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 3 is repeated on Gold tomorrow at 2:05am.

Upstart Crow. Image shows from L to R: Bottom (Rob Rouse), Kate (Gemma Whelan), Burbage (Steve Speirs), Marlowe (Tim Downie), Will Shakespeare (David Mitchell), Condell (Dominic Coleman), Sir Robert Greene (Mark Heap), Kempe (Spencer Jones), Lucy (Jocelyn Jee Esien), Morley (Noel Fielding). Copyright: BBC.

Series 2, Episode 4 - Food Of Love

Will invents the musical. He needs help from the greatest songwriter of the age, Thomas Morley, who has some ideas of his own.

Further details

Will Shakespeare takes it badly when everybody tells him his new play about two sets of identical twins separated at birth and given the same names is rather far-fetched, until he hits on a sure fire way to stop any audience minding when the plot gets really ridiculous - make it a musical.

In fact, he's going to make it the first ever musical. And to really guarantee a hit he wants to use the songs of Thomas Morley, a rocking, rolling, madrigal-composing, tax-avoiding Tudor music legend.

Back in Stratford, Will's dad John is determined to get Will to use his new-found writing fame to make the Shakespeare family properly posh, which turns out to be rather a big ask.

Broadcast details

Monday 2nd October 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
    Noel Fielding Morley
    Andrew Bicknell Spencer
    Mark Phoenix Kydd
    Simon Coleman Nashe
    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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