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Old 08-07-2013, 15:28
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This got slaughtered by Kevin O'Sullivan as unfunny bilge but a guy on Talksport just now says it's ok.

Looks like it's going to be another Mrs Brown and Miranda in that it's going to split opinion big time.
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Old 08-07-2013, 15:43
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Judging by the promo, it looks like yet another hammy, contrived and over acted sitcom.

Why can't the BBC make proper studio based sitcoms like they used to do with proper actors and well written scripts? These days, the scripts are just full of cheap jokes.
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Old 08-07-2013, 15:43
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Looks like it's going to be another Mrs Brown and Miranda in that it's going to split opinion big time.
And be a ratings success in the process?

20:30 is a strange slot for a studio comedy - you'd expect any studio comedy to be after the watershed, but I will give this a go.
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Old 08-07-2013, 16:11
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And be a ratings success in the process?
Time will tell! Neither of those two appealed to me but I've no problem with them being on as plenty others obviously liked them.

I love comedy so here's hoping the Count works out but I'm not holding my breath from what I've seen and heard so far. If they were going to put anything that I've heard from the BBC's radio stable on tv I would have guessed Clare In The Community. A lot more boxes ticked for them...!
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Old 08-07-2013, 16:13
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Isn't the 8.30 slot the new 'Miranda' sitcom slot? Late enough to be a little bit saucy but early enough to still be family friendly?

Out of all the recent R4 comedies I think Count Arthur Strong is one that could work very well as a TV sitcom, especially with the involvement of Graham Linehan. It can't possibly be as much of a disappointment as the TV version (kind of) of Bleak Expectations, The Bleak Old Shoppe Of Stuff or whatever it was called, although that was largely down to Robert Webb being annoying.
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Old 08-07-2013, 16:23
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Delaney always thought the fully formed character was ideal for a TV show in the mould of Hancock, Steptoe and Son, Porridge.

It could fly or plummet, but if a bad Irish female impersonator can make it big on primetime just by saying **** a lot, then there's a big hope for Arthur's sit-com, if not I'll be furious....absolutely furious.
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Old 08-07-2013, 16:45
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Time will tell! Neither of those two appealed to me but I've no problem with them being on as plenty others obviously liked them.

I love comedy so here's hoping the Count works out but I'm not holding my breath from what I've seen and heard so far. If they were going to put anything that I've heard from the BBC's radio stable on tv I would have guessed Clare In The Community. A lot more boxes ticked for them...!
I love that show. I agree, it probably would work on TV, better than Count Arthur Strong, I would imagine.
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Old 08-07-2013, 16:49
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I love that show. I agree, it probably would work on TV, better than Count Arthur Strong, I would imagine.
Another massive Clare in the Community fan. It's been going on for years now, but it's still hilariously funny. I think a TV pilot was filmed in the 90s, but it was never picked up for a full series. I'd love to see it on TV. I think it could appeal to the Miranda audience (and a be a bit saucier too!)
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Old 08-07-2013, 17:10
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Isn't the 8.30 slot the new 'Miranda' sitcom slot? Late enough to be a little bit saucy but early enough to still be family friendly?
Monday at 8:30 is a bit of a surprise though. Usually it's food or gardening progs.
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Old 08-07-2013, 19:12
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Judging by the promo, it looks like yet another hammy, contrived and over acted sitcom.
I am not sure if you have listened to all 7 radio shows, but CAS is a hammy , overacting actor or rather was. More of an annoying pensioner now.

I am really looking forward to this from the clips I have seen thus far.
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Old 08-07-2013, 19:22
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I am not sure if you have listened to all 7 radio shows, but CAS is a hammy , overacting actor or rather was. More of an annoying pensioner now.

I am really looking forward to this from the clips I have seen thus far.
I wonder why old harry's game never got a tv show?.....
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Old 08-07-2013, 19:24
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Another massive Clare in the Community fan. It's been going on for years now, but it's still hilariously funny. I think a TV pilot was filmed in the 90s, but it was never picked up for a full series. I'd love to see it on TV. I think it could appeal to the Miranda audience (and a be a bit saucier too!)
I hate Claire in the community. She's such an unsympathetic character.....
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Old 08-07-2013, 20:43
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well done BBC count Arthur strong, the Wright way, citizen khan you really are at the forefront of comedy,
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Old 08-07-2013, 20:48
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I hate Claire in the community. She's such an unsympathetic character.....
Er, that's the whole point of it. She masquerades as this right-on character but is massively self-obsessed.
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Old 08-07-2013, 20:49
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Er, that's the whole point of it. She masquerades as this right-on character but is massively self-obsessed.
I understand. But she really annoys me....
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Old 08-07-2013, 20:51
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I loved Miranda and Mrs Browns Boys as well as 70s sitcoms, but this dire.

The guy playing 'Arthur Strong' is dreadful, what the hell's he doing with his shoulders? its irritating.

I haven't found any of it funny, which is strange as Graham Linehan co-wrote it.
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Old 08-07-2013, 20:52
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Another massive Clare in the Community fan. It's been going on for years now, but it's still hilariously funny. I think a TV pilot was filmed in the 90s, but it was never picked up for a full series. I'd love to see it on TV. I think it could appeal to the Miranda audience (and a be a bit saucier too!)
Yes, and Sally Phillips has screen acting skills to pull off the part on TV. Personally, I think it could have much wider appeal than Miranda, which seems targeted at women and their insecurities.
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Old 08-07-2013, 21:01
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Bloody hell that was dire!!! I really thought this looked promising from the trailer.How wrong i was
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Old 08-07-2013, 21:08
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I take it this is going to be a Marmite show then. Half are saying it was dire, other half are saying they loved it and couldn't stop laughing.
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Old 08-07-2013, 21:15
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I've never listened to Count Arthur Strong on the radio, so I didn't know what to expect, but I very much enjoyed it.

I laughed at quite a lot of it. The only bit that fell flat for me was when Michael burst in to tears at the memorial service.

People seem very quick to slag off new comedy shows. I'll stick with it myself.
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Old 08-07-2013, 21:15
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I found it very amusing and was very impressed by Steve Delaney as CAS. He was very convincing.

LOL at the pratfall, which I wasn't expecting and was very well executed.

I like comedy with a background story and this has that in depth - a guy resenting his father for perceived neglect slowly finds out that he was the apple of his father's eye.

Comedy with a warm heart.
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Old 08-07-2013, 21:18
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I take it this is going to be a Marmite show then. Half are saying it was dire, other half are saying they loved it and couldn't stop laughing.
Who has said they loved it and couldn't stop laughing?

I found a few bits funny, but overall was left rather "meh"
Certainly expected better with Linehan being involved.
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Old 08-07-2013, 21:29
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I've never listened to Count Arthur Strong on the radio, so I didn't know what to expect, but I very much enjoyed it.

I laughed at quite a lot of it. The only bit that fell flat for me was when Michael burst in to tears at the memorial service.

People seem very quick to slag off new comedy shows. I'll stick with it myself.
Have been listening to CAS on the radio for some time...loved the move to the tele!!

Well done!
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Old 08-07-2013, 21:30
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I am going to watch for the badtempered cafe ownerat
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Old 08-07-2013, 21:40
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Like a couple of my fellow posters I too thought CAS was a repeat from the Sixties, it was only when he made references to current topics that the penny dropped. Incidentally, I think The Brothers is one of the best things on Radio 4 Extra, Pauline McLynn steals the show as Oonagh.
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