Shakespeare and Hathaway Season 4: Premiere Date & Where to Watch

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If you’ve been watching the past three seasons of Shakespeare and Hathaway, you probably want to know: When does Season 4 of Shakespeare and Hathaway premiere?

Shakespeare and Hathaway stars Mark Benton as disgraced police officer-turned private detective, with Jo Joyner as PI Luella Shakespeare. The duo met while Luella was investigating her untrustworthy fiance, and they’ve been partners ever since. 

When Does Series 4 of Shakespeare and Hathaway  Air & Where Can I Watch It?

Shakespeare and Hathaway Season 4 Premiere Date
Shakespeare and Hathaway – When does Season 4 premiere?

Shakespeare and Hathaway was one of the BBC’s best-performing daytime television shows in years. In fact, it became the best-performing BBC daytime content in iPlayer (BBC’s streaming service for UK viewers). 

After series 2 finished airing, the series was renewed for another two seasons. 

Shakespeare and Hathaway season 3 originally premiered on BBC One in February 2020. Fans in the USA had to wait a bit longer, but you can now stream Shakespeare and Hathaway series 3 on BritBox in the United States.

The COVID-19 pandemic affected countless television and movie productions. Many series couldn’t start filming or had to stop when the lockdowns occurred. 

Fortunately, we do have some indication of when to expect Shakespeare and Hathaway season 4. 

The fourth season of 10 episodes has been commissioned for broadcast in 2021. This is when the show will begin airing on the BBC. Fans in the US will have to wait until the series is released on a streaming service. Though not yet officially confirmed, we strongly suspect it will appear on BritBox alongside the other seasons.

Season 3 premiered on BritBox roughly eight months after airing on the BBC. Though past seasons have premiered in February, it seems highly unlikely we'll see this one so early in the year. The pandemic has shaken up everyone's schedule, and we know Jo Joyner and Mark Benton have also been filming other projects (Ackley Bridge and The Syndicate, respectively). 

Given the success of Shakespeare and Hathaway, we can hope BritBox brings season 4 to the US as soon as they can. 

What’s Happening in Season 4 of Shakespeare and Hathaway? 

Shakespeare and Hathaway with Assistant Sebastian
(L-R) Jo Joyner as Luella Shakespeare, Patrick Walshe McBride as Sebastian Brudenell, and Mark Benton as Frank Hathaway

Shakespeare and Hathaway is mostly set in the market town of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire. If you’re curious about the area or just missing trips outside the house, we recommend a Google walk around Stratford-upon-Avon. It’s fun and easy to do – just click HERE. It works best on a desktop or laptop computer (though it's not impossible to look around on your phone or tablet).

The link will put you in the middle of town, and you can use your computer and mouse to “walk” the streets. You can even go inside some buildings. It’s not the same as being there, of course, but it’s a great way to see the area.

So far, the details of season 4 plotlines have been limited. Shakespeare and Hathaway is episodic in nature, so it’s unlikely we’ll see any big shakeups. After series 3, viewers have been wondering if there are any romantic feelings between the private detectives or if they’re just close friends. Hopefully, season 4 will explore that area. 

The main cast is set to return – Joy Joyner as Luella Shakespeare, Mark Benton as Frank Hathaway, and Patrick Walsh McBride as Sebastian Brudenell, the detective agencies only employee who is their receptionist and undercover agent. 

There's been no word on guest stars yet, but past seasons have included Jim Moir, Ted Robbins, Josette Simon, David Schofield, Roberta Taylor, Madhav Sharma, Josie Lawrence, and Tamzin Outhwaite. 

We’ll update the post when we have more information, but Shakespeare and Hathaway fans have a lot to look forward to. 

Will You Be Watching Season 4 of  Shakespeare and Hathaway?

Will you be tuning in for season 4 of this quirky, cosy mystery? Are you hoping the relationship between Shakespeare and Hathaway will become romantic? Let us know in the comments!



  1. Really enjoyed the 1st 3 Seasons. Can’t wait to see #4. Hope everyone returns, this means you, Sebastian.😊 know future career important but a part of the characters that make the show. Ready for the investigations to start again. Not sure about the romantic twist, would need more thinking about that

  2. We heard a rumor that Sebastian wouldn’t be back in the next series, and the arc of the plot in the last episode seemed headed that way until the final seconds. He is so integral to the show, I don’t know how they’d replace him. I hope he does return, but wouldn’t begrudge him moving on to new opportunities.

  3. Love this show. I’m looking forward to more. Although I love all the characters, Sebastian is my favorite. It was great when they started putting him undercover.

  4. Shakespeare & Hathaway is one of my very favorite series. Will definitely be waiting for Season 4!! And hope there will be more after that!!

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