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Upstart Crow

Series 1

Episode 2: The Play's the Thing

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

David Mitchell stars as William Shakespeare, trying to make his name as a playwright in Tudor London.

In this episode, 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? Show less


Ben Elton
Matt Lipsey
Will Shakespeare:
David Mitchell
Anne Hathaway:
Liza Tarbuck
John Shakespeare:
Harry Enfield
Mary Arden:
Paula Wilcox
Helen Monks
Rob Rouse
Kit Marlowe:
Tim Downie
Robert Greene:
Mark Heap
Steve Speirs

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