Upstart Crow DVD|
Based on the facts we know about William Shakespeare, Ben Elton's sitcom is about the life of the world's favourite bard as it just might have been. It's the 1590s and Will (David Mitchell) is still at the start of his career. In London his plays are looked down on by his sinister rival Robert Greene, while his friends and fellow actors are baffled by Will's weird new ideas. He's not taken very seriously in Stratford either where his mum and dad say his plays are boring, his teenage daughter makes fun of his flowery language and his wife Anne wonders how he can claim to be a great writer when he can't even find his quill. Packed with gags and sparkling wordplay Upstart Crow pays comic homage to the greatest writer in the history of the English language - and reveals some rather surprising stories about where his best ideas came fromfrom£10.29 | RRP:
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- 20 June 2016
- David Mitchell
- 175 minutes
David Mitchell stars as William Shakespeare in this six-part BBC comedy written by Ben Elton. Beginning in 1592, the series follows the struggles of the Bard's early career and his domestic life split between London and Stratford-upon-Avon. While trying to finish 'Romeo and Juliet', William practices his lines with his daughter Susanna (Helen Monks) but both she and his wife Anne (Liza Tarbuck) have objections about his use of flowery language. The family's home life, and William's writing, is interrupted by the arrival of Robert Greene (Mark Heap)'s nephew but as his writing progresses William begins to move up in the world and becomes more convinced he is on the verge of a major breakthrough. The episodes are: 'Star-Crossed Lovers', 'The Play's the Thing', 'The Apparel Proclaims the Man', 'Love Is Not Love', 'What Bloody Man Is That?' and 'The Quality of Mercy'.
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