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Upstart Crow

Series 1

Episode 1: Star Crossed Lovers

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Comedy about William Shakespeare. Will struggles to find inspiration for Romeo whilst also dealing with an angry actor and an annoying guest. Show more

Contributors

Writer:
Ben Elton
Director:
Matt Lipsey
Will Shakespeare:
David Mitchell
Anne Hathaway:
Liza Tarbuck
Mary Arden:
Paula Wilcox
Susanna:
Helen Monks
John Shakespeare:
Harry Enfield
Bottom:
Rob Rouse
Robert Greene:
Mark Heap
Burbage:
Steve Speirs

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

Comedy about William Shakespeare. Will's controversial new play is about to be presented to Queen Elizabeth when it goes missing. Show more

Contributors

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

Upstart Crow

Series 1

Episode 3: The Apparel Proclaims The Man

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Comedy about William Shakespeare. Will hopes to move up in the world when he is invited to Lord Southampton's party. Show more

Contributors

Writer:
Ben Elton
Director:
Matt Lipsey
William Shakespeare:
David Mitchell
Kit Marlowe:
Tim Downie
Bottom:
Rob Rouse
Robert Greene:
Mark Heap
Burbage:
Steve Speirs
Susanna:
Helen Monks
Anne Hathaway:
Liza Tarbuck
John Shakespeare:
Harry Enfield
Mary Arden:
Paula Wilcox
Footman:
Jason Forbes

Upstart Crow

Series 1

Episode 4: Love is Not Love

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Comedy about William Shakespeare. Will has completed his final sonnet and senses literary immortality just around the corner. Show more

Contributors

Writer:
Ben Elton
Director:
Matt Lipsey
William Shakespeare:
David Mitchell
Robert Greene:
Mark Heap
Bottom:
Rob Rouse
Anne Hathaway:
Liza Tarbuck
Susanna:
Helen Monks
John Shakespeare:
Harry Enfield
Mary Arden:
Paula Wilcox
Burbage:
Steve Speirs
Kit Marlowe:
Tim Downie
Southampton:
Adam Harley
Lord Inquisitor:
John Sessions

Upstart Crow

Series 1

Episode 5: What Bloody Man is That?

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Comedy about William Shakespeare. The plague leads Will and his friends to escape to the family home in Stratford. On the way, they meet three witches. Show more

Contributors

William Shakespeare:
David Mitchell
Kit Marlowe:
Tim Downie
Bottom:
Rob Rouse
The Weird Sisters:
Mina Anwar
The Weird Sisters:
Sarah Finigan
The Weird Sisters:
Christine Ozanne
Anne Hathaway:
Liza Tarbuck
Mary Arden:
Paula Wilcox
John Shakespeare:
Harry Enfield
Susanna:
Helen Monks
Burbage:
Steve Speirs
Sir Thomas:
Geoff McGivern
Robert Greene:
Mark Heap
Servant:
Tom Edden
Writer:
Ben Elton
Director:
Matt Lipsey

Upstart Crow

Series 1

Episode 6: The Quality of Mercy

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Comedy about William Shakespeare. When Will's savings go missing, he is forced to make a rather unusual bargain with his rival Robert Greene. Show more

Contributors

William Shakespeare:
David Mitchell
Anne Hathaway:
Liza Tarbuck
Kit Marlowe:
Tim Downie
Robert Greene:
Mark Heap
Bottom:
Rob Rouse
Burbage:
Steve Speirs
Susanna:
Helen Monks
Mary Arden:
Paula Wilcox
John Shakespeare:
Harry Enfield
Squeaky Boy:
Evan Rees
Clerk:
Tom Edden
Writer:
Ben Elton
Director:
Matt Lipsey