Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators
|Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators|
|Created by||Paul Matthew Thompson|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||30|
|Executive producer(s)||Will Trotter|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||BBC Studios|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Picture format||2:1 1080p|
|Original release||26 February 2018 –|
Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators is a British drama mystery television series set in Stratford-upon-Avon, produced by BBC Birmingham. A second series of ten episodes began broadcasting on 25 February 2019.
A third series of ten episodes began broadcasting on 3 February 2020.
Ex-Detective Inspector (DI) Frank Hathaway, now a debt-laden private investigator, meets Luella Shakespeare when she employs him to investigate the fiancé she met online. Hathaway and his assistant Sebastian Brudenell discover that the fiancé is a con man. They report back to Luella, but she is reassured by her fiancé, and the wedding occurs.
When her new husband is killed at the reception, Luella is suspected of murder by local Detective Inspector Christina Marlowe, who had been Frank's junior. Luella is thrown together with Frank and Sebastian to crack the mystery of what has happened, and after her name is cleared, she uses her recovered savings to buy into Frank's business. Frank's only employee is Sebastian Brudenell, a young aspiring RADA-trained actor who uses his skills when undercover investigations are required. He lives above a theatre costumier run by Gloria Fonteyn.
- Jo Joyner as Luella Shakespeare
- Mark Benton as Frank Hathaway
- Patrick Walshe McBride as Sebastian Brudenell
- Amber Agar as Detective Inspector Christina Marlowe (Series 1–2)
- Tomos Eames as Detective Sergeant Joseph Keeler
- Roberta Taylor as Gloria Fonteyn
- Yasmin Kaur Barn as Police Constable Viola Deacon (Series 3)
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||10||26 February 2018||9 March 2018|
|2||10||25 February 2019||8 March 2019|
|3||10||3 February 2020||14 February 2020|
Series 1 (2018)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||1||"O Brave New World"||Piotr Szkopiak||Paul Matthew Thompson and Jude Tindall||26 February 2018|
Three days before her wedding, Luella Shakespeare hires private detective Frank Hathaway to investigate her fiancé, Clive Brenton, whom she believes is having an affair with his secretary, Janice Bardolph. She calls him off the case when she realises that she was mistaken. Frank had not found evidence of an affair, but found out that Clive is using different identities on dating websites. Frank interrupts the wedding, but Luella has the security guards send him away. Shortly after the wedding at a hotel, Clive is stabbed to death with Luella's hairdresser's scissors. Luella is arrested by the police, who release her soon after. She discovers that her savings have been stolen from her bank account. Hathaway and Shakespeare find out that Clive was a bigamist with an accomplice, Janice – who stole Luella's £250,000 that Luella had invested in Clive's company. Luella stops the accomplice from leaving with the money and retrieves it from her. Frank thinks that Janice is the killer, but the police tell her that Janice could not have killed Clive, although they arrest her for her involvement in Clive's bogus business. The investigation returns to the hotel and one of Clive's previous wives, Veronica Vinten – who admits that she killed Clive after finding out that he had faked his death and was marrying Luella. The police arrest Veronica. Frank is in debt, and reluctantly accepts Luella as his partner in his detective agency.Guest star: Nigel Whitmey (Nigel Whitney in credits).
