America, Prepare yourselves for Count Arthur Strong
If you happen to be a fan, or casual observer, or are a little bit appreciative of British situation comedy programs, I have some very good news for you. Well I don’t really know if it qualifies as good news, I suppose it depends entirely on your definition of what good news is. To me, good news is when something comes around that is going to make my life, a little better, and this will make your life better. Well it will if you watch it, and I can’t think of why you wouldn’t want to watch it, but I’ll get into all that another time. Just now, I’m here to share this bit of news with you before I forget why I was here. It’s a bit like when you walk into the kitchen to get a glass of water but you forgot why you walked into the kitchen and you end up looking around the fridge eating a biscuit wondering why you got off the couch to begin with.
Semi-Legendary Celebrity of British Comedy COUNT ARTHUR STRONG Makes Stateside Debut Jan. 27, Exclusively on Hulu and Hulu Plus.
Co-Created by Graham Linehan and Steve Delaney, UK Critics Call Count Arthur Strong is ‘Uproarious,’ and ‘Self-Consciously Bonkers’
LONDON and LOS ANGELES (Jan. 23, 2014) – He may be a minor celebrity of relatively little note in life, but on radio and now in a self-titled television series, COUNT ARTHUR STRONG has delighted audiences and critics in England – and he’s coming to America on January 27, exclusively on Hulu and Hulu Plus.
In the tradition of absurdist British comedies like Fawlty Towers and Absolutely Fabulous, COUNT ARTHUR STRONG is the creation of writer-comedian Steve Delaney and comedy legend Graham Linehan, whose Father Ted and The IT Crowd are classics of U.K. television comedy.
All six episodes of the series’ first season will be available to view for free at Hulu.com and the Hulu Plus subscription service. BBC Two has already commissioned a second season of COUNT ARTHUR STRONG, which is distributed worldwide by FremantleMedia and is a co-production of Retort and Komedia.
When it premiered on BBC Two in 2013, British critics had widespread acclaim for COUNT ARTHUR STRONG – The Times called it “a very funny, beautifully observed comedy,” while the Mail on Sunday’s four-star review said the series provides “blissful comedy misunderstanding in the extreme.” Now, American audiences will be able to meet the slightly delusional, completely befuddled title character.
In his prime, Count Arthur Strong (played by Delaney) was one-half of a moderately well-known comedy duo. Those days are long since past. When his former partner’s son, Michael (Skyfall’s Rory Kinnear) reluctantly pays him a visit to research a new biography, Count Arthur assumes he’s being recalled to glory.
With frustrated Michael by his side, Count Arthur spends his days preparing for his newfound semi-fame, surrounded by an unlikely group of friends who meet at a neighborhood café.
COUNT ARTHUR STRONG also stars Chris Ryman (“Casualty,” 28 Weeks Later), Andy Linden (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1), Zahra Ahmadi (“EastEnders”), Dave Plimmer and Ruth Posner.
Nominated for three British Comedy Award, including Best Sitcom and Best New Comedy Program, COUNT ARTHUR STRONG has already won over British audiences, and now the Count is well-rested and looking forward to greeting his American fans (who he has been promised number slightly more than six). Love him or hate him, audiences will have strong feelings about COUNT ARTHUR STRONG, who comes to the U.S. Monday, January 27, exclusively on Hulu and Hulu Plus.