BBC One has renewed fledgling comedy series Count Arthur Strong. The BBC’s flagship channel has ordered seven episodes for the show’s third season, which is expected to begin production next year for a broadcast later in 2016.
From Graham Linehan & Steve Delaney, Count Arthur Strong follows the eponymous character who is an elderly pompous show-business legend, though really just an out-of-work deluded thespian originally from Doncaster, in the north of England. The comedy series is produced by Retort and Komedia Entertainment and stars Steve Delaney, Rory Kinnear, Andy Linden, Ruth Posner, Dave Plimmer, Chris Ryman and Zahra Ahmadi.
Count Arthur Strong has had quite the journey from its inception. Originally a stage play, the character, created by eventually featured in a radio series, which the BBC then adapted into a sitcom. After originally launching on BBC Two to low ratings, the BBC showed some confidence in the series by renewing it for a second season and moving it to BBC One. That move had the desired effect, with Count Arthur Strong registering significant ratings growth this past season.
“How could we resist bringing back this character-comedy masterclass which blends the joyfully daft with skilfully inventive plotting?”, said Shane Allen, the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning. “Series two really hit its stride and the move to BBC One has brought the audience response we were hoping for. It’s a privilege to be working with these writing and performing talents at the top of their game.”