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We've got good news and bad news for you. The good news is that Season 3 has already been filmed, and there are plans for a Season 4. The bad news is that neither of those new seasons are available yet.
What's Shakespeare & Hathaway About?
Shakespeare and Hathaway stars Jo Joyner as new PI Luella Shakespeare, with Mark Benton portraying disgraced police officer-turned private detective Frank Hathaway. Patrick Walshe McBride plays Sebastian Brudenell, their thespian assistant. It's a classic British cosy mystery that's heavy on humour and light on violence (aside from all the murder, of course).
The pair met while Luella was investigating her slimy fiancé, finding herself to be a surprisingly competent detective. Together, they tackle a variety of serious cases in a fun and lighthearted way.
Where is Shakespeare & Hathaway Set?
Shakespeare & Hathaway is set (mostly) in the lovely medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire. While many of our readers will have likely visited Stratford-upon-Avon during trips to the UK, we know not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to make the trip.
For those who can't visit England, we strongly recommend a Google walk around Stratford-upon-Avon. You can click HERE to be dropped in the middle of the town, and use your computer mouse to walk the streets. Though market town StreetView coverage is never quite as good as more urban areas, you can see quite a lot.
You can also get 360 views inside many buildings. Just look at the little map in the corner of the screen. You can use the “+” sign or your mouse's scroll wheel to zoom way in and look for little blue dots. Those dots represent photos that give you a look at areas that aren't covered by the StreetView car cameras.
When Does Season 3 of Shakespeare & Hathaway Premiere?
There's no official date yet, but they've said it will be in 2020. Given that both Series 1 and 2 started in late February and ended in early March, that's what we would expect to see from Series 3. In the past, they aired one new episode each weekday afternoon on BBC One, for a total of 2 weeks (10 episodes).
BritBox has been extremely slow to bring the seasons over to the US, with Season 2 arriving on BritBox in October 2019. Hopefully, they'll pick up the pace next time and give it to US viewers a little sooner.
Who's in Shakespeare & Hathaway Season 3?
All the main cast will be returning for Season 3, but we're also getting a new regular. Yasmin Kauer Barn will join the show as PC Viola Deacon. She'll play a friend of Sebastian's and member of the local force.
We're not sure whether this means we'll be losing either DI Christine Marlowe (Amber Aga) and DS Keeler (Tomos Eames). As of right now, IMDbPro doesn't have updated information for who is in which of the Season 3 episodes, so we can't draw any conclusions from that. A quick Instagram search didn't turn up any production photos that would offer clues, either.
What's Happening in Season 3 of Shakespeare & Hathaway?
While details released so far have been fairly limited, we know that Shakespeare & Hathaway's third season will be made up of 10 more 45-minute episodes.
Given the episodic nature of Shakespeare & Hathaway, it doesn't seem likely that we'll see huge, sweeping changes to the personal lives of the characters in Season 3. However, Season 2 definitely hinted at a fondness between Luella and Frank, and we wouldn't be at all surprised to see things move a little further in that direction. We did see an interview a while back where it was mentioned that a romantic scene had been deleted from Season 2.
With any luck, we'll also get to see a bit more of Sebastian and learn something of his backstory. Of course, the BBC hasn't released any official details just yet – but we'll update this when we have more information.
Will you Be Watching Shakespeare & Hathaway Season 3?
Are you a fan of this quirky, cosy mystery? Will you be tuning in for another 10 episodes next year? We certainly will be!