Upstart Crow

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The long awaited sitcom Upstart Crowstarring David Mitchell will begin on Friday 6th May.

© BBC / Colin Hutton © BBC / Colin Hutton

The sitcom, commissioned as part of the BBC’s celebrations surrounding the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, marks Ben Elton’s return to historical sitcom 25 years after the final series of Blackadder, and alongside director Ben Kellett (Man to Man with Dean Learner), he’s gathered quite an impressive cast together.

The aforementioned David Mitchell of Peep Show fame portrays the legendary playwright, whilst Harry Enfield and Paula Wilcox play his parents. Also along for the ride are Spaced and Big Train star Mark Heap as bitter rival Sir Robert Greene, Trollied‘s Dominic Coleman as Kempleton and Liza Tarbuck as Anne Hathaway. No, not that one.

© BBC / Colin Hutton © BBC / Colin Hutton

Most excitingly for us, and the reason we’re telling you about this, is the presence of Gemma Whelan and 

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