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: Longinus (Ola Orebiyi), Burbage (Steve Speirs), Toby (Beattie Edmondson). Copyright: BBC.

Series 3, Episode 5 - The Most Unkindest Cut Of All

Will has decided to write a play about the life of Julius Caesar. The only problem is how to deal with his assassination.

Further details

Will has decided to write a play about the life of Julius Caesar. The only problem is how to deal with his assassination. After all, Her Majesty is not likely to approve of any play about doing in the head of state, and Robert Greene is particularly keen to label Will a traitor.

Things are not going well in the theatre either. Burbage is hogging the limelight and the other players have decided to get together and depose him. Should Will back the conspirators? Or is there a way he can use his skill with words to stop the plotters in their tracks?

Broadcast details

Date
Wednesday 26th September 2018
Time
8:30pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
David Mitchell Will Shakespeare
Rob Rouse Bottom
Gemma Whelan Kate
Liza Tarbuck Anne Hathaway
Steve Speirs Burbage
Tim Downie Marlowe
Dominic Coleman Condell
Mark Heap Sir Robert Greene
Spencer Jones Kempe
Jocelyn Jee Esien Lucy
Guest cast
Beattie Edmondson Toby
Ola Orebiyi Longinus
Writing team
Ben Elton Writer
Production team
Richard Boden Director
Gareth Edwards Producer
Chris Sussman Executive Producer
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