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Upstart Crow

  • 2018
  • Season 3
  • 6 episodes
  • Drama
  • Sitcom

Summary

Will needs inspiration for his new play A Midsummer Night's Dream, Greene hits on a new way to destroy Will's reputation, and Will and his friends leave London to travel to Stratford.

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Episode 1: Lord, What Fools These Mortals Be!

Summary

Will is just finishing writing A Midsummer Night's Dream, a tale of love potions, enchantment and a wood full of fairies. He's very pleased with how realistic it is as he based it on his own experience, but Burbage and the other actors tell him it lacks a little comedy. Meanwhile, Kate has problems of her own, because Lord Egeus, a rather old but very wealthy gentleman, has taken a shine to her

Review

I’ll admit to being a latecomer to Ben Elton’s Upstart Crow, having missed series one entirely and only hopping aboard come series two. And though it’s arch and silly, I can’t help but like it.

I know, I know, it has wildly annoying studio audience laughter and it’s little more than a passingly intellectual, very broad pantomime. But hey ho, Upstart Crow harms no one, it’s got a good heart in its own way, and it’s so daft it’s impossible to despise (knowing how angry viewers can become about comedy).

Will (David Mitchell) is trying out A Midsummer Night’s Dream on his players. But they think it’s boring and stupid, while back at his London lodgings Kate (Gemma Whelan) wonders whether “a drugged person [Titania] is capable of giving consent”.

There are the usual modern-parallel gags about public transport and, of course, some low fun with the name “Puck”.

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2018-08-29
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Cast

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Will ShakespeareDavid Mitchell
Anne ShakespeareLiza Tarbuck
John ShakespeareHarry Enfield
Kit MarloweTim Downie
KateGemma Whelan
Mary ShakespearePaula Wilcox
Robert GreeneMark Heap
Lord EgeusNigel Planer
BottomRob Rouse
BurbageSteve Speirs
CondellDominic Coleman
KempeSpencer Jones
Judith ShakespeareRosanna Beacock
Hamnet ShakespeareJoe Willis
Susanna ShakespeareHelen Monks
PuckKen Nwosu

Crew

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WriterBen Elton
DirectorRichard Boden
ProducerGareth Edwards
Executive producerChris Sussman

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  • Summary

    Will is just finishing writing A Midsummer Night's Dream, a tale of love potions, enchantment and a wood full of fairies. He's very pleased with how realistic it is as he based it on his own experience, but Burbage and the other actors tell him it lacks a little comedy. Meanwhile, Kate has problems of her own, because Lord Egeus, a rather old but very wealthy gentleman, has taken a shine to her

    Review

    I’ll admit to being a latecomer to Ben Elton’s Upstart Crow, having missed series one entirely and only hopping aboard come series two. And though it’s arch and silly, I can’t help but like it.

    I know, I know, it has wildly annoying studio audience laughter and it’s little more than a passingly intellectual, very broad pantomime. But hey ho, Upstart Crow harms no one, it’s got a good heart in its own way, and it’s so daft it’s impossible to despise (knowing how angry viewers can become about comedy).

    Will (David Mitchell) is trying out A Midsummer Night’s Dream on his players. But they think it’s boring and stupid, while back at his London lodgings Kate (Gemma Whelan) wonders whether “a drugged person [Titania] is capable of giving consent”.

    There are the usual modern-parallel gags about public transport and, of course, some low fun with the name “Puck”.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

    Streaming

    Details

    Released on
    2018-08-29
    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Will ShakespeareDavid Mitchell
    Anne ShakespeareLiza Tarbuck
    John ShakespeareHarry Enfield
    Kit MarloweTim Downie
    KateGemma Whelan
    Mary ShakespearePaula Wilcox
    Robert GreeneMark Heap
    Lord EgeusNigel Planer
    BottomRob Rouse
    BurbageSteve Speirs
    CondellDominic Coleman
    KempeSpencer Jones
    Judith ShakespeareRosanna Beacock
    Hamnet ShakespeareJoe Willis
    Susanna ShakespeareHelen Monks
    PuckKen Nwosu

    Crew

    rolename
    WriterBen Elton
    DirectorRichard Boden
    ProducerGareth Edwards
    Executive producerChris Sussman
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