Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators. Image shows from L to R: Frank Hathaway (Mark Benton), Luella Shakespeare (Jo Joyner). Copyright: BBC.

Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators

BBC One comedy drama about two detectives. 30 episodes (3 series), 2018 - 2020. Stars Mark Benton, Jo Joyner, Patrick Walshe McBride, Amber Aga and others.

Another series is in development.
Series 2, Episode 6 is repeated on Monday at 2:15pm.

Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators. Image shows from L to R: Luella Shakespeare (Jo Joyner), Sebastian Brudenell (Patrick Walshe McBride), Frank Hathaway (Mark Benton). Copyright: BBC.

Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators

Comedy drama about an oddball pair of private detectives

Comedy Drama
2018 - 2020
30   (3 series)
Paul Matthew Thompson and Jude Tindall
Mark Benton, Jo Joyner, Patrick Walshe McBride, Amber Aga, Tomos Eames, Roberta Taylor and Yasmin Kaur Barn
Jude Tindall and Kit Lambert
Piotr Szkopiak and Ian Barber
Ella Kelly and Caroline Slater

A comedy drama about an oddball couple of private detectives who investigate crime in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The series observes as Frank Hathaway, a hardboiled private investigator, and his rookie sidekick, Lu Shakespeare, form the unlikeliest of partnerships as they investigate the secrets of rural Warwickshire's residents.

Beneath the picturesque charm lies a hotbed of mystery and intrigue: extramarital affairs, celebrity stalkers, missing police informants, care home saboteurs, rural rednecks and murderous magicians, embezzling accountants and abducted au pairs, blackmail, comp claims and custody cases, all-night stake-outs and professional hits. Our odd couple of detectives will put the world to rights as they snoop and pry. They disagree on almost everything, yet somehow, together, they make a surprisingly effective team. Although they would never admit it.

Production Details

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Also known as
  • Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators (Other official name)
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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 26th February 2018 on BBC One at 2:15pm
Last new broadcast
Friday 14th February 2020 on BBC One at 2:15pm
Length of episodes
45 minutes
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 2 Episode 6: Monday at 2:15pm on BBC1
  2. Series 2 Episode 7: Tuesday at 2:15pm on BBC1
  3. Series 2 Episode 8: Wednesday at 2:15pm on BBC1
  4. Series 2 Episode 9: Thursday at 2:15pm on BBC1
  5. Series 2 Episode 10: Friday 28th February at 2:15pm on BBC1

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