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), Phil Sirkin (Victor McGuire), Roamy Cusack (Rebecca Gethings).

Series 2, Episode 6 - The Offered Fallacy

Frank and Lu must clear their names when they are framed for various crimes by some mysterious doppelgangers.

Further details

Arden Constabulary's inundated with complaints about con-artists doing the rounds - and there's something familiar about the duo. At HQ, Frank and Lu haven't had any new clients in over a week, although Sebastian's inundated with complaints.

Relieved to finally have a client, Frank and Lu visit Emelia Merchant about her missing husband, but she seems to think they've met before... After being turfed out by angry son Ian Merchant, Frank and Lu return to HQ to a furious mob of clients they've never seen demanding their money back, and DI Marlowe waiting with a smug DS Keeler to arrest them on an extensive list of charges, including a theft of £30k.

After a sleepless night in the cells, Frank and Lu set out to prove they're being framed by their mysterious doppelgangers... can the PIs clear their names?

Broadcast details

Monday 4th 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
Tomos Eames DS Keeler
Guest cast
Darren Evans Spider
James Barriscale Ian/Dave Merchant
Rebecca Gethings Roamy Cusack
Rita May Emilia Merchant
Victor McGuire Phil Sirkin
Robin Weaver Angela Goldsmith
Writing team
Kit Lambert Writer
Paul Matthew Thompson Story Consultant
Jude Tindall Story Consultant
Production team
Ian Barber Director
Ella Kelly Producer
Will Trotter Executive Producer
Alex Kalmakrian Editor
Nick Turner Production Designer
Debbie Wiseman Composer

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