getting nothing less than hooked on the TV series,I just had to get this series of radio sketches on recommendation from a friend. Nothing less than brilliant is all I can say, we all know an Arthur, and here is another iconic character that will go down in comic history as one of the all time greats.
As hilarious as ever. Luckily I had this in the car when I was stuck in a 4 hour jam on the M6 recently. The other drives must have thought I was bonkers, as I kept bursting out laughing. Full of the usual misunderstandings, mixed up words and hilarious mishaps. You won't be disappointed.