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.

Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators. Image shows from L to R: Alek Hodzic (Kristian Phillips), Anastasia Kusk (Carol Royle), Dimitri Kapel (Adam Wittek).

Series 2, Episode 3 - This Cursed Hand

A missing person's case turns to murder as Frank and Lu investigate the disappearance of an Eastern European oligarch.

Further details

Failed actor Harold Hamworthy has a penchant for mischief and hogging the limelight, but when he absconds with Sebastian's tourists during a Shakespearean ghost walk, something finally upstages him - in the form of a dismembered human hand.

Harold finds himself in hot water when sinister figures Alek and Dimitri try to snatch the hand, but he manages to give them the slip. Meanwhile, Lu and Frank are hired to find missing multimillionaire, Pavel Kusk, by his wife, Anastasia.

Frank has a hunch that Pavel could be in the opulent Hotel Philomel; undercover as a bellboy, Sebastian investigates, to discover Pavel Kusk murdered - and missing a hand. With the two incidents linked, and the violent thugs hunting for Harold, Sebastian and the hand, it's a race against the clock to crack the case - who killed Pavel Kusk, and why?

Broadcast details

Wednesday 27th February 2019
45 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Mark Benton Frank Hathaway
Jo Joyner Luella Shakespeare
Patrick Walshe McBride Sebastian Brudenell
Amber Aga DI Marlowe
Guest cast
Asheq Akhtar Ajay Matharu
David Calder Harold Hamworthy
Paul Moriarty Pavel / Petrov Kusk
Kristian Phillips Alek Hodzic
Carol Royle Anastasia Kusk
Adam Wittek Dimitri Kapel
Writing team
Paul Matthew Thompson Story Consultant
Jude Tindall Story Consultant
David Semple Writer
Production team
Paul Gibson Director
Ella Kelly Producer
Will Trotter Executive Producer
Stephen Killick Editor
Nick Turner Production Designer
Debbie Wiseman Composer

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