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? And where can I watch it?

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?

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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 is expected to begin airing on BBC One.

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's clear this one isn't going to be ready for a February 2021 premiere.

2021 Shakespeare & Hathaway Filming Updates

Considering that it's now August 2021 and scattered online reports suggest they're currently filming, it's possible the 2021 premiere may have even been pushed back – but with no official announcement and a lot of COVID uncertainty, it's really too soon to say.

In a fan group, Abby Harrison recently reported visiting the filming locations in Stratford and being told that a positive COVID test among the crew meant another week's delay in filming. 

Why So Many Delays?

Here at IHBTV, we get a LOT of angry emails from people who are impatient for shows and wondering why it's taking everyone so long to get new shows out. There are a few key things to remember:

  • After the initial lockdowns, TONS of shows all tried to get back to production at once – and that meant many cast and crew members were wanted in several places at the same time. Productions have to be staggered to work with actor schedules and the need for qualified crew members. 
  • Some areas are harder hit than others. An active outbreak in a small area can affect production, even if your area seems relatively normal.
  • Costs go up dramatically when you factor in all the distancing, masks, rewriting to accommodate cast/outdoor set changes, and delays that go along with pandemic-era filming.
  • More outdoor filming means more weather delays.
  • A single positive test can shut things down and create lengthy delays.

We know it's frustrating to wait for your favourite shows, but please remember that the people behind them are working very hard to get these productions going under tough circumstances. 

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

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

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(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!


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  1. Season one pilot show was one of best ever made for any show. ALL the actors are supreme.
    So grateful they will be back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. This mystery show is so compelling! Love the three main characters, which are so relatable. I enjoy the misfit characters and plot lines. Hurry it up, please!

  3. I love watching Shakespeare and Hathaway, especially as in the past I have worked in the lovely Stratford-upon-avon. It’s so quaint and pretty this series reminded me of it all. I miss the shoulder length hair on Frank, I thought it went so well with his character. Cannot wait for season 4!

  4. I love to watch Shakespeare and Hathaway from Season 1 to 3 all over again. I never get tired of it. Especially, Mark Benton, I love his acting and funny. I am looking forward to Season 4. Keep up the good work and we all love the three of you.

  5. We just finished season 3 and soo loved the series!!! It’s simply BRILLIANT!
    We’re waiting with bated breath for season 4!

  6. The show is BRILLIANT and I am really looking forward to season 4 too. However, I’m the odd one out here. I think a bit of romance (the occasional kiss and cuddle rather than a full-blown relationship) might give more plot options. The humour, characterisation and interaction between the three main characters adds so much that other shows lack. This show should be used in creative writing courses, if it isn’t already.

  7. From my US view, I can hardly wait until season 4 on Britbox! I’m ready-watching season 1-3 in readiness for the new season. I am totally in favor of keeping Frank and Lu as good friends and partners, not romantic. And yes, along with Frank and Lu, looking forward to Sebastian as well!

    • I love this show. Looking forward to Season 4. Frank & Lu need to remain good friends. A romance between them would ruin the show. Have rewatched Seasons 1 – 3 a number of times. Excellent production.

  8. My wife and I are BIG fans of Shakespeare & Hathaway and have binge watched the first three seasons! Can’t wait for Season 4 to come along!

  9. Also from the U.S. and BritBox. My husband is on hospice and only wants shows that entertain and aren’t too heavy… thank you to your great cast, crew, directors, and production. And 1 more vote to keep Lu and Frank good buds and partners.P.S. Sebastian is our favorite!

  10. Very anxious for season 4! Love the show as is-please leave the characters as friendly partners. even brother and sister type alligence.

    • I agree! They show how u can be very close as friends, and nothing more. Its wonderful to see! Luv Sebastian, too. What an actor!

    • Totally agree – LOVE the show and the chemistry as it is- romantic entanglements would ruin the fun and playful nature of all their relationships. Sebastian is brilliant, and I was slightly worried he was leaving the show with the RSC. I’d love to see Mr. Benton slim a bit for his own health, he’s such a lovely character and would love to have him around for a long time to come! All the actors are truly lovely and so enjoyable.

    • I have Britbox an we are waiting for the season 4 of Shakespeare and Hathaway.What date will it air please

  11. I am a devoted fan from the States. LOVE this show! I hope it comes back soon and really would like to see more than 4 seasons. The chemistry between the three main stars is wonderful and the acting superb.

