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I Know Thee Not, Old Man 

Will is off to Stratford to get some writing done, but a visit from his terrifying old schoolteacher stirs up awful memories of the classroom. Marlowe and Greene are hunting for a Catholic spy.


Richard Boden


Ben Elton, Ben Elton (created by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Mitchell ... Will Shakespeare
Mark Heap ... Robert Greene
Jocelyn Jee Esien Jocelyn Jee Esien ... Lucy
Tim Downie ... Kit Marlowe
Steve Speirs ... Burbage
Dominic Coleman ... Condell
Spencer Jones ... Kempe
Gemma Whelan ... Kate
Rob Rouse Rob Rouse ... Bottom
Liza Tarbuck ... Anne Shakespeare
Rosanna Beacock Rosanna Beacock ... Judith Shakespeare
Joe Willis Joe Willis ... Hamnet Shakespeare
Paula Wilcox ... Mary Shakespeare
Harry Enfield ... John Shakespeare
Helen Monks ... Susanna Shakespeare


With Britain gripped by fear of Jesuit spies Will is horrified when his bullying former school-master Simon Hunt, comes to stay and proves to be a practising Catholic, endangering the household. When Kit and Greene also turn up efforts are made to hide Hunt - until Will finally stands up to him and Kit saves the day. Meanwhile Will's useless old father provides unexpected inspiration for a new character. Written by don @ minifie-1

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11 September 2017 (UK) See more »

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The number of viewers fell to 1,220,000 plunging Upstart Crow down to twentieth in the BBC Two rankings for the period 18th September 2017 - 24th September 2017. See more »

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I Know Thee Not, Old Man
27 September 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Kit and Greene are hunting for Catholics, well mainly Greene who is hoping that Will might be taking communion on the side.

Will ends up providing shelter to his former school teacher Simon Hunt even though Will has nightmares of this terrifying teacher. However Hunt puts the Shakespeare family in danger as he practises Catholicism.

Ben Elton used Henry V as inspiration for this episode but it really was a satirical look at all that has happened in the present day. Megalomaniacs getting elected while spreading fake news, religious schisms turning violent on each other, paranoia on transport when someone starts to speak in a different language.

The best bit was the two Gertrudes one who wanted to confess her sins to the priest and the other a slapper for Kit who Will apparently mixes up.

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