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.


The lead characters are named in reference to William Shakespeare and his wife Anne Hathaway. The series is set in Stratford-upon-Avon, where the playwright and his wife lived. A number of other characters' surnames in the TV series reference Shakespeare's work too, as do the show's episode titles.

When Mark Benton joined the show he said: "As soon as I read the script I knew I wanted to play Frank Hathaway; he's a chaotic and old fashioned but lovable detective. Frank and Lu are a real odd couple but they quickly become the perfect duo in an action packed, fun-filled drama. I can't wait to get my teeth stuck into this role."

Before filming started, Jo Joyner said: "I'm really looking forward to playing Lu Shakespeare. She's quick witted, inquisitive, warm and friendly - people tend to open up to her and she's ready for a new adventure. Becoming a private investigator looks to be the perfect place to use her skills for the greater good. I'm thrilled to be working with the fantastic Mark Benton and I think viewers are going to really enjoy watching the two characters rub along together."