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BILL (2014)

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BILL (2014)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 92

Release dates 15/02/2016, 27/03/2015

Rating Info mild bad language, sex references, violence

Genre(s) Comedy

Director(s) Richard Bracewell

Cast includes Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond

Summary William Shakespeare travels to London and becomes unwittingly embroiled in a plot to kill Queen Elizabeth I.

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

  • Parental guidance iconPG

Rating info

Rating info publication date 17/03/2015

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

BILL is a British comedy about William Shakespeare travelling to London and becoming unwittingly embroiled in a Spanish plot to kill Queen Elizabeth I.


There is some mild bad language, with uses of uses of 'bugger', 'bloody', 'whore' and 'cojones'. A man also starts to say "Well, that double crossing little f...", before the scene cuts to a man yelling "Furs". Very mild bad language includes uses of 'bum', 'God' and 'Jesus Christ'.


Mild sex references and innuendo include a woman suggesting that they arrange for 'kiss chase' and 'sex wrestling' to entertain a visiting dignitary. Another man sees a woman take money from a man at court and starts to say "I'm a prostitu....", before cutting himself off. A man is seen reading a paper with line drawings of women who cover their bare chests with their arms. A man declares, "I have lady parts", when he is talking about the roles he's been asked to perform in a play.


There are several comic sword fights and some characters are stabbed, although there are no visible injuries or blood. One man is seen to have a small amount of blood on his hand after touching an unseen wound. A man picks up a severed leg but there is no gory wound visible. Another man delivers a clunky headbutt to a guard to knock him out.

One man is threatened with torture. He is faced with a contraption with a bulbous end as his torturer says, "You don't want to know where this bit goes", before adding "Up your bum". The scene ends before it can be used.

Other issues include some toilet humour as people are seen vomiting in the streets or sitting on toilets making farting noises.

There is very brief natural nudity as a man's bare bottom is briefly seen as he stands in a gibbet.



Cinema, DVD
Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd,Koch Film
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