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Upstart Crow The Quality of Mercy (2016– ) HD online
Language: English
Category: TV Episode / Comedy / History
Original Title: The Quality of Mercy
Director: Matt Lipsey
Writers: Ben Elton,Ben Elton
Released: 2016–
Duration: 29min
Video type: TV Episode
Marlowe invests profitably in a cargo of tobacco and potatoes from the New World whilst joining Greene in mocking Will's lack of Latin. Will is planning to build a new theatre in Southwark with actor-manager Burbage but lacks funds and agrees to a loan from Greene who consequently demands a pound of flesh if Will cannot repay him. Taken to court by Greene Will must now rely on the much despised acting skills of Kate to save him - as well as her ability to keep someone else's secret.
Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Mitchell David Mitchell - Will
Tim Downie Tim Downie - Marlowe
Jocelyn Jee Esien Jocelyn Jee Esien - Lucy
Mark Heap Mark Heap - Greene
Gemma Whelan Gemma Whelan - Kate
Rob Rouse Rob Rouse - Bottom
Steve Speirs Steve Speirs - Burbage
Dominic Coleman Dominic Coleman - Condell
Spencer Jones Spencer Jones - Kempe
Liza Tarbuck Liza Tarbuck - Anne
Helen Monks Helen Monks - Susanna
Paula Wilcox Paula Wilcox - Mary
Harry Enfield Harry Enfield - John
Evan Rees Evan Rees - Squeaky Boy
Tom Edden Tom Edden - Clerk

Most of the elements of the plot such as the loan from a cruel moneylender, the woman dressing up as a male lawyer and the pound of flesh being forfeit, are based on Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice.

The number of viewers increased slightly for this finale to 1.18 million pushing Upstart Crow up to twentieth in the rankings for BBC2 for the period 13th June - 19th June 2016.

Gabrielle Glaister (Judge "Bob") played a woman masquerading as a man ("Bob") in Blackadder also written by Ben Elton, together with Richard Curtis.

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    The final episode of the first series of Upstart Crow is inspired by The Merchant of Venice. Will needs to put some money up for a new theatre so invests money in cargo from the New World but is royally stuffed by his nemesis Robert Greene who has also lent him the money to invest in the first place. The result he will lose a pound of flesh.

    Kate is allowed to pretend to be a male in order to become an actor but fails miserably, she goes for the vegetarian option for lunch. However at Will's trial, that Judge looks familiar it is Bob from the first episode of Blackadder as Gabrielle Glaister reprises her role some 30 years later.

    Well that really brings the Blackadder comparison to the forefront, it is no use in Ben Elton hiding it, he might as well steal from himself. It has been an enjoyable series which got better as it went along.