What Bard Is This?

From Times photographer, Paul Rogers
Ben Elton is responsible for one of the greatest comedies of all time: Blackadder. Yes, the show was the brain child of Richard Curtis, but it was the addition of Elton to the writing team in the second series that elevated the historical comedy from middling to phenomenal. And it seems, all these years later, he's keen to kick at the Elizabethan can again, as Elton and the BBC are producing a new, six episode long series focusing on the early days of William Shakespeare, titled Upstart Crow. And the series has found it's bard, in Peep Show and Mitchell and Webb alum, and master of angry logic, David Mitchell.

The series, also starring Harry Enfield as Bill's dad, is described thusly:
"It’s 1592 and Will Shakespeare is just at the beginning of his extraordinary career. The series will focus on both Will’s family and professional life and include the surprising stories of where many of his ideas came from. Also featured are his wife Anne and his extended family, his servant Bottom, his friends Kate and Marlowe, his theatrical troupe, and his rival Robert Greene.
"In the series, Will finds inspiration for Romeo from an unlikely source; mislays a nearly treasonous masterpiece; gets tricked into a very embarrassing pair of tights; has a spot of bother with the wife over some sonnets; meets three witches who predict great things for him; and borrows some money on some rather unusual conditions."
So... very Blackadder-esque, from the sounds of it. And I am deliriously alright with that.

Via Den of Geek.
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