|2||2||"The Chimes at Midnight"||Ian Barber||David Semple||27 February 2018|
Frank and Luella are employed by Penelope Pincott to investigate sabotage at the business she and her husband Owain run, Shady Nooks care home. Sebastien goes undercover as a care assistant. During lunch, when all the staff and residents are in the dining room, Penelope falls to her death from the roof. Suspecting one of the staff or residents of the murder, Frank and Luella have to work out how it was done. Sebastian discovers that the saboteur is a resident, Johnny Falstaff. He does not like living there and was deliberately causing various problems in an attempt to have his son 'rescue' him from the home. Care worker Soozie is also a murder suspect when the investigation reveals that she is attracted to Owain. Frank works out how Penelope's (already dead) body crashed to the ground from the roof when all the home's residents and staff were present in the dining room. The death of a resident exactly a year ago provides a clue – the late resident's son Ian blames Penelope for her death. At the end it is revealed that he became the home's cook six months later and killed Penelope in revenge on the anniversary of his mother's death.Guest star: Timothy West
|3||3||"This Promised End"||Carolina Giammetta||Lol Fletcher||28 February 2018|
|Frank and Luella are employed by funeral director, Peter Quintus, after he is visited by "Mr R" and "Mr G" who say that a criminal organisation has hired them to kill him in 24 hours time. He is told not to involve the police or there will be consequences for his family, and there are two attacks on his wife, Anne. After one of the attacks, Frank finds a photograph relating to an art college that Anne attends. Luella interviews the neighbourhood warden, Melvin Pipkin, who is fond of Anne, and who is later found dead following a hit and run. Sebastian interviews Peter's man-eating ex-wife who had been cheated out of money in her divorce settlement. It is discovered that Peter was violent towards both his wives and that Anne has persuaded two teachers at her college to pretend to be Mr R and Mr G to scare him. Melvin was killed by Peter and the police arrest him. Anne leaves with Mr R, with whom she is in a relationship.|
|4||4||"This Rough Magic"||Carolina Giammetta||Kit Lambert||1 March 2018|
|Frank and Luella are employed by magician, Lawrence Pross and his daughter Maggie after his iron maiden trick kills a woman, wealthy Jill Shiplake, on stage. The Pross' believe rival magician, Anton Dukes, is responsible. The victim was bickering with her husband that night and with the theatre usher. Frank realises the victim might not have been selected at random and suspects the husband Stefan. They find evidence of Stefan's guilt but then realised Stefan and his wife had swapped theatre seats.|
|5||5||"Toil and Trouble"||Piotr Szkopiak||Kit Lambert||2 March 2018|
|The mayor of Arden is found murdered, with a blunt object, after firing a shotgun and Detective Inspector Marlowe's prime suspect is burglar William 'Billy the Brick' Porters, a former informant of Frank's. Billy turns up at Frank who is indebted to him, and Luella's office begging them to prove his innocence. Their investigations lead to the press reporter who found the body, the deputy mayor, a property developer of ancient woods and protesters against the development. Sebastian discovers Billy has a blood-stained T-shirt.|
|6||6||"Exit, Pursued by a Bear"||Ian Barber||Jeff Povey||5 March 2018|
|Frank and Luella are employed by narcissistic former hospital soap star Sally Balthasar after she receives a death threat after planning her comeback by rewriting Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet and playing the female lead. She calls her version Juliet and Romeo, and her character does not die. Her changes to a classic play-offend cast members, the director, the backstage crew, and Shakespeare fans. Things come to a head when Sally is poisoned and unable to continue. The director then reverts to Shakespeare's original play. Frank and Luella watch back episodes of Sally's soap opera and find a link between past and present.|
|7||7||"The Fairest Show Means Most Deceit"||Piotr Szkopiak||Dan Muirden||6 March 2018|
|Frank and Luella are employed by a gift shop owners, Diana and Leon, to investigate an ex-employee, Lola, who is claiming compensation for a workplace injury. The investigation is hampered by Martin Mariner claiming to be Frank's uncle. Frank finds Diana dead in the gift shop, victim of a robbery. Suspicion falls on Leon and then on Mariner who had money covered in Diana's blood and he incriminates Lola's boyfriend Phil, a name linked to Diana's phone. Sebastian goes undercover as a transvestite at a bar and as a gas man at Lola's house.|
