Upstart Crow series 4: Will the show be back for another series?

Upstart Crow season 4 details

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Upstart Crow is back for a one-off Christmas special – but is a fourth series on the way?

Upstart Crow is a tale based on the life of William Shakespeare, genius, family man and highly-strung baldy-boots as he struggleth to be all at once a father, a husband, a commuter and the greatest literary genius of all time.


The show, written by Ben Elton and starring, David Mitchell, three series aired up until 2018 where it last broadcast with a Christmas special.

Is there a Upstart Crow series 4?

At the time of writing, a fourth series of Upstart Crow hasn’t been officially announced.

However at least one more series was previously teased, with David Mitchell telling The Independent: “I think Ben said from the start that he has enough ideas for four series.

“I did nine series of ‘Peep Show’, so I’m a believer that if you’ve got a good sitcom idea, you do loads of episodes of it.

“A sitcom premise that works is a rare thing, so don’t squander those opportunities.”

For now, the show will be back for with a one-off Christmas special.

Titled Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow: a Lockdown Christmas 1603, the two-hander episode will see David Mitchell reprise his role as the bard and Gemma Whelan as Kate.

A synopsis shares: “The plague has hit London and as Christmas approaches Will and Kate are in wave fifteen of state-enforced home confinement together in Will’s London lodgings. Will is doing his absolute best to use the plaguey lock-in to pen a classic for the new King so his head doesn’t end up in a basket.”

The Upstart Crow Christmas special made its debut in 2020 and will be repeated on Thursday, 23 December at 6:05PM.


Meanwhile you can stream all episodes from the first 3 series online via the BBC iPlayer here.

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