92 votes
Upstart Crow

Upstart Crow

BBC Two 2016

William Shakespeare 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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The 10 Best Episodes of Upstart Crow

Upstart Crow - S2E6

#1 - Sweet Sorrow


Season 2 - Episode 6

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

The episode was rated from 65 votes.

Upstart Crow - S1E6

#2 - The Quality of Mercy


Season 1 - Episode 6

When Will's savings go missing, he is forced to make an unusual bargain with his rival. Kate's frustration with the lack of roles for women leads her to make a dramatic intervention.

The episode was rated from 117 votes.

Upstart Crow - S2E1

#3 - The Green Eyed Monster


Season 2 - Episode 1

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

The episode was rated from 81 votes.

Upstart Crow - S1E5

#4 - What Bloody Man is That?


Season 1 - Episode 5

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.

The episode was rated from 112 votes.

Upstart Crow - S3E4

#5 - Sigh No More


Season 3 - Episode 4

When Kate stands in for Sue at the masked ball she accidentally sets off a chain of events that leaves Sue humiliated by the other local teenagers and Will needs to come up with a ruse to turn the tables on the bullies. Meanwhile in all the confusion Hamnet has gone missing.

The episode was rated from 50 votes.

Upstart Crow - S2E2

#6 - I Know Thee Not, Old Man


Season 2 - Episode 2

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

The episode was rated from 64 votes.

Upstart Crow - S2E3

#7 - I Did Adore a Twinkling Star


Season 2 - Episode 3

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

The episode was rated from 69 votes.

Upstart Crow - S3E1

#8 - Lord, What Fools These Mortals Be!


Season 3 - Episode 1

Will needs inspiration for his new play A Midsummer Night's Dream. Meanwhile how can he get hold of some love potion, and where is Bottom going to put that stuffed donkey head?

The episode was rated from 54 votes.

Upstart Crow - S2E5

#9 - Beware My Sting!


Season 2 - Episode 5

The women in Will's life are not impressed with his play about a strong woman humiliated.

The episode was rated from 58 votes.

Upstart Crow - S3E6

#10 - Go On and I Will Follow


Season 3 - Episode 6

As Will wrestles with temptation a bigger threat to his family lurks in the wings.

The episode was rated from 54 votes.

Upstart Crow - S3E2
#11 - Wild Laughter in the Throat of Death
Season 3 - Episode 2

Will Shakespeare has been working on his masterpiece. His friends tell him it's his greatest comedy yet, but Will insists that Hamlet isn't actually meant to be funny.

The episode was rated from 46 votes.
Upstart Crow - S3E3
#12 - If You Prick Us, Do We Not Bleed?
Season 3 - Episode 3

London is full of anti-immigrant rioting. Will looks forward to an age when such sentiments are long-gone, but in the meantime he and the players plan to do their bit to help those worse off than themselves with a fund-raising charity gala night. “Inflated Pig's Bladder Day” is a triumph.

The episode was rated from 46 votes.
Upstart Crow - S3E5
#13 - The Most Unkindest Cut of All
Season 3 - Episode 5

Will's troupe plot against each other, but his defusing of the situation helps give him a better idea for his new play about Julius Caesar.

The episode was rated from 46 votes.
Upstart Crow - S1E2
#14 - The Play's the Thing
Season 1 - Episode 2

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

The episode was rated from 163 votes.
Upstart Crow - S1E3
#15 - The Apparel Proclaims The Man
Season 1 - Episode 3

Will hopes to move up in the world when he is invited to a high-society party hosted by Lord Southampton, but is unsure what a poorly-educated country boy should wear to one of London's most upmarket events. The playwright's rival Sir Robert Greene offers him some fashion tips, but is it a double bluff, a triple bluff, or something even more fiendish?

The episode was rated from 135 votes.
Upstart Crow - S1E4
#16 - Love is Not Love
Season 1 - Episode 4

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?

The episode was rated from 125 votes.
Upstart Crow - S2E4
#17 - Food of Love
Season 2 - Episode 4

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

The episode was rated from 67 votes.
Upstart Crow - S1E1
#18 - Star Crossed Lovers
Season 1 - Episode 1

Episode one sees Will struggle to find inspiration for Romeo while having to deal with an angry actor, a very annoying house-guest and his family’s not terribly helpful script suggestions.

The episode was rated from 244 votes.

Last updated: jul 24, 2022



The listing is missing the 2017 Christmas Special - A Christmas Crow. Please could somebody add it ASAP.


It's like a smug uni student who passed a Shakespeare degree has thrown in every thing they've learnt & tried to recreate Blackadder, with constant rambling about 'what I've said will be mentioned in years to come' crap. the audience seems to be made up of fellow Shakespeare degree passers. It's devoid of humour, hard to believe how plain it is, considering the amount of great talent In &behind it. None of it, is even as good as the Blackadder season. 1


as a non.english who doesn't know and care about shakespeare, i do like this show and find it pretty funny.

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