|8||8||"The Chameleon's Dish"||Richard Signy||Nicola Wilson||7 March 2018|
|Frank and Luella are employed by troubled 18-year-old Hamish after he has premonitions of murder. They join him at a spiritual retreat run by his mother and stepfather. Staying at the retreat are his ex-girlfriend Lily, his best friend Uzoma and others. Lily's psychoanalyst mother, Polly, had been counselling Hamish and Uzoma at their sixth-form college until she was sacked. She tries to remove her daughter but she refuses to leave. The next day Polly, whose relationship with Uzoma was posted on social media by him, is found dead with Hamish. He remembers nothing, and is arrested by Marlowe. Sebastian goes undercover at the teenagers' college. It is discovered that Hamish was adopted after his mother was murdered by his father when he was four, and Hamish found her dead. The 'premonitions' were his vague memory. His father was using a false identity and married Hamish's mother. He also murdered Polly, to prevent his real identity being discovered; he is arrested by the police.|
|9||9||"The Rascal Cook"||Richard Signy||Kit Lambert||8 March 2018|
|Frank and Luella are employed by owner/chef, Len Tekler, of top restaurant Hiverna after sabotage in the kitchen. Frank suspects an inside job but Tekler suspects food critic Paulina Stainton. Sebastian goes undercover in the kitchen. The restaurant is closed when customers suffer a food poisoning incident. Tekler is murdered by poisoning and Frank and Luella investigate the relationships of Paula Stainton, Tekler's wife Cecillia, his son Milo, waitress Dita Pardy, and ex restaurant partner Trevor Cordiss, and the death of Tekler's brother, Michael who hanged himself 20 years earlier all seemingly connected.|
|10||10||"Ill Met by Moonlight"||Piotr Szkopiak||Kit Lambert||9 March 2018|
|Frank and Luella are employed by Lady Tania Bede when a valuable necklace and her 18-year-old daughter, Mia, go missing. She offers them £10,000 to recover the necklace by that evening. A ransom demand of £50,000 for Mia is made. The investigation reveals Mia's relationship with a man other than her boyfriend, whom she met in the gardens of her home. They find evidence of garden labourer, Lee Sandridge, selling the necklace to a fence that turns out to be a fake. Head gardener Ron Greenvale, having already tendered his resignation, denies he is having an affair with Mia who is less than half his age. A payment of £200 which Mia made to a local private hospital adds to the mystery. Frank and Luella attend Lady Bede's ball that evening with Sebastian undercover to solve the mystery.|
Series 2 (2019)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|11||1||"Outrageous Fortune"||Ian Barber||Jude Tindall||25 February 2019|
|Frank and Luella are employed to find a valuable mongrel dog that has gone missing. The dog, heir to a £320 million fortune since his owner died, lives a pampered lifestyle with numerous staff; staff dependent on the dog because on its death the estate goes to charity. A£200,000 ransom is demanded and Frank and Luella suspect an inside job. The ransom drop goes wrong and the dog, identified by the dog's vet who had despaired at the dog's pampered lifestyle, is found dead.|
|12||2||"The Play's the Thing"||Matt Carter||Dan Muirden||26 February 2019|
|Frank and Luella are employed by Adrian Messenger the writer/manager of a fantasy re-enactment group to follow his wife he suspects is having an affair with another member, Major Tony Suffolk. Posing as members of the group they are present when two members are hit by crossbow bolts, Suffolk and another. Messenger's wife is arrested and Frank and Luella are asked by her husband to prove her innocence. They uncover that Suffolk had broken off the affair with Messenger's wife and his army record is not what it seems.|
|13||3||"This Cursed Hand"||Paul Gibson||David Semple||27 February 2019|
|Frank and Luella are employed by Anastasia Kusk to find her husband, Pavel. Tracing him to a hotel Sebastian finds him dead minus his right hand. Anastasia asks Frank and Luella to continue on the case as her husband had a valuable art collection but all is not who they are and two criminals are also after the hand that has come into the possession of an out of work actor that Sebastian has met to his cost. Events take an odder course when the left hand is cut from the corpse in the Mortuary.|
