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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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Ben Elton
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3   2   1  
2018   2017   2016  
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
David Mitchell ...  Will Shakespeare / ... 20 episodes, 2016-2018
Gemma Whelan ...  Kate 20 episodes, 2016-2018
Rob Rouse Rob Rouse ...  Bottom 20 episodes, 2016-2018
Liza Tarbuck ...  Anne Shakespeare / ... 20 episodes, 2016-2018
Mark Heap ...  Robert Greene / ... 20 episodes, 2016-2018
Helen Monks ...  Susanna Shakespeare / ... 19 episodes, 2016-2018
Paula Wilcox ...  Mary Shakespeare / ... 19 episodes, 2016-2018
Harry Enfield ...  John Shakespeare / ... 19 episodes, 2016-2018
Tim Downie ...  Kit Marlowe / ... 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 Shakespeare / ... 12 episodes, 2017-2018
Jocelyn Jee Esien Jocelyn Jee Esien ...  Lucy 11 episodes, 2016-2018
Joe Willis Joe Willis ...  Hamnet Shakespeare 11 episodes, 2017-2018
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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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UK

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English

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2016 (UK) See more »

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BBC Comedy See more »
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The theme music is a dance tune titled "Jamaica" collected by John Playford and published in his fourth edition of 'The English Dancing Master' in 1670. See more »

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

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Genuinely funny
7 June 2016 | by LodgerinaSee all my reviews

This is a genuinely funny show that actually makes me laugh out loud - quite a rare thing for comedies these days which tend to be more low- key. It has a great cast and they look as though they're really enjoying themselves, which is infectious. I'm no Shakespeare buff, so I expect some of the references pass me by, but I enjoy the ones I do get and appreciated learning something about the sonnets in episode 4.

For those complaining about 'canned laughter', the series was recorded in front of a live studio audience and it's them you can hear. You may think they're laughing at things you don't find funny, but that's a different issue.

I'm sorry there's only one more episode to go and really hope the BBC commissions a second series.


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