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As Ben Elton's Elizabethan sitcom returns, Will Shakespeare (David Mitchell) is possibly more self-important than ever, and is determined to get a coat of arms so that gentlemen won't look down on his humble beginnings

As Ben Elton’s Elizabethan sitcom returns, Will Shakespeare (David Mitchell) is possibly more self-important than ever, and is determined to get a coat of arms so that gentlemen won't look down on his humble beginnings.

Cue a plot that includes befriending African prince Otello and trying to bribe the odious Robert Greene (a wonderful Mark Heap).

David Mitchell’s pompous Bard continues to be a delight, and the knowing nods to the present day (doubting a black actor will get to play the lead, predicting the popularity of reality TV) still get the biggest laughs.