New series. Will is desperate to make a good impression with the College of Heralds so he can get his family a coat of arms and finally make the Shakespeares posh. So when African royal Prince Otello comes to town, the aspiring playwright decides that befriending him is the perfect opportunity to make a favourable impression amongst the gentry. David Mitchell returns as William Shakespeare in Ben Elton's comedy, guest starring Steve Toussaint, with Harry Enfield, Paula Wilcox, Liza Tarbuck and Mark Heap.
Will is off to Stratford to get some serious writing done, but when Simon Hunt, his terrifying old schoolteacher, invites himself to stay, Will is unable to say no even though his presence stirs up some pretty awful memories of the classroom. Meanwhile, Marlowe and Greene are also up in Warwickshire hunting for a Roman Catholic spy, leaving Will to keep himself and his own family safe from being burned at the stake for heresy, while simultaneously coming up with a play about any king called Henry.
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.
Will decides to make theatrical history by inventing the greatest hits musical and all he has to do is get hold of the madrigal back catalogue of Elizabethan England's greatest songwriter Thomas Morley. However, the playwright's arch-enemy Robert Greene and his gang of sneering poets are determined to keep popular music off the London stage. Ben Elton's comedy about William Shakespeare's family life and professional career, guest starring Great British Bake Off host Noel Fielding, with David Mitchell and Mark Heap.
Will's new comedy The Taming of the Shrew becomes a big hit, but the subject matter of the play divides his friends and family along gender lines and triggers some major fallings-out. Is this the opportunity Robert Greene has been waiting for to destroy the Bard for ever? Ben Elton's comedy, starring David Mitchell and Mark Heap.
Will finally manages to finish his teen romance Romeo and Juliet, but it leaves him with the rather thorny problem of who to cast. Burbage and Condell see themselves in the title roles, while Kate is desperate to play Juliet, but unfortunately women are not legally allowed to act. If the playwright and his theatre company put a foot wrong it may be the end for them with Master of the Revels Robert Greene breathing down their necks. Comedy, starring David Mitchell, Gemma Whelan and Mark Heap. Last in the series.