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Upstart Crow

  • 2017
  • Season 2
  • 6 episodes
  • Sitcom
  • Comedy

Summary

Comedy about William Shakespeare as he starts to make a name for himself in London while also trying to be a good husband and father for his family in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Episode 3: I Did Adore A Twinkling Star

Summary

Will is desperate to find a new idea for his next play, but it turns out his new patron only likes romances set in exotic foreign locations. However, when Marlowe and Kate look like they might be falling for each other, he comes up with an ingenious plan to help his friends and also find some inspiration.

Review

Along with its litany of politically correct jabs and joke Elizabethanese, you also have to overlook a lot of historical inaccuracies in Ben Elton’s froth-light comedy. First that Kit Marlowe (Tim Downie) was a womaniser (he was almost certainly homosexual), that he was alive when Shakespeare started writing (he wasn’t) and that Will himself (David Mitchell) was a bit of an idiot.

Credulity is stretched further tonight when the “boobingtons” of Will’s formidable friend Kate “palpitate” as she falls for the feckless and shallow Kit, leading to an elaborate story of disguises and garden over-hearings modelled on The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Not for the scholars, but light and diverting enough all the same.

How to watch

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

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Languages
English
Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

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CondellDominic Coleman
Kit MarloweTim Downie
John ShakespeareHarry Enfield
LucyJocelyn Jee Esien
Robert GreeneMark Heap
KempeSpencer Jones
SusannaHelen Monks
BottomRob Rouse
BurbageSteve Speirs
Anne ShakespeareLiza Tarbuck
KateGemma Whelan
Mary ShakespearePaula Wilcox
Will ShakespeareDavid Mitchell
Judith ShakespeareRosanna Beacock
Hamnet ShakespeareJoe Willis
SilviaMargaret Clunie
ValentineJack Fox
ServantJacopo Menicagli

Crew

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DirectorRichard Boden
Executive producerChris Sussman
ProducerGareth Edwards
WriterBen Elton

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  • Episode 3

    I Did Adore A Twinkling Star

    Summary

    Will is desperate to find a new idea for his next play, but it turns out his new patron only likes romances set in exotic foreign locations. However, when Marlowe and Kate look like they might be falling for each other, he comes up with an ingenious plan to help his friends and also find some inspiration.

    Review

    Along with its litany of politically correct jabs and joke Elizabethanese, you also have to overlook a lot of historical inaccuracies in Ben Elton’s froth-light comedy. First that Kit Marlowe (Tim Downie) was a womaniser (he was almost certainly homosexual), that he was alive when Shakespeare started writing (he wasn’t) and that Will himself (David Mitchell) was a bit of an idiot.

    Credulity is stretched further tonight when the “boobingtons” of Will’s formidable friend Kate “palpitate” as she falls for the feckless and shallow Kit, leading to an elaborate story of disguises and garden over-hearings modelled on The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Not for the scholars, but light and diverting enough all the same.

    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

    Languages
    English
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    CondellDominic Coleman
    Kit MarloweTim Downie
    John ShakespeareHarry Enfield
    LucyJocelyn Jee Esien
    Robert GreeneMark Heap
    KempeSpencer Jones
    SusannaHelen Monks
    BottomRob Rouse
    BurbageSteve Speirs
    Anne ShakespeareLiza Tarbuck
    KateGemma Whelan
    Mary ShakespearePaula Wilcox
    Will ShakespeareDavid Mitchell
    Judith ShakespeareRosanna Beacock
    Hamnet ShakespeareJoe Willis
    SilviaMargaret Clunie
    ValentineJack Fox
    ServantJacopo Menicagli

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorRichard Boden
    Executive producerChris Sussman
    ProducerGareth Edwards
    WriterBen Elton
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There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

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