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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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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2016 (UK) See more »

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Upstart Crow See more »

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BBC Comedy See more »
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Stereo

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Color
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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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Possibly the Worst Review Ever Written For a Good Show
2 September 2016 | by vane117See all my reviews

I read the first 3 words of Dale R's review and knew immediately that the review was the worst thing ever written. It wasn't even a compete sentence! One might think it was unfair to only read 1/60th of his review - but Dale felt it was fair to judge the entire show based on 1/60th of the first episode . . .

Upstart Crow is light, but very enjoyable. Interesting blend of modern humor and 16th century life. Love the casting!

It definitely helps if you are familiar with the works of Shakespeare. Otherwise, you will miss many of the references made in each episode.

My favorite episode is "Love Is Not Love"


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