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Emma Thompson to play Queen Elizabeth I

Emma Thompson has taken on the role of Queen Elizabeth I the Shakespeare style comedy, Upstart Crow.

The filming of the second season has already begun and comedians David Mitchell and Harry Enfield will be returning. The new season is set to be filled with an array of different guest appearances.

The first episode will be based on an early draft of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. This was a comedy where twins Viola and Sebastian are separated in a shipwreck. Thompson will play the queen in this episode.

Neil Fieding will appear as Thomas Morley where he works alongside Shakespeare to develop a new comedy.

Checkout a preview from season one.

The season follows Shakespeare as he continues to work towards his career and make it as a London playwright, working from home.


Following it’s success last year, Upstart Crow was this week named best new TV sitcom at the comedy.co.uk awards.

The programme is written by Ben Elton and stars Paula Wilcox as Will’s mother Mary Arden, Liza Tarbuck as his wife Anne Hathaway, Helen Monks as their daughter Susanna, and Mark Heap as his nemesis Robert Greene.

Chris Sussman head of comedy at BBC Studios said: “It’s great to welcome back our merry band of players – and if David Mitchell manages to learn all the soliloquies Ben’s written for him then he should be instantly knighted.”



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