Upstart Crow. Will Shakespeare (David Mitchell). Copyright: BBC.

Upstart Crow

BBC Two sitcom about William Shakespeare. 21 episodes (3 series), 2016 - 2020. Stars David Mitchell, Rob Rouse, Gemma Whelan, Liza Tarbuck and others.

Upstart Crow. Will Shakespeare (David Mitchell). Copyright: BBC.

Upstart Crow

Sitcom about the life of jobbing playwright William Shakespeare, struggling to find inspiration in Tudor London

2016 - 2020
21   (3 series)
David Mitchell, Rob Rouse, Gemma Whelan, Liza Tarbuck, Harry Enfield, Paula Wilcox, Helen Monks, Steve Speirs and others
Ben Elton
Matt Lipsey and Richard Boden
Gareth Edwards

It's 1592 and Will Shakespeare is just at the beginning of his extraordinary career. The series focuses on both Will's family and professional life and include the surprising stories of where many of his ideas came from.

Also featured are his wife Anne and his extended family, his servant Bottom, his friends Kate and Marlowe, his theatrical troupe, and his rival Robert Greene.

In the series, Will finds inspiration for Romeo from an unlikely source; mislays a nearly treasonous masterpiece; gets tricked into a very embarrassing pair of tights; has a spot of bother with the wife over some sonnets; meets three witches who predict great things for him; and borrows some money on some rather unusual conditions.

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First broadcast
Monday 9th May 2016 on BBC Two at 10pm
Last new broadcast
Monday 21st December 2020 on BBC Two at 9pm
Last repeat
Thursday 13th May 2021 at 12:30am on Gold

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