Comedy star Count Arthur Strong in Doncaster “homecoming”

Count Arthur Strong
Count Arthur Strong

Comedy star Count Arthur Strong will be back on “home soil” when he comes to Doncaster for a book signing tomorrow night.

The character, played by Steve Delaney, supposedly hails from our town and will be dropping into Waterstones in the Frenchgate Centre from 5pm to meet fans and sign copies of his latest book.

Count Arthur Strong is an elderly, pompous, mostly out-of-work deluded thespian who appears to suffer from attention deficit disorder and memory loss.

He appeared in Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show!, a series that was commissioned by BBC Radio 4 from 2005 to 2012, and is the central character in the BBC2 sitcom Count Arthur Strong, which first aired on 8 July 2013.

Delaney created Count Arthur in the 1980s, when he was a drama student at Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and performed him at the end-of-term show, having drawn inspiration from characters he met during his childhood.

In 1997 Delaney resurrected Count Arthur for his stand-up comedy routine in clubs. The character was performed at the Edinburgh Festival for several years and BBC Radio 4 launched a series for him in 2005.