| Release year: 2016. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. The canine in Shakespeare in Love was an adorable Labradoodle called Spot. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Ben Elton’s critically acclaimed Bard-centred sitcom has forsaken the relative safety of the small screen in order to expose itself to the slings and arrows of the outrageous fortune that is live performance. Creators: Ben Elton. Comedy, History. History and absurdity collide in this series focused on an upstart writer named William Shakespeare and his less-than-supportive family. Starring: David Mitchell, Gemma Whelan, Liza Tarbuck. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Helen Monks, Mark Heap, Gemma Whelan, Danielle Phillips, Rob Rouse, David Mitchell, Rachel Summers and Jason Callender in The Upstart Crow. An anachronistically advanced interest in our current preoccupations – animal rights, diversity, representation – is the running gag in a show that is notionally set in a period where it was illegal for a woman to play anything on a stage. That’s what they want,” declares Thomas Henslowe, the debt-ridden theatre manager in, The Upstart Crow is a deliriously silly adaptation, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. All Is True – Review. Susanna was baptized May 26, 1583, placing the episode (and the series) around 1596. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. | Episodes Upstart Crow. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Gemma Whelan played Kate in “Upstart Crow” and Yara Greyjoy in “Game of Thrones.” (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images) f all the sitcoms to be turned into a stage show. This creature has been rescued from the cruelties of a Bear Garden by the Bard’s female sidekick (played with heavenly feel for the show’s humour by Gemma Whelan). Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Creators: Ben Elton. | Episodes Upstart Crow. 29 min Satirical Blackadderesque sitcom about how friends, family, historical circumstances, and his arch-rival Robert Greene, who first coined the derogatory term "upstart crow", influenced William Shakespeare to write his famous plays. | The Upstart Crow, Gielgud Theatre review: A deliriously silly adaptation of the acclaimed sitcom. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. 2016 13+ 2 Seasons TV Shows Based on Books. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Upstart Crow. O f all the sitcoms to be turned into a stage show, Upstart Crow is an obvious choice: Ben Elton’s BBC series is about Shakespeare, after all. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. ... jauntily played by Gemma Whelan. Born on April 23, 1981 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, UK, her full name is Gemma Elizabeth Whelan. 2016 13+ 2 Seasons TV Comedies. Fans are in for a treat, as it’s basically a bumper episode, with most of the cast reprising their turns. Whelan’s other notable works include Cardinal Burns, Hetty Feather, Siblings, Madness of the Dance, The Wolfman, Gulliver’s Travels, and Prevenge, Mapp and Lucia, Upstart Crow, and Gentleman Jack. | Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. But then, even if you don’t like one gag, another will be along before you can say “tufting muffle”. Now just as Stoppard returns to the West End with his masterpiece Leopoldstadt, without larky Shakespearean scaffolding up pops The Upstart Crow. Alice Power’s set plays up its old-fashioned theatricality, with painted, flapping backcloths, and there’s much affectionate sending up of stage conventions (tiny masks completely obscuring an identity, and so on).