Upstart Crow

Upstart Crow

Season 2 (2017)

William Shakespeare is struggling to make his name as a writer in London, where being posh and knowing Latin seems to be more important than being a genius. And that's not his only problem. With a family in Stratford, the Bard is burning the candle at both ends. His teenage daughter is as stroppy as ever and his mate Kit Marlowe is stealing his best lines. The Bard runs his ink dry with stories of jealous African generals, teenage daughters in need of taming, and a musical play that may go by the title of 'Fourth Night'. David Mitchell returns in series two of Ben Elton's critically acclaimed comedy.

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01. The Green-Eyed Monster

Will wants to up his family's social standing, so when a Moorish Prince comes to town he plans to use him to impress the nobility. But things go very awry when a hanky gets into the wrong hands.

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02. I Know Thee Not, Old Man

When Will's bullying former school teacher invites himself to stay Will has to confront the demons of his childhood, but it soon turns out there's a lot more at stake, including Will's life.

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03. I Did Adore A Twinkling Star

Kate begins to develop a soft spot for Marlowe. Meanwhile, Will suddenly realises he needs to write a romance set in an exotic foreign location. Is inspiration on the way? All aboard for Verona!

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04. The Food of Love

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.

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04. Food Of Love

Will's invented an amazing new dramatic form: the musical. Problem is he needs the help of the greatest songwriter of the age, Thomas Morley, and he's got some ideas of his own.

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05. Beware My Sting!

Will's pleased with his new play The Taming of the Shrew. But for some reason the story of a strong-willed lady humiliated by a man doesn't go down well with any of the women in Will's life.

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06. Sweet Sorrow

Will has finished Romeo and Juliet but now there's a lot of competition for who will play Juliet. Kate feels the part should be hers. If only it wasn't against the law.

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07. Christmas Special

Will gets ready to present his new play to the most volatile and fierce critic in England - Queen Elizabeth (Emma Thompson).

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