Count Arthur Strong (2013–2017)
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Safari Park 

For Michael's birthday, Arthur takes him on a well-meant but disastrously cheap trip to a safari park which ultimately turns into a battle for survival.


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Episode credited cast:
Zahra Ahmadi ... Sinem
Roderic Culver Roderic Culver ... Mr. Billings
Steve Delaney Steve Delaney ... Count Arthur Strong
Bronagh Gallagher ... Birdie
Colin Hoult Colin Hoult ... Roger
Rory Kinnear ... Michael
Andy Linden Andy Linden ... John the Watch
David Plimmer David Plimmer ... Eggy
Chris Ryman ... Bulent
Robin Weaver Robin Weaver ... Mrs. Billings


Michael feels aggrieved that Arthur has again forgotten his birthday, unaware that his friend has organized a surprise trip to a safari park for him and other café patrons. Predictably the cheap car breaks down in the rain with lions roaming nearby but fortunately Arthur's rudimentary mechanical skill saves the day and Michael learns just how much everybody appreciates him, returning him home in time for his date with Sinem - after a thoroughly nerve-shattering day out. Written by don @ minifie-1

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14 July 2017 (UK) See more »

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Originally scheduled to be broadcast on BBC One on Friday, 9th June 2017, this episode suffered a number of scheduling changes before finally being confirmed for broadcast on Friday, 14th July 2017. Many listings originally billed this as episode #3.4. This led to a number of British media outlets publishing reviews of the episode 21 days before it was broadcast. See more »

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Safari Park
16 July 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

In some ways an uneven episode which shows why Count Arthur Strong can be such an acquired taste. It starts off brightly as Arthur sends a cold caller round the bend.

Michael is upset that Arthur has forgotten his birthday again. In fact Arthur and friends plan to take Michael out on a surprise trip to a safari park in an Austin Maxi.

The trouble is, Arthur has gone cheap again armed with some discount vouchers. John is dressed up as a schoolboy so they can enter on a family ticket with Birdie acting as mother. Eggy is hidden in the boot but the car is a death trap as it catches fire and they are left stranded outside the safari park with the lions as company.

It all gets too much for Michael's nerves as he rushes to have a date with Sinem.

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