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

Upstart Crow

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two
  • 2016 - 2020
  • 21 episodes (3 series)

Sitcom about the life of jobbing playwright William Shakespeare, struggling to find inspiration in Tudor London. Also features David Mitchell, Rob Rouse, Gemma Whelan, Liza Tarbuck, Harry Enfield and more.

  • Series 2, Episode 5 repeated Friday 8th March at 11:10pm on Gold
  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 1,423

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Series 3, Episode 6 - Go On And I Will Follow

Upstart Crow. Image shows from L to R: Kate (Gemma Whelan), Will Shakespeare (David Mitchell), Bottom (Rob Rouse), Marlowe (Tim Downie), Emelia (Montserrat Lombard). Copyright: BBC
If Will does go the London Theatre Awards, who is going to be his plus one? He's heard that his favourite dark lady, Emilia Laier, may be free that evening...

Further details

The day of Will's son Hamnet's confirmation is approaching and Anne has made sure it's been in Will's diary for months. The only problem is this also turns out to be the night of the first ever London Theatre Awards, and, what with Will being the greatest writer of all time, and what with all the other theatre companies in London being closed all year because of the plague, Will reckons he may be in with a chance of a prize.

And there's another dilemma: if Will does go the London Theatre Awards, who is going to be his plus one? He's heard that his favourite dark lady, Emilia Laier, may be free that evening...

But as Will wrestles with the temptation of the London theatre there is a far bigger threat to his family's happiness lurking in the wings.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 3rd October 2018
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 20th March 2021 12:20am Gold
Wednesday 12th May 2021 10:35pm Gold
Thursday 13th May 2021 1:10am Gold
Sunday 28th November 2021 12:35am Gold
Monday 30th May 2022 12:20am Gold
Wednesday 16th November 2022 11:40pm Gold
Thursday 17th November 2022 3:05am Gold
Monday 27th February 2023 12:50am Gold
Monday 27th February 2023 11:40pm Gold
Sunday 27th August 2023 2:20am Gold
Monday 28th August 2023 1:30am Gold
Sunday 3rd September 2023 11:20pm Gold
Monday 4th September 2023 2:55am Gold
Tuesday 28th November 2023 10:50pm Gold
Wednesday 29th November 2023 1:50am Gold

Cast & crew

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
Montserrat Lombard Emelia
Writing team
Ben Elton Writer
Production team
Richard Boden Director
Gareth Edwards Producer
Chris Sussman Executive Producer
Andy Bennions Line 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
Kate Daughton Commissioning Editor


DVD review: Upstart Crow Series 3

The final episode is surprisingly, beautifully and wonderfully poignant.

Chris Hallam, Chris Hallam's World View, 4th October 2018

Upstart Crow, episode 6 review

Farcically funny, but with a bittersweet twist.

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 3rd October 2018

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