Ben Elton

Ben Elton

Date of birth: 03-05-1959
© BBC / Guy Levy

The Upstart Crow flies again

BBC orders a third series

The BBC has ordered a third series of Ben Elton’s Shakespeare comedy Upstart Crow.

The news was confirmed by the BBC Two continuity announcer at the end of tonight’s closing episode of the second series.

New episodes are expected to air next year, following  a Christmas special.

An  average of 1.5million viewers have watched each episode in the current series, with more added on catch-up.

David Mitchell plays Shakespeare, in a starry ensemble cast  that includes Liza Tarbuck, Harry Enfield, Paula Wilcox, Rob Rouse, Gemma Whelan, Tim Downie, Spencer Jones and Mark Heap

Noel Fielding made a cameo in the second series as  songwriter Thomas Morley.

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Published: 16 Oct 2017

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