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

Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators

  • TV comedy drama
  • BBC One
  • 2018 - 2022
  • 40 episodes (4 series)

Comedy drama about an oddball pair of private detectives. Stars Mark Benton, Jo Joyner, Patrick Walshe McBride, Amber Aga, Tomos Eames and more.

  • Series 1, Episode 1 repeated Wednesday 3rd July at 9pm on Drama
  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 2,861

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Series 2, Episode 3 - This Cursed Hand

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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 19th February 2020 2:15pm BBC1
Saturday 15th May 2021 8:00pm Drama
Saturday 17th September 2022 8:00pm Drama
Thursday 18th May 2023 9:00pm Drama
Thursday 7th September 2023 8:00pm Drama

Cast & crew

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
Fiona Black Line Producer
Neil Irvine Script Producer
Stephen Killick Editor
Nick Turner Production Designer
John Cannon Casting Director
Rachelle Williams-Parker Casting Director
Claire Collins Costume Designer
Helen Smith Make-up Designer
Debbie Wiseman Composer
Joe May Director of Photography
James Mountain 1st Assistant Director

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