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.

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Series 2, Episode 5 - No More Cakes And Ale

Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators. Image shows from L to R: Luella Shakespeare (Jo Joyner), Frank Hathaway (Mark Benton), Portia Montgomery (Remy Beasley), Rupert Shylock (Alex Caan)
In a race against the clock, Frank and Lu must track down a vital witness in a crown court trial.

Further details

Late one night at Touchstone Farm, farmer Eddie Dogberry's violently assaulted when he accosts three thieves attempting to steal his quad bike. The thieves leave Eddie for dead, witnessed by bag lady, Cynthia Sly, concealed in a haystack...

Six months later Portia Montgomery, Solicitor Advocate, visits Frank and Lu with a plea for help. She's defending Ant Donohue in court for burglary and assault of Eddie Dogberry. Portia suspects Ant's being threatened on remand in prison, but he previously told the police there was a witness there that night who can prove his innocence.

Frank visits Ant, who insists he doesn't want girlfriend Stacey Lamb at the trial and reluctantly describes the witness he saw. She sounds awfully familiar to Frank. With just three days until the trial, Frank and Lu must track down Cynthia and convince her to give evidence in court, before it's too late...

Broadcast details

Friday 1st March 2019
45 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 21st February 2020 2:15pm BBC1
Saturday 29th May 2021 8:00pm Drama
Friday 18th March 2022 1:45pm BBC1
Saturday 1st October 2022 8:00pm Drama
Thursday 25th May 2023 9:00pm Drama
Thursday 14th 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
Tessa Peake-Jones Cynthia Sly
Remy Beasley Portia Montgomery
Alex Caan Rupert Shylock
Josef Davies Nate Haplin
Josh Harper Ant Donahue
Chloe Harris Stacey Lamb
David Killick Judge Brimble
Denis Lill Eddie Dogberry
Cliff Parisi Dennis Regan
Writing team
Jude Tindall Story Consultant
Paul Matthew Thompson Writer
Production team
Gill Wilkinson Director
Ella Kelly Producer
Will Trotter Executive Producer
Fiona Black Line Producer
Neil Irvine Script Producer
James Hey Editor
Nick Turner Production Designer
John Cannon Casting Director
Stephen Moore Casting Director
Claire Collins Costume Designer
Chris Preston Director of Photography
Helen Smith Make-up Designer
Debbie Wiseman Composer
Bella Merritt 1st Assistant Director

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