  12. Absolutely adore Shakespeare & hathawy. Binge watched
    Series 1-3 on I player twice. So excited there’s gonna
    Be a series 4.

  13. absolutely adore this series x the cast are fantastic and i’ve watched all 3 series about 20 times over x can’t wait for series 4 x hurry up

  14. I agree with others who say no romance between Lu and Frank; it would change the focus. I’m glad Sebastian got recognition from the playgoers and his school friend. Now he can continue to be a great detective! I love this show, and look forward to Season 4 – and more!

  15. Been looking forward to season 4 since the end credits of season 3! Hope Britbox snap it up!

  16. Yes! Yes! There will be a Season 4 … the sooner, the better. So glad Sebastian will not be going on tour after all! And I miss Amber Agar and that tension/admiration between her character and Frank. Her sidekick character ‘Keeler’ makes me want to throw something at the TV!! NO, NO romance between LU & Frank, please — it would just throw off the vibe and ruin the show. My opinion. I look forward to 4!! The opening credits uplift and bring a smile to face each episode. Can’t wait!!

  17. USA watcher here on Britbox. My husband and I love the show and are definitely happy to learn there will be a Season 4. Hope there will be additional seasons as well. Great characters and storylines.

  18. Love this show! The 3 characters and their roles, friendship are the best! They make the show–their personalities and chemistry and detective mystery solving approaches so enjoyable and fun to watch. Looking forward to season 4…and many more seasons. Just finished watching end of season 3 Teach Me, Dear Creature and loved, a favorite! Encore! Season 4. Go Benton Joyner McBride!

    • Yes my husband and I are looking forward to season 4 and we will be watching!!!
      However that is NOT the Sebastian that has been on the show the last 3 seasons. How disappointing that he will not be there, he was such a great and integral part of the show. I am not sure that particular character can be replaced!
      Wonderful show, love the humor!

  19. Hurry Series 4! So glad there is at least one more to look forward to! I hope there are many more to come. Fantastic program and actors and fun stories. Love the humor! I love the gritty UK crime shows, but it’s nice to have a lighter one with a bit of humor now and then too!

  20. Fantastic comedy acting. All the characters are brilliant and buzz off each other so well. This has to be the best programme on tv at the moment as it avoids all the the arty-farty cliches in other detective dramas, and instead, goes for superb and equally ‘daft’ storylines, all carried along by the amazing day-to-day interactions between the central characters.
    It’s pure escapism TV that leaves me smiling and joyous after each episode. I reckon this will be a future classic and Im so pleased that its popularity is soaring with viewers. Surely S&H is destined for a raft of tv awards…..They have my vote.

  21. This has become one of my favourite shows. I do hope that there isn’t going to be a romance between S&H, I like their dynamic as friends. Their friendship is a big part of what makes the show so special.

  22. Absolutely love this show it cheers me up no end ,all the actors are brilliant, can’t wait for new series and hope there is many more..

  23. BBC, you need the money. Whilst I understand the bosses at the BBC are idiots, even idiots can see this production makes money and more importantly keeps its fans very happy.

    • It’s a ‘helps keep you warm’ the shows a glow with its storylines. The characters act in the story like its happening to them in real life. Well acted and whoever comes up with the stories has a talent in knowing her special chosen actors are apt for them. Cannot wait to see the next batch 😃

  24. Shakespeare & Hathaway is my very favorite BBC series. I have recommended it to my friends! The show wouldn’t be the same without Sebastian and in the last episode it seemed he was leaving the series. I am definitely looking forward to seeing all the characters in Season 4 including Sebastian. I Love this show!

  25. Love love love this show! These characters are perfect together! No romance between s & h PLEASE! One for sebastian pls. I miss agar and her character.

    • I so agree on the NO ROMANCE sentiment. What’s wrong with being actual friends? Also agree on Agar.

  26. I lov3 this program and iv watched all 3 seasons a few times. I can’t wait for season 4. Even though Iv seen the first 3 episodes I’m still going to get the DVDs.

  27. Love the show on Britbox and glad to hear it’s coming back! Seems like all our favorite quirky mystery cozies have another season: Midsomer Murders, Brokenwood Mysteries, My Life is Murder, and now Shakespeare and Hathaway. Woohoo!
    Must be a blast to play Sebastian, with all his undercover work he’s the modern Artemus Gordon.

    • I adore this programme. It seems to me some of the best programming for the BBC is put in in the afternoons. So many people don’t know what they are missing.

