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Ovation TV has announced the network’s debut dates for all four season of the hit British mystery series Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators.

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Shakespeare & Hathaway: Mark Benton as Frank Hathaway, Jo Joyner as Lu Shakespeare — Photo credit: Mark Bourdillon | Copyright BBC 2017 | Courtesy of Ovation TV

Created by Paul Matthew Thompson (Ridley, Vera) and Jude Tindall (Sister Boniface Mysteries, Father Brown), Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators stars Mark Benton (Waterloo Road) and Jo Joyner (EastEnders) as Frank Hathaway and Luella “Lu” Shakespeare. Frank is a hard-boiled ex-cop-turned-private investigator with his own not-so-thriving business, and Lu is a cheerful hairdresser-turned-Frank’s rookie sidekick-turned-business partner. This unlikely pair are quite an effective mystery-solving team, as they investigate a wide range of situations — from extramarital affairs and abducted au pairs, to murderous magicians and more — in Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwickshire.

The four-season series kicks off its run on Ovation TV’s Mystery Alley programming destination with two back-to-back episodes on Saturday, June 24, at 7 PM and 8 PM ET.

Season 1

  • Episode 1 — “O Brave New World” (June 24, 7 PM) — Frank Hathaway finds an unlikely partner in Lu Shakespeare.
  • Episode 2 — The Chimes at Midnight” (June 24, 8 PM) — A stressed care home owner falls to her death.
  • Episode 3 — “This Promised End” (July 1, 7 PM) — Frank and Lu race against the clock when an undertaker is given only 24 hours to live.
  • Episode 4 — “This Rough Magic” (July 1, 8 PM) — Frank and Lu investigate mysterious goings-on when a woman dies in a magic trick.
  • Episode 5 — “Toil and Trouble” (July 8, 7 PM) — Lu and Frank try to exonerate local criminal Billy when the local mayor is murdered.
  • Episode 6 — “Exit, Pursued by a Bear” (July 8, 8 PM) — Frank and Lu investigate death threats made against a former soap star.
  • Episode 7 — “The Fairest Show Means Most Deceit” (July 15, 7 PM) — A workplace compensation claim is not as straightforward as it first seems.
  • Episode 8 — “The Chameleon’s Dish” (July 15, 8 PM) — Frank and Lu must recover a precious jewel and a rebellious teenager before midnight.
  • Episode 9 — “The Rascal Cook” (July 22, 7 PM) — Frank and Lu feel the heat when they investigate a campaign of culinary sabotage.
  • Episode 10 — “I’ll Met by Moonlight” (July 22, 8 PM) — Frank and Lu try to protect a teen who suffers from nightmarish premonitions of murder.

Season 2

  • Episode 1 — “Outrageous Fortune” (July 29, 7 PM) — Frank and Lu are tasked with tracking down a pampered pet.
  • Episode 2 — “The Play’s The Thing” (July 29, 8 PM) — Lu and Frank must clear the Queen’s name when a live-action role-playing (LARP) battle in the woods goes wrong.
  • Episode 3 — “This Cursed Hand” (August 5, 7 PM) — Frank and Lu investigate the disappearance of an eastern European oligarch.
  • Episode 4 — “Beware the Ides of March” (August 5, 8 PM) — Frank and Lu investigate a series of deadly “accidents” on a TV program.
  • Episode 5 — “No More Cakes and Ale” (August 12, 7 PM) — Frank and Lu must track down a vital witness in a crown court trial.
  • Episode 6 — “The Offered Fallacy” (August 12, 8 PM) — Frank and Lu are framed for various crimes by some mysterious doppelgangers.
  • Episode 7 — “Nothing Will Come of Nothing” (August 19, 7 PM) — Frank and Lu investigate a casino where gambling is a matter of life or death.
  • Episode 8 — “In My Memory Lock’d” (August 19, 8 PM) — When an amnesiac wanders into their lives, Frank and Lu must deduce what happened to him.
  • Episode 9  — “The Envious Court” (August 26, 7 PM) — Frank and Lu investigate a death threat at an exclusive tennis club.
  • Episode 10 — “Too Cold for Hell” (August 26, 8 PM) — Frank and Lu make some unlikely allies when they encounter a pair of deadly gangsters.

The sleuthing continues this fall when Season 3 of Shakespeare & Hathaway starts with two back-to-back episodes on Saturday, September 2, at 7 PM and 8 PM ET, followed by Season 4 on Saturday, October 7.


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Shakespeare & Hathaway: Ovation TV Sets Dates for Hit Mystery Series’ Four Seasons