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. I Love this. No romance for Shakespeare and Hathaway – at least with each other. Sebastian is WONDERFUL Maybe add a couple more characters and/or enlarge parts of Sebastian’s landlady and police woman. I liked the character who found the hand and kept stealing Sebastian’s tour group. This isn’t a glamorous show and there’s room for eccentric characters.

  2. I am totally addicted. Can’t wait until thursdays roll around so I can watch this and Frankie Drake Mysteries. Keep their relationship cordial.It’s well written and the locales are interesting.I will buy the entire series when it comes out on dvd.

  3. I love this show, please bring it back to Canada, this would be devastating not to have it back, I truly look forward to the show, the main characters chemistry is awesome, don’t lose one of them there amazing actors, please please bring it back to Canada

  4. I love this show!! Keep their relationship as brother sisterly then you can bring in other romantic partners… and their dynamic … all three… is absolutely perfect and so much fun!!! Keep up the great work… I love British tv and subscribe to both britbox and acorn… I’m in The states and am waiting for season 4!!!

  5. No romance for Frank and Lu, please. Loving relationship, yes; romance, no. Not believable. But whatever you do, keep the series going beyond Season 4 with all the three leads. It wouldn’t be the same if any one of them did not return.

  6. Love this show. Please keep it going.
    The light humor and banter among the leads is great fun. And it’s a relief to see a program where the mysteries to be solved do not always involve bloody bodies or drowned corpses piling up everywhere.
    Plus the setting is so charming. This has become my favorite show.

  7. Love ❤️ this show and all it’s characters but my favorite is Sebastian. Frank and Lu make a great pair of really smart detectives. Romance-maybe but for now I like the fact that they genuinely care for each other. I miss the custom shop owner character though which made up their loving detective family.

  8. I’m looking forward to series 4, but don’t fancy soap opera style romance between Frank and Lu! Any chance that Frank might go back to having long hair? Suits him much better, but that’s only my opinion. Hope characters like Spider and Billy the Brick might reappear sometime.

  9. 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

    • Patrick Walsh McBride (Sebastian) will be returning in season 4. He confirmed that in an interview he did back in the summer – this article also said he was a returning character. Definitely don’t want Lu & Frank to get together in a romantic way & I doubt they would do that. It’s just not believable to me and would ruin their chemistry as great friends. Might be nice to see Sebastian have a romantic interest though.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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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