Upstart Crow (2016– )
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What Bloody Man Is That? 

An outbreak of the plague in London prompts Will and his friends to flee to Stratford, but on the journey north he meets three witches who make some strange predictions about his future.

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Will
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Weird Sister
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Fleeing the plague in London for Stratford Will, along with servant Bottom, Kate and Kit Marlowe, meets three witches who make a prophesy which will benefit him. Back home he encounters annoying neighbour MacBuff, whom, in line with the prophesy, he accidentally poisons and is then haunted by his ghost whilst attending a dinner party. Fearful of exposure by Greene he is relieved to find MacBuff very much alive and resolves to put the whole incident into a comic play. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Viewing figures for this penultimate edition of Upstart Crow fell to 1.14 million with the show dropping to twenty-third in the rankings for BBC2 for the period 6th June 2016 - 12th June 2016. See more »

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Upstart Crow 5
27 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

With a large dollop of inspiration from Macbeth, Ben Elton heads north of the border to to give fair representation to Scots and even manages to throw in a fried Mars bar joke.

The outbreak of the plague leads Will and his friends to escape to the family home in Stratford. On the way, they meet three mad witches who have some surprising prophecies that Will might be going up the property ladder.

His neighbour MacBuff drops by for a glass of milk and Will thinks he has murdered him by accidentally giving him white paint. Kate irritates Will's daughter and Kempe tries to bring some continental improvised comedy to entertain the great and the good only to find that the tried and trusted kick on the backside jokes brings the big laughs.

This episode really is Blackadder II meets Shakespeare, but niftily done. Elton gets to fit in gags about the state of public transport, moody teenagers, rising house prices, whinging Scots and the state of English comedy.


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