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.

Press Clippings

Upstart Crow: 'The Green-Eyed Monster' - the facts

Each episode has a theme, usually revolving around one of Will's plays, and in this series of articles our aim is to give a little more background to those and the Upstart Crow story line surrounding it, together with the facts, deliberate anachronisms, and the characters involved.

@ChasquiPenguin, A Dose Of David Mitchell, 23rd February 2020

Photos: Upstart Crow cast in rehearsals

The comedy based on the hit sitcom is about to open in the West End.

What's On Stage, 30th January 2020

12 Days of Christmas Specials 9: Upstart Crow specials

What could be more Christmassy than a couple of feature-length Upstart Crow specials starring Emma Thompson, and also, (independently I might add) Kenneth Brannagh? I'll tell you: Nothing!

Rhianna Evans, The Comedy Blog, 22nd December 2019

Upstart Crow to become a stage show

David Mitchell will star in a stage version of the BBC sitcom Upstart Crow. The show will run in the West End between February and April 2020.

British Comedy Guide, 25th September 2019

The Upstart Crow Fact Check - Episode 4

This episode's story revolves around Shakespeare's sonnets and the two subjects to whom they were dedicated: The Fair Youth and The Dark Lady. As their actual identities are not known, there are a number of candidates but Lord Southampton and Emilia Lanier are considered to be strong possibilities. However, it is fairly certain that none was written to his wife Anne.

A Dose Of David Mitchell, 15th September 2019

Upstart Crow Fact Check - The Play's the Thing

The title of this episode is from Hamlet and the words are spoken by Hamlet himself.

A Dose Of David Mitchell, 5th August 2019

Top 10 Upstart Crow episodes

You sent in your lists of favourite Upstart Crow episodes and now we can announce the top 10.

Rhianna Evans, Super Ink, 8th July 2019

All Is True, and The Expanded Upstart Crow Universe

Ben Elton and Kenneth Branagh's serious biopic about Shakespeare's final years - All Is True, undoubtedly feels part of the expanded Upstart Crow universe.

A Dose Of David Mitchell, 17th February 2019 Awards 2018 shortlist

The shortlisted TV and radio shows for the Awards 2018 have been announced. 60 programmes are now in the running for the Comedy Of The Year title.

British Comedy Guide, 21st January 2019

Upstart Crow, BBC Two review

Shakespeare does Dickens in seasonal tale.

Veronica Lee, The Arts Desk, 26th December 2018