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.

Another series is in development.
Series 2, Christmas Special is repeated on Gold on Sunday 6th December at 11:15am.

Upstart Crow. Image shows from L to R: Emelia (Montserrat Lombard), Marlowe (Tim Downie).

Series 1, Episode 4 - Love Is Not Love

Will has completed his final sonnet and senses literary immortality just around the corner. But will the fair youth and the dark lady like them as much as he hopes? And is Anne likely to be impressed that her husband's 154 hot new love poems don't contain much about her?

Broadcast details

Monday 30th May 2016
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
David Mitchell Will Shakespeare
Rob Rouse Bottom
Gemma Whelan Kate
Liza Tarbuck Anne Hathaway
Harry Enfield John Shakespeare
Paula Wilcox Mary Arden
Helen Monks Susanna
Steve Speirs Burbage
Tim Downie Marlowe
Dominic Coleman Condell
Mark Heap Sir Robert Greene
Spencer Jones Kempe
Guest cast
Montserrat Lombard Emelia
Adam Harley Southampton
John Sessions Lord Inquisitor
Writing team
Ben Elton Writer
Production team
Matt Lipsey Director
Gareth Edwards Producer
Myfanwy Moore Executive Producer


Never off their books of Sonnets!

Will and Kate complain about Tudor teenagers.

Featuring: David Mitchell (Will Shakespeare), Rob Rouse (Bottom), Gemma Whelan (Kate).


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