Bill – Film Review

Bill is the latest project from the brilliant and hugely talented ensemble cast behind the first five series of Horrible Histories, and Yonderland. The film is a very funny, fictional account of Shakespeare’s “lost years”, explaining how Bill Shakespeare from Stratford became the world renowned playwright.

Bill tells the story of a young Bill Shakespeare, who is imagined here as a failed lute player who gets kicked out of his band, “Mortal Coil”. Frustrated by the lack of appreciation for his talents in Stratford he heads off to “That London” in search of fame and fortune.

It’s not long before he ends up embroiled in royal plots, religious conspiracies, and betrayals.

In Bill, the cast do what they always do so brilliantly, each playing multiple roles to perfection, though each also has a main character. There’s a great chemistry between Mathew Baynton’s Shakespeare and Jim Howick’s Christopher Marlowe, especially when it comes to discussions on the finer points of comedy. Laurence Rickard is hilarious as Francis Walsingham, who takes his undercover work very seriously! Martha Howe-Douglas is Bill’s long suffering wife Anne; Ben Willbond is the delightfully devious King Philip II of Spain, and Simon Farnaby is the gullible and dim witted Earl of Croydon…. or is it Crawley?

This film is jam packed with Shakespeare, Marlowe, and even Monty Python references. There’s even the odd joke thrown in for the adults in the audience.

Some highlights in no particular order:

  1. Southampton’s hair – It’s fabulous!
  2. Croydon searching for an occupation – one for the grown ups
  3. The chatty guard
  4. Walsingham in general
  5. Queen Elizabeth’s ladies in waiting making suggestions for court entertainment – another for the adults
  6. The device for making people talk

Bill is definitely worth seeing if you are looking for a light-hearted romp that you wont be embarrassed to watch with the family. That’s what this team do so beautifully, they excel at making comedy that has a pretty much universal appeal. There’s something for almost all ages in Bill. Well worth a watch.

Below is the official trailer for the film.


The Darkness Within – Now On Youtube

Just to let you all know, the episode of The Wicked Library featuring my story The Darkness Within, is now also available on YouTube as well as on iTunes and for android. Artwork for the story is by Jeanette Andromeda

The Haunted Chamber and Other Stories -Now Available for Pre-Order

I’m very pleased to announce that The Haunted Chamber and Other Stories is now available to pre order. The book will be released on October 31st. Just click here or on the image below to check it out.

The Haunted Chamber and Other Stories Cover

The Haunted Chamber and Other Stories

From the author of ‘A Spirited Evening and Other Stories’, six more Victorian inspired, tales of the supernatural.

The Haunted Chamber and Other Stories evokes the candlelit drawing rooms of the 19th Century. Enter a world where shadows live and the veil between life and death is thin. Be transported back to the era of the classic ghost story. Enter The Haunted Chamber…

The Haunted Chamber
The Inn by the Crossroads
Sir Henry’s Folly
The Crying Ghost
Lifting the Veil

The Wicked Library

The Darkness Within

The Darkness Within by K.B Goddard on The Wicked Library. Artwork by Jeanette Andromeda of

I’m very excited to announce that one of my stories, The Darkness Within, is now available to listen to on The Wicked Library podcast. The episode includes an interview with yours truly at the end. I hope you all enjoy it. As always comments and questions are welcome. The amazing artwork for this story is by the amazing Jeanette Andromeda, Be sure to check out her other work.