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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

'Romeo and Juliet' is finally finished, and the only problem is now who will play the young lovers. Burbage and Condell see themselves in the title roles of course, but is there a polite way for Will to tell them they may no longer look like young teenage lovers? Kate would give anything to take to the stage, but she can't possibly be Juliet as she's a girl, and lady-acting is illegal in Tudor England.

The episode was rated from 62 votes.

Upstart Crow - S1E6

#2 - The Quality of Mercy


Season 1 - Episode 6

There is 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 is forced to make a rather unusual bargain with his rival Robert Greene. Kate's frustration with the lack of roles for women leads her to make a rather dramatic intervention...

The episode was rated from 111 votes.

Upstart Crow - S2E2

#3 - I Know Thee Not, Old Man


Season 2 - Episode 2

Will is off to Stratford to get some serious writing done, but when Simon Hunt, his terrifying old school teacher, invites himself to stay, Will is unable to say no even though his presence stirs up some pretty awful memories of the classroom. Marlowe and Greene are also up in Warwickshire hunting for a Roman Catholic spy.

The episode was rated from 61 votes.

Upstart Crow - S3E1

#4 - Lord, What Fools These Mortals Be!


Season 3 - Episode 1

Will needs inspiration for his new play, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. 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 51 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. In all the confusion, Hamnet has gone missing.

The episode was rated from 50 votes.

Upstart Crow - S1E5
#6 - 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 108 votes.
Upstart Crow - S2E1
#7 - The Green-Eyed Monster
Season 2 - Episode 1

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. The only problem is that his deadly rival, Robert Greene is the Master of Heralds. When a dashing African Prince comes to town by the name of Otello, Will suddenly sees a way to make a favourable impression amongst the gentry. Otello makes a very favourable impression on the heart of Will's friend, Kate and the stage seems to be set for Robert Greene to stir up a little jealousy.

The episode was rated from 77 votes.
Upstart Crow - S2E3
#8 - I Did Adore a Twinkling Star
Season 2 - Episode 3

Will finds himself tricked by his evil nemesis, Robert Greene into writing a blood-soaked tragedy for a nobleman who only really likes romances set in exotic foreign locations. Suddenly Will needs to write a whole new play and he's all out of ideas. Marlowe is taking Italian lessons from Kate, and they seem to have developed something of a soft spot for each other.

The episode was rated from 66 votes.
Upstart Crow - S3E6
#9 - Go on and I Will Follow
Season 3 - Episode 6

The day of Hamnet’s confirmation is approaching and Anne has made sure it’s been in Will’s diary for months. The only problem is this also turns out to be the night of the first ever London Theatre Awards and, with Will being the greatest writer of all time—and with all the other theatre companies in London being closed all year because of the plague—Will reckons he may be in with a chance of a prize.

The episode was rated from 54 votes.
Upstart Crow - S2E5
#10 - Beware My Sting!
Season 2 - Episode 5

Will is thrilled with his new play, 'The Taming of the Shrew', in which a bright and strong-minded young woman is crushed and humiliated into submission by the man in her life. For some reason Kate is less than impressed, and Anne isn’t convinced either. Will thinks the solution is to try out a bit of 'taming' on his very stroppy teenage daughter Susannah.

The episode was rated from 56 votes.

Last updated: sep 08, 2021



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

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