Preview – Upstart Crow

Upstart Crow Xmas
Picture Shows: Will (DAVID MITCHELL), Colin (KENNETH BRANAGH). Image Credit: BBC/Gary Moyes.

While normally Shakespearean, this Christmas special of Ben Elton’s sitcom is taking a Dickensian turn.

Following on the tragedy that his family in the finale of the last series, William Shakespeare (David Mitchell) encounters a mysterious stranger (Kenneth Branagh) who gives the playwright some hope in his life. This in turn inspires Will to save Robert Greene (Mark Heap) from a miserly life, by arranging a visit from three “ghosts” before Christmas.

Upstart Crow is on BBC Two at 20.35.