|14||4||"Beware the Ides of March"||Gill Wilkinson||Rachel Smith||28 February 2019|
|Frank and Luella are employed by Julienne Fortby after she is injured during her TV show, a psychic show she co-hosts with her sister Marcia. She believes her sister involved until she is also injured. Frank believes it is all fake but Sebastian falls under Marcia spell while Frank and Luella investigate a hostile audience member whose husband had died from a stroke and whose son works on the show.|
|15||5||"No More Cakes and Ale"||Gill Wilkinson||Paul Matthew Thompson||1 March 2019|
|Frank and Luella are employed by Portia Montgomery, a solicitor, to find evidence that her client is innocent of a violent assault during a quad bike theft, at a poultry farm, that he was part of. Frank and Luella search for a potential witness, a homeless woman sleeping rough at the farm at the time of the theft. The witness turns out to be Portia's estranged mother and her client's girlfriend turns against him and a poultry distributor begins making threats.|
|16||6||"The Offered Fallacy"||Ian Barber||Kit Lambert||4 March 2019|
|Frank and Luella find themselves victims of lookalike imposters and are arrested by Marlowe and Keeler after £30,000 is stolen from an elderly lady. Out on bail they discover the imposters are out of work actors employed by someone who has hacked their computers. Using Sebastien's acting skills and computer nerd Spider they lay a trap that backfires leaving Frank to look for someone looking for revenge.|
|17||7||"Nothing Will Come of Nothing"||Matt Carter||Lol Fletcher||5 March 2019|
|Frank and Luella are employed by Ava Foyle to find her missing husband, Lorenzo, who has many debts especially to the casino where Ava works owned by two sisters, Rose and Queenie. Frank and Luella investigate the casino and discover Lorenzo had affairs with one sister, Queenie, and a casino player, Lady Chaucer. Luella finds she has a talent for Poker and wins a memory stick from a thief. Frank finds himself in a deadly game of roulette, with Rose, that will cost him his life if he loses the spin of the wheel.|
|18||8||"In My Memory Lock'd"||Darcia Martin||Dominique Moloney||6 March 2019|
|Frank and Luella are on surveillance when a man suffering from amnesia stumbles across their car. The man has no identification; only an expensive watch and a locker key. With Gloria's help they get a clue that takes them to the Duke Vincent hotel where they discover evidence that he stayed there as a guest and worked as the hotel gardener but the staff deny all knowledge of him. As more of the man's memory returns it is apparent that he had propositioned the young receptionist whose mother is the manager of the hotel.|
|19||9||"The Envious Court"||Paul Gibson||Kit Lambert||7 March 2019|
|Frank and Luella are employed by the owner, Frederick Greenwood, of exclusive tennis club Runningbrook who has received a death threat. Luella's mother, Genevieve, is the club's social secretary and romantically linked with Greenwood. The death threat turns to a blackmail demand after the head tennis player, romantically linked with Greenwood's grand-daughter is poisoned with Aconite. Greenwood has to borrow the blackmail demand from Luella's mother arousing Luella's suspicions that the poisoning and blackmail are linked.|
|20||10||"Too Cold For Hell"||Darcia Martin||Jude Tindall||8 March 2019|
|Frank and Luella are employed by Bianca and Anthony Percy; a young couple who had their furniture stolen by a bogus removal company. Tracking down the conmen to their lock-up they discover one of them shot dead and the other Billy Porter in their office. All the furniture is recovered except for a statue of an angel containing the ashes of Bianca's grandmother; mother of underworld crime boss Claude Mortimer. Mortimer captures Frank, Porter, and sergeant Keeler and puts them in a container destined to be lost at sea. Together Luella and Inspector Marlowe search for their respective partners and past secrets are revealed.|
Series 3 (2020)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|21||1||"How the Rogue Roar'd"||Jennie Paddon||Matthew Cooke and Vincent Lund||3 February 2020|
|Frank and Luella are employed by Henrietta Bolingbroke to close down an old bingo hall she wishes to redevelop. Frank is upset to find an old nemesis, Eddie Monmouth, he imprisoned eight years previously for violent crimes working at the hall. He claims he is a reformed character alone after his wife left him and an estranged daughter he cannot find. When the owner Lucky Green is found dead Frank suspects Monmouth who unexpectedly confesses to the murder. When they find the murder weapon at the home of an elderly bingo player their attention turns to JJ the bingo caller and Megan Poins the assistant manager and a missing contract signing over the hall to Bolingbroke.|
