Huzzah! A new series of Upstart Crow returns, starring David Mitchell as William Shakespeare, a man desperately balancing the competing claims of a busy family life in Stratford and trying to become the greatest writer of all time in London.
Episode one – The Green Eyed Monster: Will has to contend with the sneering rivalry of Robert Greene (Mark Heap) and the demands of having to churn out hits for a theatre company full of needy egos (played by Steve Speirs, Spencer Jones and Dominic Coleman), while at the same time facing one hell of a commute, back and forth to see the family in Stratford-upon-Avon, home of his wife Anne (Liza Tarbuck), stroppy teenage daughter Susannah (Helen Monks), his young twins, and his parents – dodgy dealing Dad (Harry Enfield) and posh-family-gone-to-seed mum (Paula Wilcox).
To make matters worse he has to contend with the Tudor public transport system that is almost as bad as the one we have today. Helping him keep it all together are his servant Bottom (Rob Rouse), his friend and would-be actress Kate (Gemma Whelan) and his dashing and not terribly trustworthy best friend Kit Marlowe (Tim Downie).
This week an African Prince is in town and Will decides that befriending him is the perfect opportunity to make his way into smarter social circles. But somebody is trying to turn Prince Otello (Steve Toussaint) against him. Written by Ben Elton.
Pictured are Will (played by David Mitchell), Marlowe (played Tim Downie) and Otello (played by Steve Toussaint).
Upstart Crow: The Green Eyed Monster Episode 1 (of 6) airs on Monday 11 September 2017 from 8.30pm-9.00pm on BBC Two.