Upstart Crow BBC2, 10pm
As the co-writer of Blackadder, Ben Elton knows a thing or two about historical comedies. So, expectations are high for his latest sitcom, which sees him going back to the Elizabethan era to explore the life of William Shakespeare (played here by Peep Show’s David Mitchell). The year is 1592, and Will is just starting out on his extraordinary career, finding inspiration in the unlikeliest places. But his days aren’t just spent knocking out masterpieces and enriching the English language – he also has to deal with his parents John and Mary.