Shakespeare and Hathaway – Private Investigators to return for new 10-episode run

The current biggest BBC daytime show will get a new run, probably in early 2019.

Jo Joyner and Mark Benton will return for another series of their daytime drama Shakespeare and Hathaway – Private Investigators, says the BBC. The show, which is the most watched daytime TV series on catch-up, and hit the Top 10 of iPlayer in its first week, has been the Beeb’s biggest daytime success since Father Brown – more than doubling BBC One’s usual daytime viewing figures and audience share.

Made by BBC Studios Birmingham, and using Stratford (geddit?) and the wider Warwickshire countryside to great effect, the series featured odd couple Benton (The Halcyon, Waterloo Road) and Joyner (Eastenders, Ackley Bridge) as the world-worn PI and his more naive side-kick in stories created by Paul Matthew Thompson (Father Brown, Land Girls, Vera) and Jude Tindall (Doctors, Casualty, Father Brown).

Now, the pair will return for another 10-episode run of the show, which will begin shooting in September this year.

Jo Joyner commented that she was “really blown away by the support the first series garnered and we can’t wait to see what they get up to next!”

For his part, Mark Benton said: “I’m so thrilled to be making the show again. The reaction was phenomenal and hopefully series two will be even better. Can’t wait.”

The full first series is available to watch on demand via BBC iPlayer.