Ups­tart Crow BBC2, 10pm

Macclesfield Express - - TVWEEK -

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.

David Mitchell

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