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A Crow Christmas Carol

Duration: 39 minutes

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

Available for 2 months

Shakespearian comedy. Things get Dickensian when a mysterious stranger inspires Will to get Greene to mend his evil ways with the help of three Christmas spirits. Show more

Contributors

Colin / The Stranger:
Kenneth Branagh
Ephie Watkins:
Lily Cole
Kit Marlowe:
Tim Downie
John Shakespeare:
Harry Enfield
Mrs Scratchit:
Hannah-Jane Fox
Robert Greene:
Mark Heap
Will Shakespeare:
David Mitchell
Susanna Shakespeare:
Helen Monks
Bottom:
Rob Rouse
Anne Shakespeare:
Liza Tarbuck
Job Scratchit:
Karl Theobald
Mary Shakespeare:
Paula Wilcox
Judith Shakespeare:
Rosanna Beacock
Tiny Todge:
Luka Petrovic
Writer:
Ben Elton
Director:
Richard Boden
Executive Producer:
Chris Sussman

Upstart Crow

Lockdown Christmas 1603

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales HD

Available for 21 days

The plague has hit London, and as Christmas approaches, Will and Kate are in wave fifteen of state-enforced home confinement together in Will’s London lodgings. Show more

Contributors

Upstart Crow

Series 2

Episode 2: I Know Thee Not, Old Man

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Comedy. When his terrifying old teacher invites himself to stay, Will is unable to say no even though his presence stirs up some pretty awful memories. Show more

Contributors

Kit Marlowe:
Tim Downie
John Shakespeare:
Harry Enfield
Robert Greene:
Mark Heap
Susanna Shakespeare:
Helen Monks
Bottom:
Rob Rouse
Anne Shakespeare:
Liza Tarbuck
Mary Shakespeare:
Paula Wilcox
Will Shakespeare:
David Mitchell
Judith Shakespeare:
Rosanna Beacock
Hamnet Shakespeare:
Joe Willis
Writer:
Ben Elton
Director:
Richard Boden
Executive Producer:
Chris Sussman

Upstart Crow

Series 2

Episode 4: Food of Love

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Comedy. Will has invented a musical and needs help from the greatest songwriter of the age: Thomas Morley. However, success looks far from guaranteed. Show more

Contributors

Will Shakespeare:
David Mitchell
Thomas Morley:
Noel Fielding
Kit Marlowe:
Tim Downie
John Shakespeare:
Harry Enfield
Robert Greene:
Mark Heap
Susanna Shakespeare:
Helen Monks
Bottom:
Rob Rouse
Anne Shakespeare:
Liza Tarbuck
Mary Shakespeare:
Paula Wilcox
Judith Shakespeare:
Rosanna Beacock
Hamnet Shakespeare:
Joe Willis
Writer:
Ben Elton
Director:
Richard Boden
Executive Producer:
Chris Sussman

Upstart Crow

Series 2

Episode 5: Beware My Sting!

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Shakespearean sitcom. Will is thrilled with his new play, in which a strong woman is crushed into submission by a man. For some reason, Kate is less than impressed. Show more

Contributors

Kit Marlowe:
Tim Downie
John Shakespeare:
Harry Enfield
Robert Greene:
Mark Heap
Susanna Shakespeare:
Helen Monks
Bottom:
Rob Rouse
Anne Shakespeare:
Liza Tarbuck
Mary Shakespeare:
Paula Wilcox
Will Shakespeare:
David Mitchell
Judith Shakespeare:
Rosanna Beacock
Hamnet Shakespeare:
Joe Willis
Writer:
Ben Elton
Director:
Richard Boden
Executive Producer:
Chris Sussman

Upstart Crow

Series 2

Episode 6: Sweet Sorrow

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Shakespeare comedy. Romeo and Juliet is finally finished and the only problem now is who will play the young lovers. Show more

Contributors

Kit Marlowe:
Tim Downie
John Shakespeare:
Harry Enfield
Southampton:
Adam Harley
Robert Greene:
Mark Heap
Susanna Shakespeare:
Helen Monks
Bottom:
Rob Rouse
Anne Shakespeare:
Liza Tarbuck
Mary Shakespeare:
Paula Wilcox
Will Shakespeare:
David Mitchell
Judith Shakespeare:
Rosanna Beacock
Hamnet Shakespeare:
Joe Willis
Writer:
Ben Elton
Director:
Richard Boden
Executive Producer:
Chris Sussman

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 2

Episode 1: The Green-Eyed Monster

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Shakespearean sitcom. When a dashing African Prince comes to town by the name of Otello, Will sees a way to make a favourable impression amongst the gentry. Show more

Contributors

Kit Marlowe:
Tim Downie
John Shakespeare:
Harry Enfield
Robert Greene:
Mark Heap
Susanna Shakespeare:
Helen Monks
Bottom:
Rob Rouse
Anne Shakespeare:
Liza Tarbuck
Mary Shakespeare:
Paula Wilcox
Will Shakespeare:
David Mitchell
Writer:
Ben Elton
Director:
Richard Boden
Executive Producer:
Chris Sussman

Upstart Crow

A Christmas Crow

Duration: 39 minutes

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

Shakespeare comedy. When Marlowe, Kate and the usually awful Robert Greene look to be facing a miserable Christmas in London, Will's heart gets the better of him. Show more

