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Private inspector Frank Hathaway has always worked alone. Only Frank isn’t doing so well. He might have a brilliant instinct when it comes to solving crime, but he’s also out of shape and low on cash. Frank needs a partner. Frank needs ex-hairdresser and people-person Lu. He just doesn’t know it yet. Frank and Lu eventually join forces and form a highly unlikely and hugely entertaining detecting duo. They quickly discover all is not as peaceful as it seems in this pretty theatre town. Vengeful lovers stalk the streets, the mayor is murdered and a magician’s trick fatally misfires.
Frank and Lu must learn to trust each other, especially since their actor-receptionist is far too busy learning his lines. Welcome to the birthplace of the Bard – where fact is stranger than fiction and low life criminals get caught up in deliciously high drama.
EPISODE 1 - A BRAVE NEW WORLD
Things aren’t looking good for ex-cop Frank Hathaway: his detective agency is in dire financial straits
and cases are thin on the ground. So when a sobbing Lu Shakespeare appears in his office, he sees
a solution to his cash flow worries
EPISODE 2 - THE CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT
When ominous noises on the roof startle Dora Bentley in the middle of the night she panics and calls
out for help. Brusque care home owner Penelope Pincott dismisses her concerns - it was only a bad
dream and she’s far more concerned with the mysterious power cuts and inexplicable cockroach
EPISODE 3 - THIS PROMISED END
Undertaker Peter Quintus leads a quiet and unassuming life with his loving wife Anne. So when he’s
visited one morning by two mysterious hitmen who inform him he has just 24 hours to live because of
an undisclosed misdemeanour he goes into a tailspin. Mr R. and Mr G. refuse to give details, but
assure Peter they will return tomorrow so he must put his affairs in order.
EPISODE 4 - THIS ROUGH MAGIC
Old school magician, Lawrence Pross, is in the midst of his grand finale when tragedy strikes and his
unlucky volunteer is fatally trapped in his medieval iron maiden. Accused of involuntary manslaughter,
Lawrence is reduced to performing cheap tricks to passing tourists. His daughter Maggie doesn’t
believe the trick was faulty and convinces Lawrence to enlist Frank and Lu.
EPISODE 5 - TOIL AND TROUBLE
When the Mayor of Arden is discovered murdered in his isolated cottage suspicion falls on local
criminal, Billy the Brick Porters, but he’s nowhere to be found. DI Marlowe is straight on to Frank’s
case: she knows Frank and Billy have history – where would he go to hide out?
EPISODE 6 - EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR
It’s a slow day in the office for Frank and Lu until a hysterical Sally Balthasar flies into the office in a
whirlwind of tears – they have to help her, someone’s threatening her and she simply cannot perform
under these conditions. Sally reveals she’s in town staging her new adaptation of Romeo and Juliet
but someone’s left a menacing message on her hotel room window.
EPISODE 7 - THE FAIREST SHOW MEANS MOST DECEIT
At the detective agency, Frank is ambushed by larger than life American, Martin, who claims to be
Frank’s long lost uncle, but Frank chucks him out the office – he knows a conman when he sees one!
It’s another day, another workplace injury compensation claim for Frank and Lu. Diana and her
husband Leon, owners of an upmarket gift shop, suspect employee Lola of making a false
compensation claim and need Lu and Frank to prove it.
EPISODE 8 - THE CHAMELEON'S DISH
Awkward teen, Hamish, is plagued with a recurring dream in which he sees the body of a murdered
woman but always wakes up before he can learn anything more. He can’t quite work it out, but he’s
pretty sure it’s a premonition – he’s terrified he’s going to do something awful, and he needs Frank
and Lu to tail him over the weekend and keep him out of trouble.
EPISODE 9 - THE RASCAL COOK
When a dead rat makes an unwelcome appearance on Hiverna restaurant’s menu on their most
important evening, head chef Len Tekler is beyond furious – someone is trying to stop him winning
Arden Restaurant of the Year and he wants to know who. He calls in in Frank and Lu, but they’re
unable to crack the case before the saboteur strikes again - causing a nasty bout of food poisoning
leading to Hiverna’s closure.
EPISODE 10 - ILL MET BY MOONLIGHT
An almighty crash in the middle of the night alarms Lady Tania. On investigation she discovers her
rebellious daughter, Mia, is missing along with a precious necklace. Frustrated with her wayward
daughter and distraught at the loss of her beloved necklace Lady Bede summons Frank and Lu to her
stately home. Upon arrival the pair spots a crew of workers led by the charismatic Ron Greenvale
preparing for the annual Autumn Equinox Ball.