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.

Upstart Crow. Image shows from L to R: Will Shakespeare (David Mitchell), Queen Elizabeth (Emma Thompson). Copyright: BBC.

Series 2 - A Christmas Crow

The Shakespeares are planning a lovely cosy Christmas with just the family up in Stratford.

Further details

The Shakespeares are planning a lovely cosy Christmas with just the family up in Stratford. Until Kit manages to wangle himself an invitation to join them. And then so does Kate. And then so does Robert Green, who claims he has given up evil scheming and is ready to spread peace and goodwill to all mankind. But has he really suddenly gone all nice?

Meanwhile Will has been rehearsing his latest play ready for it to be performed before Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth (Emma Thompson) as part of her Christmas festivities. But will he make the right impression on the Queen? And does his play Eighth Night actually need a bit more work?

Notes

This episode was billed as A Christmassy Crow.

This episode uses a section of dialogue from Richard Curtis's film Love Actually, crediting him "with thanks".

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 25th December 2017
Time
8:25pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
35 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
Rosanna Beacock Judith
Joe Willis Hamnet
Guest cast
Emma Thompson Queen Elizabeth
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
Grant Olding Composer
Paul Mottram Composer
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