Contributors

Kit Marlowe:
Tim Downie
John Shakespeare:
Harry Enfield
Robert Greene:
Mark Heap
Susanna Shakespeare:
Helen Monks
Bottom:
Rob Rouse
Anne Shakespeare:
Liza Tarbuck
Queen Elizabeth:
Emma Thompson
Mary Shakespeare:
Paula Wilcox
Will Shakespeare:
David Mitchell
Judith Shakespeare:
Rosanna Beacock
Hamnet Shakespeare:
Joe Willis
Writer:
Ben Elton
Director:
Richard Boden
Executive Producer:
Chris Sussman

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

Upstart Crow

Series 2

Episode 3: I Did Adore a Twinkling Star

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Comedy. As a result of Robert Greene's scheming, Will has to write a romance set in an exotic foreign location. Meanwhile, Kate has fallen for Marlowe. Show more

Contributors

Will Shakespeare:
David Mitchell
Kit Marlowe:
Tim Downie
John Shakespeare:
Harry Enfield
Valentine:
Jack Fox
Robert Greene:
Mark Heap
Susanna Shakespeare:
Helen Monks
Bottom:
Rob Rouse
Anne Shakespeare:
Liza Tarbuck
Mary Shakespeare:
Paula Wilcox
Judith Shakespeare:
Rosanna Beacock
Hamnet Shakespeare:
Joe Willis
Writer:
Ben Elton
Director:
Richard Boden
Executive Producer:
Chris Sussman

Upstart Crow

Series 3

Episode 1: Lord, What Fools These Mortals Be!

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Shakespearean sitcom. Will has a problem with A Midsummer Night's Dream, a love potion and a donkey head. Show more

Contributors

Kit Marlowe:
Tim Downie
John Shakespeare:
Harry Enfield
Robert Greene:
Mark Heap
Will Shakespeare:
David Mitchell
Susanna Shakespeare:
Helen Monks
Lord Egeus:
Nigel Planer
Bottom:
Rob Rouse
Burbage:
Steve Speirs
Anne Shakespeare:
Liza Tarbuck
Mary Shakespeare:
Paula Wilcox
Judith Shakespeare:
Rosanna Beacock
Hamnet Shakespeare:
Joe Willis
Writer:
Ben Elton
Director:
Richard Boden
Executive Producer:
Chris Sussman

Upstart Crow

Series 3

Episode 2: Wild Laughter in the Throat of Death

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Sitcom. Will has been working on his masterpiece. His friends say it's his best comedy yet, but Will insists Hamlet isn't meant to be funny. Show more

Contributors

Kit Marlowe:
Tim Downie
John Shakespeare:
Harry Enfield
Sir Francis Bacon:
Peter Hamilton Dyer
Robert Greene:
Mark Heap
Will Shakespeare:
David Mitchell
Susanna Shakespeare:
Helen Monks
Bottom:
Rob Rouse
Burbage:
Steve Speirs
Anne Shakespeare:
Liza Tarbuck
Earl of Oxford:
Dan Tetsell
Mary Shakespeare:
Paula Wilcox
Judith Shakespeare:
Rosanna Beacock
Hamnet Shakespeare:
Joe Willis
Writer:
Ben Elton
Director:
Richard Boden
Executive Producer:
Chris Sussman

Upstart Crow

Series 3

Episode 3: If You Prick Us, Do We Not Bleed?

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Shakespearean sitcom. A brilliant new actor has some surprising views about the authorship of Will's plays. Show more

Contributors

Kit Marlowe:
Tim Downie
John Shakespeare:
Harry Enfield
Robert Greene:
Mark Heap
Wolf Hall:
Ben Miller
Will Shakespeare:
David Mitchell
Susanna Shakespeare:
Helen Monks
Bottom:
Rob Rouse
Burbage:
Steve Speirs
Anne Shakespeare:
Liza Tarbuck
Mary Shakespeare:
Paula Wilcox
Judith Shakespeare:
Rosanna Beacock
Hamnet Shakespeare:
Joe Willis
Writer:
Ben Elton
Director:
Richard Boden
Executive Producer:
Chris Sussman

Upstart Crow

Series 3

Episode 5: The Most Unkindest Cut of All

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Shakespearean sitcom. Will writes a new play about Julius Caesar and the players indulge in some backstage backstabbing. Show more

Contributors

Kit Marlowe:
Tim Downie
Robert Greene:
Mark Heap
Will Shakespeare:
David Mitchell
Longinus:
Ola Orebiyi
Bottom:
Rob Rouse
Burbage:
Steve Speirs
Anne Shakespeare:
Liza Tarbuck
Writer:
Ben Elton
Director:
Richard Boden
Executive Producer:
Chris Sussman

Upstart Crow

Series 3

Episode 4: Sigh No More

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Shakespearean sitcom. When Kate stands in for Sue at a masked ball it causes problems. Will's ingenious solution doesn't quite work out as planned. Show more

Contributors

Margaret:
Bessie Coates
Kit Marlowe:
Tim Downie
Sergeant Dogberry:
Adrian Edmondson
John Shakespeare:
Harry Enfield
Will Shakespeare:
David Mitchell
Susanna Shakespeare:
Helen Monks
Bottom:
Rob Rouse
Burbage:
Steve Speirs
Anne Shakespeare:
Liza Tarbuck
Mary Shakespeare:
Paula Wilcox
Judith Shakespeare:
Rosanna Beacock
Hamnet Shakespeare:
Joe Willis
Writer:
Ben Elton
Director:
Richard Boden
Executive Producer:
Chris Sussman