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

Upstart Crow

BBC Two sitcom about William Shakespeare. 20 episodes (3 series), 2016 - 2018. Stars David Mitchell, Rob Rouse, Gemma Whelan, Liza Tarbuck and others.

Series 1, Episode 1 is repeated on Gold on Friday 1st November at 3:20am.

Upstart Crow. Image shows from L to R: Hunt (Geoffrey Whitehead), Will Shakespeare (David Mitchell), Marlowe (Tim Downie). Copyright: BBC.

Series 2, Episode 2 - I Know Thee Not, Old Man

This week Will has to confront a demon from his past when his former schoolmaster comes to stay uninvited, much to the disgust of his wife Anne. Meanwhile Marlowe is on the hunt for Roman Catholic spies - but he seems to be rather more interested in ale and pies.

Broadcast details

Monday 18th September 2017
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
    Jocelyn Jee Esien Lucy
    Rosanna Beacock Judith
    Joe Willis Hamnet
    Guest cast
    Geoffrey Whitehead Hunt
    Lizzie Winkler Gertrude
    Gemma Arrowsmith Gerty
    Writing team
    Ben Elton Writer
    Production team
    Richard Boden Director
    Gareth Edwards Producer
    Chris Sussman Executive Producer
    Jake Bernard Editor
    Julian Fullalove Production Designer
    Alex Beverly Production Designer
    Catherine Willis Casting Director
    Leah Archer Costume Designer
    Vanessa White Make-up Designer
    Martin Kempton Lighting Designer
    Grant Olding Composer
    Paul Mottram Composer

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