Upstart Crow Lockdown Review: If you love every episode of Ben Elton’s Shakespeare and satire, you’re sure to know what you’re helped by – but only two of the excellent cast are going to have to swallow bitter pills, which have given us comfort and joy in delivering wordsmithery across three series (and the London stage as well, as it was).
You would know what to expect if you love each of Ben Elton’s Shakespeare and Co’s episodes – but you have only to swallow bittersweet pills from two excellent ensembles who have provided us with such comfort and joyous quick-feed delivery of wordsmithery over three seasons (and on the London stage, as it was before mid-March).
Anyone who doesn’t know about the format should also watch the previous BBC iPlayer Christmas Special where Will writes Anne’s sonnet lines and works on Burbage, Condell, and Kemp(e), to be introduced to the Queen on the Eighth Night: a far nastiest and full of looping doodle twists.
Here goes with the territory a certain flatness. James is on the throne now, pledging a 400-year union between England and Scotland. The elder Shakespeare is in the grave – mother bends her knee and dances her grave, but do not foresee Harry Enfield more than by flashback in the future. The bubonidiots are misbehaving, food is concealed and all the places are shut up, as in 1593, a year which gave birth.