Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

You Can Count on Psychic Arthur

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

You Can Count on Psychic Arthur

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HIS is a sitcom that will no doubt divide opinion, as comedy quite often does.

TReturning for a third series, its loyal fans will be delighted to see Steve Delaney on top form as Count Arthur Strong, a delusional semiretired music-hall star. But the haters will continue to gawp, wondering why everyone else is laughing.

In the same vein as the likes of Mrs Brown's Boys (although decidedly less rude!) or Citizen Khan, this has an old-school slapstick feel, with plenty of canned laughter, misunderstandings, hilarious misuse of words and mistaken identities. It's the simplicity that makes it work so well.

The comedy centres around the community that frequents Bulent's Cafe, including the highly anxious Michael (Rory Kinnear), the fearsome Bulent (Chris Ryman), the gentle Eggy (Dave Plimmer) the untalkative John the watch (Andy Linden), and Bulent's sister Sinem (Zahra Ahmadi). …

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