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Written by: Nick Houser
Date: August 7, 2019

Jo Joyner stars as Lu Shakespeare along side Mark Benton as Frank Hathaway in the second season of Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators.

Jo Joyner stars as Lu Shakespeare along side Mark Benton as Frank Hathaway in the second season of Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators.


The unlikely detective duo return in this quirky crime drama, packed with corpses, comedy and cracking mysteries.

Frank and Lu are not alike. Frank, played by Mark Benton, is a talented and decidedly grumpy detective, with great gut instincts. Lu, played by Jo Joyner, is an ex-hairdresser with masses of charm and a keen sense of trouble. The two shouldn’t work together yet, somehow, they do.

The highly unlikely and hugely entertaining detective duo are back on the case. They’re working in StratfordUpon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. The streets are picturesque, thronging with tourists – and positively crammed with cunning criminals, tricksters and fraudsters.

Watch Shakespeare & Hathaway – Private Investigators Thursdays at 9pm on WOSU TV.

Episode Descriptions

Outrageous Fortune | Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 9pm on WOSU TV
Lawyer George Gonzalo seeks out Frank and Lu to help a client with a difference – he’s got four paw and is worth his weight in gold. Mongrel Tim, heir to the late Theodore Athenaeus’ vast shipping fortune, has run away from his life of luxury at the opulent Miranda Park. With the promise of a £25,000 reward for his safe recovery, Frank and Lu vow to suss out where, and why, Tim would flee.

Watch a preview of the season premiere.


The Play’s the Thing | Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 9pm on WOSU TV
Adrian Messenger, creator of The Legends of Engelworld, successfully controls the loves and lives of his LARP characters, but struggles with his own; he suspects wife Maggie, aka Queen Margaret, of having an affair with the Duke of Yorcastria, aka Major Tony Suffolk, and employs Frank and Lu to find proof. Watch Preview

This Cursed Hand | Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 9pm on WOSU TV
Failed actor Harold Hamworthy has a penchant for mischief and hogging the limelight, but when he absconds with Sebastian’s tourists during a Shakespearean ghost walk, something finally upstages him – in the form of a dismembered human hand. Harold finds himself in hot water when sinister figures Alek and Dimitri try to snatch the hand, but he manages to give them the slip. Watch Preview

Beware the Ides of March | Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 9pm on WOSU TV
When a falling studio light nearly kills Julienne Fortby live on air during psychic TV show, The Fortby Sisters, the horrified psychic visits Frank and Lu – someone’s trying to kill her. Frank’s sceptical of the medium, although Lu’s impressed when Julienne gets a “message” from her late grandmother. Watch Preview

No More Cakes and Ale | Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 9pm on WOSU TV
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… 6 months later Portia Montgomery, Solicitor Advocate, visits Frank and Lu with a plea for help. Watch Preview

The Offered Fallacy | Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 9pm on WOSU TV
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. Watch Preview

Nothing Will Come of Nothing | Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 9pm on WOSU TV
Devastatingly handsome compulsive gambler Lorenzo Foyle’s luck may have run out – watching a spinning roulette wheel land on black, he manically laughs that he’s a dead man. Three days later, Lorenzo’s pregnant wife, Ava, approaches Frank and Lu, desperate to find him. Frank wonders whether Lorenzo, who owes money all over town, has left her, but Ava’s adamant he was excited at the prospect of fatherhood. Watch Preview

In My Memory Lock’d | Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 9pm on WOSU TV
Bored during a stake-out, Frank and Lu spot a befuddled-looking man with a head wound wandering the streets; when questioned, the man hasn’t a clue who he is. When DI Marlowe can’t offer much help, Frank and Lu set out to discover his identity. Watch Preview

The Envious Court | Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 9pm on WOSU TV
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.

Too Cold For Hell | Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 9pm on WOSU TV
Newlyweds Anthony and Bianca Percy’s new home dreams turn to nightmares on moving day when their removal men abscond with all their worldly goods. Frank and Lu are hired to track down the felons who’ve been giving Arden Constabulary the run around and operating under a variety of aliases.