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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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2018   2017   2016  
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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
Paula Wilcox ...  Mary Shakespeare / ... 19 episodes, 2016-2018
Harry Enfield ...  John Shakespeare / ... 19 episodes, 2016-2018
Helen Monks ...  Susanna 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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Trivia

The title of every episode referred to a play or a sonnet by William Shakespeare. "Star-Crossed Lovers" from "Romeo and Juliet", "The Play's the Thing" from "Hamlet", "The Apparel Proclaims the Man" from "Hamlet" and "Twelfth Night", "Love Is Not Love" from Sonnet 116, "What Bloody Man Is That?" from "Macbeth", "The Quality of Mercy" from "The Merchant of Venice", "The Green-Eyed Monster" from "Othello", "I Know Thee Not, Old Man" from "Henry IV, Part II", "I Did Adore a Twinkling Star" from "The Two Gentlemen of Verona", "Food of Love" from "The Comedy of Errors", "Beware My Sting!" from "The Taming of the Shrew", "Sweet Sorrow" from "Romeo and Juliet", "Lord, What Fools These Mortals Be!" from "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Wild Laughter in the Throat of Death" from "Love's Labour's Lost", "If You Prick Us, Do We Not Bleed?" from "The Merchant of Venice", "Sigh No More" from "Much Ado About Nothing", "The Most Unkindest Cut of All" from "Julius Caesar", "Go On and I Will Follow" from "As You Like It". 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 »

Connections

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

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Takes time to grow
9 August 2019 | by riggo-73503See all my reviews

Genius writing and further episodes become better with Christmas a magical satire


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