Learn about The Bard? Watch TV!

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - OPINION -

I’ve come across a gem of a com­edy on BBC which is hi­lar­i­ously funny and very clever in­deed.

Up­start Crow is writ­ten by Ben El­ton and stars David Mitchell as Wil­liam Shake­speare.

The ti­tle comes from a de­ri­sive nick­name given to Shake­speare by his snob­bish ri­val Robert Greene, who looked down on The Bard – he con­sid­ered him to be an ill-ed­u­cated up­start.

I think it is Ben El­ton’s best work since the sub­lime Black­ad­der.

If you love Shake­speare you will chor­tle all the way through, but even if you don’t, I guar­an­tee you will belly laugh.

The sup­port­ing cast in­cludes Harry En­field as Shake­speare’s un­couth fa­ther and Lisa Tar­buck as Brum­mie wife Anne Hath­away.

Teach­ers are us­ing the sit­com to give pupils a greater un­der­stand­ing of the works of Shake­speare and that can only be a good thing.

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