    • Love the show and loved The Wild Wild West with Artemis Gordon’s adventures in disguise! I love glimpses of my favorite spots in Stratford!

  28. Absolutely love the show and can’t wait for Season 4. However, if it’s the last run of the series, please don’t leave us hanging. Maybe have Lu get a boyfriend, Sebastian finally get a lead role in a Shakespearian play or Frank land a top job with an investigative agency. Just let us have closure. Will be very sad to see it end. Wish it could go on for a few more seasons.

  29. S & H is an absolute joy. It’s such an easy watch and I mean that as a huge complement to it. Perfect for afternoons. I cannot wait for series 4 to land and I can happily watch repeats over and over. The totally OTT situations the 3 leads find themselves caught up in are superb. Joyner, Benton and Walsh McBride have brilliant chemistry and the supporting cast are always superb.

    • We watch it over and over too. The cast is amazing, the writing is fun, and the plots are enjoyable. I will consider working out of the my company’s London office for a few weeks once this hits iPlayer.

  30. Love this show seeing Stratford upon Avon has kept me going through Lockdown also I love the frequent Shakespearean references. No romance between Lou and Frank PLEASE.

  31. Husband and I love this show. Don’t think romantic interest for Shakespeare and Hathaway is necessary. They have great relationship now. They could get closer as friends but not romance for either one – with each other or other characters. Absolutely LOVE Sebastian. He is brilliant in his disguises, voices, characters. Love to just look at him – he is so handsome. And loved his bits of Hamlet.

    • Agreed, a romance between them would completely ruin it. I think a great thing about the show is the lack of personal life. It’s all about the mystery as hand, the humor the characters bring to it, knowing their quirks in their day to day work etc. Once there’s too much personal stuff and romance it ruins the successful chemistry.

  32. My husband and I love this show. We agree–NO romance between Shakespeare and Hathaway! Anxiously awaiting season 4 on BritBox!

  33. My very favorite show! Impatient for season four to begin. I watch on Britbox. No romance between Lu and Frank. Their good and quirky friendship works best. Maybe some romance with new characters for each of them. Sebastian is the bees’ knees. In fact all of the regulars are super. Gloria. Spider. The snarky police inspector.
    With Covid isolation, all of these characters have become my friends and I love hanging out with them. Have watched all episodes at least more than once. Bring on FOUR, Please…..

  34. Love the show and always enjoy the fun relief it brings! Awesome way to relax and get some good laughs! Can’t wait for series 4!

  35. Totally love this mystery/comedy! All 3 main characters are so believable. No romance between S&H though. Just can’t see it. It’s more like a brother sister thing I think. I love Sebastian and the funny delimas he finds himself in. He adds so much humor to the show…great actor I’m anxiously waiting for season 4. Big fan of Jo Joyner from her days on East Enders and loving this humorous side of her. Hope it goes on for another 10 seasons. We need more shows like it

  36. This is a great show! It is so nice to watch something that doesn’t have gratuitous violence and sex….just great acting and dialogue. The writers are great. Cannot wait for season 4.

    • Karen, Just read your comment. Goodonya! So hard to find decent shows with no gratuitous violence and sex. If you are in UK, you are lucky and will see S & H sooner than those of us here in the US waiting for BritBox to bring it to us.
      Linda H.

  37. I am waiting for season 4. Can’t get enough of this. Makes the Covid-19 blues disappear and I laugh out loud. To fill the gap I just watch them over and over. They never get old. I enjoy the interactioin of all the core character. Lots of Laughs. 5 stars.

  38. I need at least 10 seasons of this show in my life! I have it playing in the background just because it makes me happy. Its lighthearted and fun but also gives you a mystery to solve. Just what you need these days.

  39. I absolutely LOVE this show….I watch it on PBS and it is one of the best
    series on television. I hope it runs for many years to come. I cannot wait for season 4!!!!

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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

  43. 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!!!

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. Hated to see season three end. Hope season 4 is available very soon. It’s a great help through this pandemic.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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.

    • I am a fan of S&H from across the Pond and concur with most of what has been said in the comments posted. However, I wouldn’t mind seeing the beginning of a romance between Lu and Frank if it were the last series. To be believable, they would each need to change a little, maybe becoming more empathetic with one another and sharing more of their inner selves and backgrounds. Of course there would still be plenty of comedy and a cracking mystery. I would even like to know more about Sebastian. But I can’t see how some character growth would hurt the Show. In fact, deepening the characters makes them more attainable, empathetic and likable. Thanks for listening!

  52. 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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