Larry Brody sees ‘Upstart Crow’

It’s from BBC! It’s about Shakespeare! It’s funny in a way the Shakespeare we all had to read in school never was!

And it’s oh oh oh so true!

In other words, Gwen the Beautiful and I have just finished re-binging Upstart Crow,  the Shakespeare sitcom, and every two minutes my wonderful wife groaned at a line or two spoken by David Mitchell as Shakespeare and gave me The Look.

You know which look. The one writers’ loved ones give them when they’re trying to say, as nicely and lovingly as possible, “Holy crap, dood, that’s what you sound like. Now do you understand why you don’t have any friends?”

I love this show. So does everyone I’ve recommended it to, even non-writers. (Or so they say. Hmm…)

Oh well, instead of wasting time and money by getting thyself to a nunnery (which didn’t mean to Shakespeare what it means to us, oh no!), get thee to Britbox or YouTube and watch as much of you can and in so doing, “To thine ownself be true.”

Whoa. Never thought I’d be quoting Polonius. At least, not here.


Author: LB

A legendary figure in the television writing and production world with a career going back to the late ’60s, Larry Brody has written and produced hundreds of hours of American and worldwide television and is a consultant to production companies and networks in the U.S. and abroad . Shows written or produced by Brody have won several awards including - yes, it's true - Emmys, Writers Guild Awards, and the Humanitas Award.