12 certificateArthur is a Film programme that first aired in 2011 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

Arthur is a 3 star programme

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Arthur (2011)

Directed by
Peter Baynham
Steve Gordon

In this update of the 1981 comedy, immature Arthur Bach (Russell Brand) is in line to run the family business, but with his reputation for irresponsible, booze-fuelled antics, Vivienne Bach (Geraldine James) is loath to give her son such responsibility.

Vivienne devises a plan whereby Arthur and her assistant Susan (Jennifer Garner) will marry, thus keeping the company under Susan's stable leadership. Arthur objects, but when Vivienne threatens to cut off his $950million inheritance, the spoilt slacker sees no choice but to comply. However Arthur finds himself in a quandary, when, the next day, he falls head over heels for free-spirited aspiring author Naomi (Greta Gerwig).

Brand steps into the shoes of Dudley Moore as the eponymous boozed-up billionaire in this fun update of the 1981 comedy. Though the comic faces a considerable challenge in carrying an entire film for the first time, his infectious exuberance and hard-living persona are well-suited to the role. He is accompanied too by a game supporting cast, including Mirren as Arthur's butler-cum-babysitter Hobson, Luis Guzman as his chauffer Bitterman and Nick Nolte as Susan's intimidating father Burt.

There's fine comedy calibre behind the scenes, with a script written by Peter Baynham, and director Jason Winer, who's been behind the camera on the brilliant Modern Family.

Although Arthur wasn't a hit with critics, with a role in upcoming A-list musical Rock of Ages, it doesn't seem to have halted Brand's ascent to Hollywood stardom.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 90 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2011

3/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour

When is Arthur next on TV?

It's next showing on itv2 March 30th, 5:55pm and on itv2 Plus 1 March 30th, 6:55pm. See more...


Image for Russell BrandRussell Brand...Arthur
Image for Helen MirrenHelen Mirren...Hobson
Image for Greta GerwigGreta Gerwig...Naomi Quinn
Image for Jennifer GarnerJennifer Garner...Susan Johnson
Image for Geraldine JamesGeraldine James...Vivienne
Luis Guzmán...Bitterman
Image for Nick NolteNick Nolte...Burt Johnson
Christina Jacquelyn Calph...Tiffany
Murphy Guyer...Officer Kaplan
José Ramón Rosario...Employment Clerk
Image for John HodgmanJohn Hodgman...Candy Store Manager
Image for Scott AdsitScott Adsit...Gummy Bear Man
Evander Holyfield...Boxing Trainer
Peter Van Wagner...Naomi's Dad
Robert Clohessy...Veteran Cop