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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 9 - The Envious Court

Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators. Image shows from L to R: Genevieve Shakespeare (Julia Deakin), Frederick Greenwood (Simon Shepherd), Luella Shakespeare (Jo Joyner)
Frank and Lu investigate a death threat at Runningbrook, an exclusive tennis club which hides a toxic threat.

Further details

When Runningbrook Tennis Club's owner Frederick Greenwood, new beau of Lu's mother Genevieve, receives a death threat, he hires Frank and a reluctant Lu to find the culprit and go undercover as potential new members. Lu, preoccupied with revision for her impending PI exam, takes an immediate dislike to Frederick.

With staff security codes incriminating surly gardener Adam Oldknow, bitter ex-tennis pro Rose Lin, and ladies' man club captain Orlan Rowlands, our detectives have their work cut out for them. But when the club's mascot costume is found stabbed with a ransom note demanding £100,000, and Orlan is poisoned during the club's Battle of the Sexes match, the case takes a turn for the deadly.

Will the blackmailer be discovered, and at what cost for Lu? Will she make her exam in time and finally qualify as a PI?

Broadcast details

Thursday 7th March 2019
45 minutes

Cast & crew

Mark Benton Frank Hathaway
Jo Joyner Luella Shakespeare
Patrick Walshe McBride Sebastian Brudenell
Amber Aga DI Marlowe
Guest cast
Julia Deakin Genevieve Shakespeare
Mike Grady Adam Oldknow
Looby Mills Celia Greenwood
Jemma Moore Rose Lin
Julian Moore-Cooke Orland Rowlands
Simon Shepherd Frederick Greenwood
Writing team
Kit Lambert Writer
Paul Matthew Thompson Story Consultant
Jude Tindall Story Consultant
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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