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5.0 out of 5 stars Long awaited, available at last, what we've been waiting for, for so long!, 15 Jun. 2010
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This review is from: Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show Series 4 (complete) (3CD) (Audio CD)
'Count Arthur Strong' words cannot express what these words mean to those who, erm, know what they mean. But if you don't know then you are in for a right treat because at last Series 4 of Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show is available, at last. Apparently the BBC have the right to broadcast the radio shows over their airwaves a certain number of times before we the public can buy them on CD to listen to at our leisure.
But what is it that you get if you buy 'Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show Series four' I hear you ask? Well what you get is, what you get, on three CDs, is the Six episodes from Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show Series 4 what did you think you would get an evening with Rolf Harris?! I'm susprised that you would think that - idiot!

What you get is six episodes of 28 minutes worth of mirth. Count Arthur stumbles his way thorough life doing the thing he is best at, doing his best.

'All Tourettic tics, false starts and nervous fumblings, badly covered up by a delicate sheen of bravado and self-assurance. An expert in everything from the world of entertainment to the origins of the species, everyday life with Arthur is an enlightening experience'

And that is a quote off the CD of his first series so, you know, that just goes to show you.

Series four on the other hand is more of the same, only better, and I'd like to illustrate that by quoting from some of the episodes in series 4. I'd like to but I can't actually remember much about any of them. I do know that they made me laugh out loud (or 'lol' as they say nowadays!) I know that Wilf, Gerry, Jeffrey, and Sally are all included in the fun and Whitfield Street and the Shoulder of Mutton get a mention.

I also know that to those of you, who I can only describe as the un-intimidated, er un-initiated I mean, Count Arthur may take a bit of getting used to but just imagine Tony Hancock mixed with equal measures of Alan Partridge and you may get the idea. It is the character comedy of the later mixed with situation comedy of the former. This is genuine humour of a bygone age but right up to date and although it does not find the need to resort to swearing or deliberate outrage for outrage's sake can be just as wicked as any of Humphrey Lyttleton's double entendres. The best thing about Count Arthur is that you can listen again and again and still get a lol and even just thinking about him can make one do the same.

Count Arthur Strong is one of Britain's true comedy greats but has built up a following through the traditional means of live performance before getting on to the radio. Once he hits TV, as surely he will before too long, an even wider audience will be able to laugh and marvel at the shear audacity, intensity and brilliance of his performance. Buy this CD and you will be able to enjoy him right now.
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Initial post: 26 Jun 2010 11:22:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jun 2010 11:27:38 BDT
Ross Nockles says:
It's all coming back to me now...
There is the incident when some idiot leaves a bucket for Gerry to trip over, so Arthur has to run the flippin' Cafe himself.
Arthur conducts auditions for a fund-raiser show in between writing a novel new novel of his.
There's a Quiz Night at the Shoulder of Mutton - there is £50 quid on offer - who is good at quizzes? - you've guessed it!
Arthur makes a documentary about his life re-visiting his old haunts - the police do become involved.
Arthur goes on a coach trip - ooh wouldn't it be awful if he missed the bus!
There is another one too but I'll just leave that as a mystery for you to discover - you want some susprises in life don't you?

Posted on 20 Jun 2013 16:22:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jun 2013 16:24:18 BDT
Ross Nockles says:
It has come true what I predicted so long ago... http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/tv-radio/article3795383.ece

the link above takes you to a Times article about the forthcoming (when I'm writing this 20th June 2013) Count Arthur TV show - let us just hope the BBC release it on DVD as well...
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