Created by Paul Matthew Thompson & Jude Tindall
In the cuter-than-thou sweepstakes, the 2018 UK comedy/drama Shakespeare and Hathaway: Private Investigators is surely a contender.
It's not enough that former Detective Inspector turned private eye FRANK HATHAWAY shares the family name of the Bard's wife and works in Stratford-upon-Avon. That alone would race at least a few skeptical eyebrows. But then he goes and partner's up with ex-hairdresser LUELLA SHAKESPEARE.
And then, in case anybody misses all this wink-wink nomenclature, Frank's only other employee, Sebastian Brudenell, is a struggling actor who trained with the Royal Acedemy of Dramatic Arts, and Frank's former partner on the police force is Detective Inspector Christina Marlowe.
How they missed having a cute puppy hanging around the office called "Francis Bacon" is beyond me.
Still, the show has it's moments, particularly for fans of the BBC/PBS BritCrime Industrial Complex. Frank is prickly, cynical and slightly over-the-hill, in a rumpled "needs someone to look after him" way, while Luella is younger (but not too much younger) and vivacious. There are a lot of fawning shots of Stratford-upon-Avon, and plenty of local oddball suspects to sort through in every case, à la Midsomer Murders and the like, but if you're looking for hard-boiled grit, UK style, this ain't it.
Don't touch that dial! Your comments, suggestions, corrections and contributions are always welcome.