7.3
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 Worst Episodes of Upstart Crow

Upstart Crow - S1E1

#1 - Star-Crossed Lovers

7.41

Season 1 - Episode 1

Will struggles 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 #1 Worst episode of Upstart Crow from 237 votes.

Upstart Crow - S1E4

#2 - Love Is Not Love

7.45

Season 1 - Episode 4

Will completes 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 #2 Worst episode of Upstart Crow from 121 votes.

Upstart Crow - S1E2

#3 - The Play's the Thing

7.47

Season 1 - Episode 2

Will's controversial new play is about to be presented to Queen Elizabeth, but it goes missing and the finger of suspicion points to his best friend and fellow author KIt Marlowe. The playwright has to scramble desperately to come up with a way to recover his stolen masterpiece, though given its politically sensitive content, is he really wise to want it back?

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Upstart Crow from 156 votes.

Upstart Crow - S2E4

#4 - Food of Love

7.47

Season 2 - Episode 4

Will takes it badly when everybody tells him his new play about two sets of identical twins separated at birth and given the same names is rather far-fetched, until he hits on a sure fire way to stop any audience minding when the plot gets really ridiculous – make it a musical. Back in Stratford, Will's dad is determined to get Will to use his new-found writing fame to make the Shakespeare family properly posh, which turns out to be rather a big ask.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Upstart Crow from 64 votes.

Upstart Crow - S1E3

#5 - The Apparel Proclaims the Man

7.47

Season 1 - Episode 3

Will hopes to move up in the world when he is invited to Lord Southampton's party. But what should a poorly-educated country boy wear to London's poshest do? And are Sir Robert Greene's fashion tips a double bluff, a triple bluff or something even more fiendish?

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Upstart Crow from 128 votes.

Upstart Crow - S3E5
#6 - The Most Unkindest Cut of All
7.50
Season 3 - Episode 5

Will has decided to write a play about the life of Julius Caesar, but his only problem is how to deal with his assassination. The Queen is not likely to approve of any play about doing in the head of state, and Robert Greene is particularly keen to label Will a traitor.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Upstart Crow from 46 votes.

Upstart Crow - S3E3
#7 - If You Prick Us, Do We Not Bleed?
7.52
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 #2 Worst episode of Upstart Crow from 46 votes.

Upstart Crow - S3E2
#8 - Wild Laughter in the Throat of Death
7.53
Season 3 - Episode 2

Will 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 #3 Worst episode of Upstart Crow from 45 votes.

Upstart Crow - S2E5
#9 - Beware My Sting!
7.54
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 #4 Worst episode of Upstart Crow from 56 votes.

Upstart Crow - S3E6
#10 - Go on and I Will Follow
7.54
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 #5 Worst episode of Upstart Crow from 54 votes.

Last updated: jan 10, 2021

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

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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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