Series / Count Arthur Strong

2013 BBC sitcom based on Steve Delaney's Count Arthur Strong character. Although debuting to disappointing ratings, the series has proven to be something of a Sleeper Hit and the third series was promoted to a primetime slot.

Tropes seen in Count Arthur Strong:

  • Book Ends: The first and last episodes of series 1 feature memorial services - the former for Max Baker, the latter for Katya.
  • Break the Cutie: Part of the backstories of Michael (by his father), and Eggy (by his wife).
  • But Now I Must Go: Despite coming to enjoy the company of Count Arthur and his friends, and finally waking up to Sinem's feelings for him, Michael still decides to go home at the end of the first series. But of course he came back.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Pretty much everyone except Sinem and Michael.
  • Conspiracy Kitchen Sink: Eggy.
  • The "Fun" in "Funeral": both Max Baker's memorial service and Katya's funeral have elements of this.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Eggy never recovered from his breakdown upon discovering his wife was cheating on him.
  • I Am Not My Father: Michael's attitude to his late dad.
  • Large Ham: Count Arthur. He doesn't do nuance... or acting, really.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: From time to time, Arthur seems to address an audience, but he's not truly breaking the fourth wall, he's just *pretending* there's an audience.
  • Lesser Star: In-Universe, Count Arthur himself is implied to have been very much this in the Baker & Strong partnership.
  • Malaproper: Count Arthur Strong.
  • Mood Whiplash: at least Once an Episode during series 1 and 2. Particularly pronounced at the end of "Doctor Two" when Katya dies and the remaining minutes of the episode are basically straight drama.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: The series' initial premise is that Michael Baker is writing his father's biography. His work becomes less important once the initial story arc is wrapped up, but it's suggested that the biography was a success and his writing career is on the up after that.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Arthur and Katya.
  • Oblivious to Love: Michael, at least at first.
  • Only Sane Man: Michael, to a certain degree, though it's mostly because he's so introverted. Sinem is the Only Sane Woman.
  • Parental Neglect: Max Baker doesn't seem to have been full-on abusive, but was seemingly oblivious to his son's emotional needs
  • Parental Substitute: Arthur, to Michael. Lampshaded in a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming at the end of the series.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Max Baker's.
  • Shaped Like Itself: Arthur on putting advertisements in the local newsagent: "This shop window is my... shop window."
  • Sound to Screen Adaptation: of Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show!, though some fans of the radio series would dispute this, seeing it as more of a sequel (and a contested one at that) due to its different setting and supporting cast.
  • Spooky Sťance: Averted. When Arthur holds a seance, it's about as un-spooky as they come.
  • Story Arc: Unusually for a sitcom, the first series not only avoids the Reset Button, but actually has a story arc that wraps up neatly at the end.
  • Unique Pilot Title Sequence: The first episode doesn't have the regular titles; instead it just has the title come up on screen at the point where we first see the title character.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: Essentially the basis of Michael and Sinem's relationship.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: the unfortunate bystander who gets stuck in the cafe's back room with the regulars in "Arthur's Big Moment" decides to take his chances in the riot, and is never heard from again.