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: Luella Shakespeare (Jo Joyner), Frank Hathaway (Mark Benton), Portia Montgomery (Remy Beasley), Rupert Shylock (Alex Caan).

Series 2, Episode 5 - No More Cakes And Ale

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

Cast & crew

Regular cast
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
James Hey Editor
Nick Turner Production Designer
Debbie Wiseman Composer

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