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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 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

Upstart Crow

Series 3

Episode 6: Go On and I Will Follow

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Shakespearean sitcom. As Will wrestles with temptation a bigger threat to his family lurks in the wings. Show more

Contributors

Kit Marlowe:
Tim Downie
John Shakespeare:
Harry Enfield
Robert Greene:
Mark Heap
Emelia Laier:
Montserrat Lombard
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 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 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 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

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