Count Arthur Strong was promoted by The Velvet Onion as going “out with a bang”. In retrospect, that was probably more of an emotive than a descriptive term, with the series finale instead being bittersweet, with a personal jeopardy wrapped in a series of public events. It’s the kind of thing that only Linehan can write, having previously finished The IT Crowd with The Internet is Coming, in-which the characters find themselves accused by Channel 4 News of numerous, farcical trivialities. But what was important about that episode was where the characters moved-on to. Reynholm Industries CEO Douglas Reynholm was forced out of the public eye, hiding in the IT department’s basement, and leaving his company to the three protagonists. All of them had moved-up, but more importantly, they’d moved on. Their story continued into a point outside of the show’s premise, and Count Arthur Strong wraps itself up in a similar fashion.
Screenplay by Steve Delaney and Graham Linehan. I’d seen Count Arthur Strong a few times before this episode, but on the night I saw Stuck in the Middle With You, I was lying on the sofa with a warm drink and a blanket and a blocked-up head. The episode in question was a cruel irony, as it involved an […]