|22||2||"See Thyself, Devil!"||John Greening||Ed Sellek||4 February 2020|
|Frank and Luella are employed by Tony King, lead singer of the heavy metal rock band Caliban's Claw. King intent on making a comeback believes the Devil is trying to kill him. Years before the band had made a pact with the Devil for success which they had until a fateful coach crash killed one of the band, Ricky Cornwall, who was the fiancé of Gloria Fonteyn. The band fell apart and disbanded a second member, Bushy, dying a few years later. When the third member dies in front of Frank and Luella, fleeing from the Devil, leaving King the only member alive. Frank and Luella delve back to the fateful crash and the survivors which included Gloria and Bushy's baby son.|
|23||3||"The Sticking Place"||Miranda Howard-Williams||Johanne McAndrew||5 February 2020|
|Frank and Luella are employed by allotment holders threatened with eviction by Lady Mortimer after coming under the influence of Gerald Fitzallan following her husband's death. Fitzallan is poisoned and Keeler arrests allotment holder Dolly who is a biochemist. To prove her innocence Frank and Luella delve into the backgrounds of Lady Mortimer and Fitzallan and discover their links to a London bullion robbery and missing gold.|
|24||4||"A Serpent's Tooth"||Miranda Howard-Williams||Ishy Din||6 February 2020|
|Frank and Luella are employed by the mother of Haroon Malik and his friend Poonam Raja who was killed, crushed by fallen carpets, in a carpet warehouse owned by Poonam's father who she has been estranged from leaving her two sisters, Parthi and Pia Raja, to run the business due to his dementia. Frank and Luella uncover a failing business closing its stores and selling carpets to a rival business confirmed by undercover work by Sebastian and Poonam. Frank and Luella find a notebook with a verse addressed to one of the three sisters as P that makes them think the death was a crime of passion.|
|25||5||"The Fury Spent"||Jennie Paddon||Kitty Percy||7 February 2020|
|Frank and Luella are employed by Sir Tim Forbes-Allen to find the missing curator, Lucian Shaw, of his new Shakespeare museum fearing he had been kidnapped. The museum had been beset by female protestors, The Herstorians, angry at Forbes-Allen policy towards women in history. Frank and Luella find Shaw tied up in the basement when they receive news that Forbes-Allen has been murdered. Shaw employs them to find a love letter from the victim and a note from the letter holder and a cheque, in payment for finding Shaw, from Lady Forbes-Allen provides a link to the murderer.|
|26||6||"Reputation, Reputation, Reputation!"||Piotr Szkopiak||Daisy Martey||10 February 2020|
|Frank and Luella are employed by self-obsessed Odette Dixon to investigate a fire at her hair salon that left her employee, Joelle, in a fatal coma. She suspects her rival salon owner Isobel Harris whom she accuses of previous attempts to damage her business. Luella knows both Dixon and Harris from the time she owned her own salon and takes Frank and Sebastian into the cut throat world of hairdressing and together they uncover the tangled relationships that enabled Joelle to blackmail staff at both salons.|
|27||7||"Best Beware My Sting"||Paul Gibson||Dominique Moloney||11 February 2020|
|Frank and Luella are employed by Gordon Minola to investigate threats against him and his company Minola Energy by green activists known as Mortal Coil led by Curtis Price. Minola's daughter, Kate, is a member of Mortal Coils and her father is keeping her at home a virtual prisoner because his other daughter, Bianca, will marry the wealthy Lucas De Boulay. Leaving the wedding Bianca and Lucas are kidnapped and Minola receives a ransom demand for £2 million. Somehow Bianca escapes claiming Curtis murdered, by stabbing, her husband and Keeler arrests Curtis after finding his fingerprints on the murder weapon. Kate pleads with Frank and Luella to prove Curtis is innocent.|
|28||8||"All That Glisters"||John Greening||Rob Kinsman||12 February 2020|
