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In this sitcom, an up-and-coming playwright named Will Shakespeare is trying to make a name for himself in 16th-century England. His career is hindered by his family, who don't take him seriously as a dramatic artist. The series debuted on BBC Two in 2016 and stars David Mitchell.

BBC America
2 Seasons, 13 Episodes
May 8, 2016
Cast: David Mitchell, Gemma Whelan, Rob Rouse, Liza Tarbuck
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Upstart Crow Full Episode Guide

  • 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.

  • Will's finished Romeo and Juliet but now there's competition over who will play Juliet.

  • Will Shakespeare has invented an amazing new dramatic form: the greatest hits musical.

  • Will has to write a romance set in an exotic foreign location. Kate falls for Marlowe.

  • When his old teacher invites himself to stay, Will must confront some awful memories.

  • When a dashing African Prince comes to town, Will decides to befriend him.

  • There's money to be made investing in cargos from the New World: but while Marlowe invests in tobacco and potato products, Will would rather invest in building a new theatre. But when Will's savings go missing he's forced to make a rather unusual bargain with his rival Robert Greene. Meanwhile Kate's frustration with the lack of roles for women leads her to make a rather dramatic intervention...

  • The plague leads Will and his friends to escape to the family home in Stratford. On the way they meet three witches who have some surprising predictions to make about Will's future, leading to a very serious case of house envy.

  • Will has completed his final sonnet and senses literary immortality just around the corner. But will the fair youth and the dark lady like them as much as he hopes? And is Anne likely to be impressed that her husband's 154 hot new love poems don't contain much about her?

  • Will hopes to move up in the world when he is invited to Lord Southampton's party. But what should a poorly-educated country boy wear to London's poshest do? And when his rival Sir Robert Greene gives him some fashion tips, is it a double bluff, a triple bluff, or something even more fiendish?

  • Will's controversial new play is about to be presented to Queen Elizabeth when it goes missing. As the finger of suspicion points at his best friend Marlowe, can Will come up with a way to recover his stolen masterpiece? And given its politically sensitive content, is he really wise to want it back?

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