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Upstart Crow 

Satirical Blackadderesque sitcom about how friends, family, historical circumstances, and his arch-rival Robert Greene, who first coined the derogatory term "upstart crow", influenced William Shakespeare to write his famous plays.

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Series cast summary:
David Mitchell ...  Will Shakespeare / ... 19 episodes, 2016-2018
Gemma Whelan ...  Kate 19 episodes, 2016-2018
Rob Rouse Rob Rouse ...  Bottom 19 episodes, 2016-2018
Liza Tarbuck ...  Anne Shakespeare / ... 19 episodes, 2016-2018
Mark Heap ...  Robert Greene / ... 19 episodes, 2016-2018
Helen Monks ...  Susanna Shakespeare / ... 18 episodes, 2016-2018
Paula Wilcox ...  Mary Shakespeare / ... 18 episodes, 2016-2018
Harry Enfield ...  John Shakespeare / ... 18 episodes, 2016-2018
Tim Downie ...  Kit Marlowe / ... 18 episodes, 2016-2018
Steve Speirs ...  Burbage 18 episodes, 2016-2018
Dominic Coleman ...  Condell 18 episodes, 2016-2018
Spencer Jones ...  Kempe 18 episodes, 2016-2018
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Jocelyn Jee Esien Jocelyn Jee Esien ...  Lucy 10 episodes, 2016-2018
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Satirical Blackadderesque sitcom about how friends, family, historical circumstances, and his arch-rival Robert Greene, who first coined the derogatory term "upstart crow", influenced William Shakespeare to write his famous plays.

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2016 (UK) See more »

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Уильям наш, Шекспир See more »

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The character Kempe, continuously bragging of his time in the Italian theatre (based upon the famous actor of the time) is clearly a parody of Ricky Gervais, a famously self-promoting actor and self-styled comedian. See more »

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Referenced in Too Much TV: Episode #1.22 (2016) See more »

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It's grown on me
21 May 2016 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I've read the other (negative) review on here, and I sympathise, I can understand how this show isn't going to be to everyone's taste, but I enjoyed it on second watch, and have enjoyed subsequent episodes. I get the impression that there's been an attempt to recreate Blackadder, the visuals, ideas and setup, are very similar to Blackadder's early years. Naturally Upstart Crow doesn't come close to the great Blackadder, but it's still a worthy attempt, and has certain merits of its own. My main criticism of this is the hideous use of canned laughter, at times it is unbearable, a semi joke, and the audience are laughing hysterically, it doesn't help. I've always been a fan of David Mitchell's brand of comedy, the supporting cast are fun, I think it's quite underrated.


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