The newest daytime detective effort from Will Trotter, creator of Father Brown and The Coroner, throws together the unlikely pair of hardboiled private investigator Frank Hathaway (Mark Benton) with ex-hair dresser and people person turned private investigator trainee, Lu Shakespeare (Jo Joyner). The series, which premieres in the coming week on BBC1, was screened on Day 2 of the 2018 BBC Showcase in Liverpool for possible broadcast on public television stations in the coming year.
Unfortunately, for Frank, going through life out of shape and low on cash is no way to run a business. Lu hires Frank to spy on her fiancé whom she thinks is having an affair. Fortunately, for Lu, it turns out her soon-to-be husband is not cheating on her. The bad news, however, is that he’s not who she thinks he is and he ends up murdered about an hour after the “I Do’s”. With Lu needing a new challenge after she helps Frank solve the murder, the two join forces and form an unlikely detective duo in Stratford-upon-Avon, where low-life criminals seem to go for high crime drama.
Sounding excited about the potential for the new series, Jo Joyner said: “One of the things that I think will appeal about Shakespeare and Hathaway is that there’s a bit of comedy in it, our characters are not perfect. It’s a bit quaint and it doesn’t take itself too seriously.”
Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators looks to be another gem of a series from the mind palace of Trotter, who also heads the BBC Daytime Drama Department. You may not know the name but you certainly have seen his earlier contributions to both a highly successful BBC1 and public television drama output. The Coroner just completed two very popular seasons and Father Brown goes back into production in the coming months for series 7 which will air on public television stations in early 2019.
If all goes to plan, look for Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators to be a part of the public television stations drama schedules in the not-too-distant future.
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