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'Count Arthur Strong' gets second series from BBC Two

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Count Arthur Strong has been recommissioned for a second series.

The comedy - which debuted on BBC Two last night (July 8) - has received an order for seven more 30-minute episodes.

Steve Delaney as Count Arthur Strong and Rory Kinnear as Michael

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Steve Delaney and Rory Kinnear



Co-written by The IT Crowd's Graham Linehan, Count Arthur Strong stars Steve Delaney as the title character - an ex-variety star - and Rory Kinnear as Michael, the son of his old performing partner.

Series one's opener pulled in an overnight audience of 971,000 at 8.30pm last night (July 8).

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"It's a huge privilege to see Count Arthur Strong return," said BBC Controller of Comedy Commissioning Shane Allen. "The combined talents of Graham Linehan, Steve Delaney and Rory Kinnear are too irresistible.

"This series has all the hallmarks of a BBC Two comedy classic with its superb character at the heart of it, brilliant writing and a dream supporting cast. Long may Arthur cause chaos around him."

Also ordered by BBC Four is a new comedy from the creators of BAFTA-winning series Getting On - six-part comedy Poppy Love will star Jo Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine as two very different women who must navigate their headstrong pet dogs, impossible teenage kids and disappointing husbands.

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Watch a trailer for Count Arthur Strong below:

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