007 actor Rory Kinnear says his sitcom is rare because of its 'incredibly big heart'

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Rory Kinnear says his sitcom Count Arthur Strong is a rare entity in the TV world because it has such a 'big heart'.

The James Bond star, 36, plays Michael Baker, a shy writer, in the BBC One comedy, which recently returned to TV screens this week

Rory said that the show, which is filmed in front of a live audience, 'has an incredibly big heart' because of the way it 'puts together slightly lonely people who... look out for each other'.

The cast turn up for a read-through on a Monday, hone the script until Thursday and then learn it for filming on Friday.

"It's an exciting way of working", Rory said. "There aren't that many jobs, particularly in TV, that are like it.

"It's a bit like putting on a new play every week, and everyone's involved in getting it tighter and better and funnier."

Rory also reprises his role of Bill Tanner, MI6's chief of staff, for a third time in new Bond film Spectre.

"I'm unbelievably lucky to be involved in something that reaches so many people," he said.

Count Arthur Strong continues on BBC One on Tuesdays.


Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.