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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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Cast

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
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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Comedy | History

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2016 (UK) See more »

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BBC Comedy See more »
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Trivia

Anne Hathaway, William Shakespeare's wife, was eight years older than him. Lisa Tarbuck, who played Anne, is ten years older than David Mitchell, who played Will. 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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As witty as the bard himself
7 May 2019 | by izzympSee all my reviews

I stumbled across this gem the other day on netflix and I am so glad I did! It's absolutely wonderful, even though I'm pretty sure many of the jokes require a little more knowledge about Shakespeare and his work than I have. The combination of o so clever historical references and relatable digs at the UK public transport system make it enjoyable for anyone. It may not be revolutionary, and the plot is far from complex, but it sure is funny.


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