Upstart Crow

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Season 1 episodes (6)

1 Star Crossed Lovers
Will struggles to find inspiration for Romeo while at the same time having to deal with an angry actor, a very annoying house-guest, and his family’s not-terribly-helpful script suggestions.
2 The Play's The Thing
Will’s controversial new play is about to be presented to Queen Elizabeth when it goes missing. As the finger of suspicion points at his best friend Marlowe can Will come up with a way to recover his stolen masterpiece? And given its politically sensitive content, is he really wise to want it back?
3 The Apparel Proclaims The Man
Will hopes to move up in the world when he is invited to Lord Southampton’s party. But what should a poorly-educated country boy wear to London’s poshest do? And when his rival Sir Robert Greene gives him some fashion tips is it a double bluff, a triple bluff, or something even more fiendish?
4 Love Is Not Love
Will has completed his final sonnet and senses literary immortality just around the corner. But will the fair youth and the dark lady like them as much as he hopes? And is Anne likely to be impressed that her husband’s 154 hot new love poems don’t contain much about her?
5 What Bloody Man Is That?
The plague leads Will and his friends to escape to the family home in Stratford. On the way they meet three witches who have some surprising predictions to make about Will’s future, leading to a very serious case of house envy.
6 The Quality Of Mercy
There’s money to be made investing in cargos from the New World: but while Marlowe invests in tobacco and potato products, Will would rather invest in building a new theatre. But when Will’s savings go missing he’s forced to make a rather unusual bargain with his rival Robert Greene. Meanwhile Kate’s frustration with the lack of roles for women leads her to make a rather dramatic intervention…

About this show

David Mitchell stars as William Shakespeare in a rip-roaring comedy tribute to the Bard. Written by Ben Elton, this fictional account of his early career follows Shakespeare as he starts to make a name for himself in London, while also trying to be a husband and father for his family in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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19 reviews
Michael Schwarz
January 5, 2019
I've long been a fan of both Ben Elton and Shakespeare. I have to admit that the first 5-10 minutes of this did not much impress me, but from the moment the "Romeo prototype" shows up and then on through the baths two series currently available the show has been great. Very funny, and very clever riffs on Shakespeare and much comment on modernity from a pseudo-Elizabethan perspective.
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Jane Applebee
October 29, 2016
David Mitchell is great in or out of his puffling pants.
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Joan Maguire (Joani)
June 24, 2019
Love this show! David Mitchell is just great!
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