|Frank and Luella are employed by Emilia Belmont to investigate the death of her mother Leah, when she was a child, in a car accident she holds her estranged father responsible for. Her father is part of a group of uncooperative cryptic crossword compilers who had been searching unsuccessfully over the years for a fortune using cryptic postcard clues left by Leah who despised the group. When Emilia's father is found dead in a park by a memorial bench to Leah, Emilia calls a halt to the investigation. Frank and Luella carry on and solve the clues leading to a pawn shop and Emilia is confronted by an uncomfortable truth from the past and present.|
|29||9||"O Thou Invisible Spirit of Wine"||Piotr Szkopiak||Oliver Frampton||13 February 2020|
|Frank and Luella are employed by Melanie Montague, lessee of The Barchester Arms, to find a stolen photograph of Old Lil who is purported to haunt the pub since she was murdered 120 years ago. The investigation is hampered by ghost hunter Penelope Lawrence trying to prove the ghost's existence. Time is of the essence as the pub's lease, renewed every thirty years, is up for renewal or the pub reverts to the Capulet family (something family head Stephen Capulet is keen to see happen). Frank and Luella discover a diary revealing the photograph contains proof of pub ownership. Lawrence is murdered as she leaves an answerphone message to Frank and Luella admitting she had stolen the photograph.|
|30||10||"Teach Me, Dear Creature"||Paul Gibson||Dan Muirden||14 February 2020|
|Frank and Luella are employed by Jessica Duke to check her son, Charlie, is not in any trouble and gives them access to her computer that has tracking software to her son's phone. Charlie like his sister Isabella is expected to go to Oxford University after taking specialist teaching at the Syracusetution Centre. Frank and Luella suspect an affair between Charlie and one of the tutors, Cassie Dorcas. Dorcas is later found murdered and the case takes a new turn towards fraud and leaked examination papers and the centre's top tutor Amit Aziz who Dorcas disliked and how far the Duke family would go to protect each other. Sebastian realises his dream to appear on stage at Stratford.|
Series 4 (2021)
A fourth series of ten episodes, has been commissioned for broadcast in 2021.
In Australia the first series began airing on ABC on 8 June 2018. The first series began airing on PBS in the US on 12 January 2019. In Italy, the series began airing on RAI 2 from 4 August 2019. In Germany series 1 started 5 April 2019 on ZDFneo. Series 2 is running from 12 June 2020 onwards, again on ZDFneo. 
In a review of the first episode The Daily Telegraph called it "a nice, cosy drama" but found "plenty to dislike" about it, criticising in particular what it saw as an abundance of cliches, the character of Sebastian and the "crassness" of using the last names of William Shakespeare and his wife, Anne Hathaway, as the names of the detectives, and as the title of the series. The review stated, however, that daytime television, where the series airs in the UK, "is not really the place for complexity or grit". It also found that "the first episode of Shakespeare & Hathaway did at least set up two leading characters you’d want to see more of", and praised Benton and Joyner for their performances.
The Sunday Express found the programme "difficult to fault[...] well acted, nicely written – with decent jokes – and beautifully shot around Stratford". It compared the show favourably with other, grittier fare on offer in television drama schedules.
Reviewing the first episode of the second series in 2019, i newspaper praised the "easy chemistry" of Joyner and Benton, as well as "a strong supporting cast [that] includes nice turns from Roberta Taylor and Patrick Walshe McBride in particular". Overall, it says, "this is drama with the ham in the oven and turned up to ten. And yet somehow, it actually works". Paying special attention to the writing of creators Jude Tindall and Paul Matthew Thompson, it goes on to say that "the real appeal of this show lies in a gentle if arch charm, decent plots and a sense that if we're going to spend time in territory adjacent to Midsomer Murders, then you might as well have fun with it".
|Series||UK release date||Notes|
|Series 1||23 April 2018||Disc One:|
Episode 1 – O Brave New World
Episode 2 – The Chimes at Midnight
Episode 3 – This Promised End
Episode 4 – This Rough Magic
Episode 5 – Toil and Trouble
Episode 6 – Exit, Pursued by a Bear
Episode 7 – The Fairest Show Means Most Deceit
Episode 8 – The Chameleon's Dish
Episode 9 – The Rascal Cook
Episode 10 – Ill Met by Moonlight
|Series 2||25 March 2019|
|Series 3||23 March 2020|
A Region B-locked Blu-ray of Series 1 was released in March 2019 and Series 2 was released on both DVD and Blu-ray in the UK in April 2019.
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