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

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.