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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?
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?
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!