BBC Two has handed out a second season renewal to Upstart Crow, their William Shakespeare comedy which hails from veteran comedy writer Ben Elton and stars David Mitchell, TVWise has learned.
The show’s second season, which will consist of six half-hour episodes, is set to air in 2017 and was commissioned by the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning Shane Allen,
“What with the brilliant response to Ben’s re-imagination of Will Shakespeare’s world and the uniquely entertaining cast, it would be madness not to bring Upstart Crow back for a second series”, Shane Allen said in a statement.
Originally picked up in December 2015 as part of the BBC’s output to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakepseare’s death, Upstart Crow proved to be a hit with critics and viewers alike and attracted a consolidated audience of more than two million viewers. The series, which follows the life and times of Will Shakespeare as he starts to make a name for himself in London, is produced by BBC In-House Comedy and stars David Mitchell as the Bard.
At present the only member of the show’s cast confirmed to be returning for season two is David Mitchell, with the BBC stating that other returning cast members be confirmed at a later date. “I’m thrilled that we’ll be making a second series of Upstart Crow, but sad that my favourite part of the creative process – the quote for the press release – is now over”, said Mitchell.
“Making a sitcom for the BBC is the holy grail of British comedy writing”, added series creator Ben Elton. “I am absolutely thrilled that Upstart Crow has earned a second series and am sorry for some of the things I thought about the Bard while studying for my English Lit O Level.”