Written by: Nick Houser
Date: May 10, 2019

Shakespeare & Hathaway – Private Investigators features a struggling private investigator Frank Hathaway played by Mark Benton who teams up with an ex-hairdresser and people-person Lu Shakespeare played by Jo Joyner.

Shakespeare & Hathaway – Private Investigators features a struggling private investigator Frank Hathaway played by Mark Benton who teams up with an ex-hairdresser and people-person
Lu Shakespeare played by Jo Joyner.

A new unlikely crime-fighting duo is coming to WOSU TV on Thursday nights. Watch the new British drama Shakespeare & Hathaway – Private Investigators Thursdays at 9pm on WOSU TV.

Private inspector Frank Hathaway has always worked alone. Only Frank isn’t doing so well. He might have a brilliant instinct when it comes to solving crime, but he’s also out of shape and low on cash. Frank needs a partner. Frank needs ex-hairdresser and people-person Lu. He just doesn’t know it yet.

Frank and Lu eventually join forces and form a highly unlikely and hugely entertaining detecting duo. They quickly discover all is not as peaceful as it seems in this pretty theatre town. Vengeful lovers stalk the streets, the mayor is murdered and a magician’s trick fatally misfires.

Frank and Lu must learn to trust each other, especially since their actor-receptionist is far too busy learning his lines. Welcome to the birthplace of the Bard – where fact is stranger than fiction and low life criminals get caught up in deliciously high drama.

Watch a preview of the premiere episode.


Episode Descriptions

O Brave New World | Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 9pm on WOSU TV
Things aren’t looking good for ex-cop Frank Hathaway: his detective agency is in dire financial straits and cases are thin on the ground. So when a sobbing Lu Shakespeare appears in his office, he sees a solution to his cash flow worries.

The Chimes At Midnight | Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 9pm on WOSU TV
When ominous noises on the roof startle Dora Bentley in the middle of the night she panics and calls out for help. Brusque care home owner Penelope Pincott dismisses her concerns – it was only a bad dream and she’s far more concerned with the mysterious power cuts and inexplicable cockroach infestations. Watch preview.

This Promised End | Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 9pm on WOSU TV
Undertaker Peter Quintus leads a quiet and unassuming life with his loving wife Anne. So when he’s visited one morning by two mysterious hitmen who inform him he has just 24 hours to live because of an undisclosed misdemeanour he goes into a tailspin. Mr R. and Mr G. refuse to give details, but assure Peter they will return tomorrow so he must put his affairs in order. Watch preview.

This Rough Magic | Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 9pm on WOSU TV
Old school magician, Lawrence Pross, is in the midst of his grand finale when tragedy strikes and his unlucky volunteer is fatally trapped in his medieval iron maiden. Accused of involuntary manslaughter, Lawrence is reduced to performing cheap tricks to passing tourists. Watch preview.

Toil And Trouble | Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 9pm on WOSU TV
When the Mayor of Arden is discovered murdered in his isolated cottage suspicion falls on local criminal, Billy the Brick Porters, but he’s nowhere to be found. DI Marlowe is straight on to Frank’s case: she knows Frank and Billy have history – where would he go to hide out? Frank is evasive and Marlowe issues a stark warning – hand him in or there will be trouble. Watch preview.

Exit, Pursued By A Bear | Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 9pm on WOSU TV
It’s a slow day in the office for Frank and Lu until a hysterical Sally Balthasar flies into the office in a whirlwind of tears – they have to help her, someone’s threatening her and she simply cannot perform under these conditions. Sally reveals she’s in town staging her new adaptation of Romeo and Juliet but someone’s left a menacing message on her hotel room window. Watch preview.

The Fairest Show Means Most Deceit | Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 9pm on WOSU TV
At the detective agency, Frank is ambushed by larger than life American, Martin, who claims to be Frank’s long lost uncle, but Frank chucks him out the office – he knows a conman when he sees one! Watch preview.

The Chameleon’s Dish | Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 9pm on WOSU TV
Awkward teen, Hamish, is plagued with a recurring dream in which he sees the body of a murdered woman but always wakes up before he can learn anything more. He can’t quite work it out, but he’s pretty sure it’s a premonition – he’s terrified he’s going to do something awful, and he needs Frank and Lu to tail him over the weekend and keep him out of trouble. Watch preview.

The Rascal Cook | Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 9pm on WOSU TV
When a dead rat makes an unwelcome appearance on Hiverna restaurant’s menu on their most important evening, head chef Len Tekler is beyond furious – someone is trying to stop him winning Arden Restaurant of the Year and he wants to know who. He calls in in Frank and Lu, but they’re unable to crack the case before the saboteur strikes again – causing a nasty bout of food poisoning
leading to Hiverna’s closure. Watch preview.

I’ll Met By Moonlight | Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 9pm on WOSU TV
An almighty crash in the middle of the night alarms Lady Tania. On investigation she discovers her rebellious daughter, Mia, is missing along with a precious necklace. Frustrated with her wayward daughter and distraught at the loss of her beloved necklace Lady Bede summons Frank and Lu to her stately home. Watch preview.