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Upstart Crow 

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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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Ben Elton
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2020   2018   2017   2016  
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
David Mitchell ...  Will 21 episodes, 2016-2020
Gemma Whelan ...  Kate 21 episodes, 2016-2020
Rob Rouse Rob Rouse ...  Bottom 20 episodes, 2016-2018
Liza Tarbuck ...  Anne 20 episodes, 2016-2018
Tim Downie ...  Marlowe 19 episodes, 2016-2018
Paula Wilcox ...  Mary 19 episodes, 2016-2018
Harry Enfield ...  John 19 episodes, 2016-2018
Helen Monks ...  Susanna 19 episodes, 2016-2018
Mark Heap ...  Greene 19 episodes, 2016-2018
Steve Speirs ...  Burbage 19 episodes, 2016-2018
Dominic Coleman ...  Condell 19 episodes, 2016-2018
Spencer Jones ...  Kempe 19 episodes, 2016-2018
Rosanna Beacock Rosanna Beacock ...  Judith 12 episodes, 2017-2018
Joe Willis Joe Willis ...  Hamnet 11 episodes, 2017-2018
Jocelyn Jee Esien Jocelyn Jee Esien ...  Lucy 11 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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Comedy | History

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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 a parody of Ricky Gervais, a famously self-promoting actor and self-styled comedian. See more »

Goofs

In the first episode, Will's daughter, Susanna, is said to be 13. Susanna was baptized May 26, 1583, placing the episode (and the series) around 1596. Yet, Christopher Marlowe (who was killed in 1593) is portrayed as still being alive. See more »

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Very Underrated
6 October 2017 | by rorybobglynnSee all my reviews

I came across this on TV a couple of weeks ago, and I was surprised by how funny it was. I wasn't aware at the time that it was from the writer of "Blackadder", but it certainly shows in the quality. The cleverest thing is the dialogue. It's a great mix of Shakespearean phrases and modern English brilliantly rolled into one. The jokes are very funny, and the cast well-chosen (Mitchell is excellent as Shakespeare). If you haven't seen this, I'd recommend checking it out. It's well-worth your time if you like British Comedy.


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