The hit daytime detective drama Shakespeare & Hathaway, starring Mark Benton and Jo Joyner, is coming back for a second series.

Jo Joyner and Mark Benton will return in a second series of daytime detective drama, Shakespeare & Hathaway. (Picture: BBC)

Private investigators Frank Hathaway and Luella Shakespeare will be back on the case next year, as hit daytime detective drama, Shakespeare & Hathaway has been re-commissioned for Series 2.

The series stars Mark Benton as an ex-Detective Inspector who unexpectedly finds himself paired with ex-hairdresser, Luella Shakespeare (played by ex-EastEnders star Jo Joyner) to investigate criminal goings-on in rural Warwickshire.

Will Trotter, Head of Daytime Drama, BBC Studios says: “Series 2 will see Frank and Lu investigating kidnapped canines, locked room mysteries, dead ringers and doppelgängers, vice, fraud, extortion and identity theft,” previews Will Trotter, Head of Daytime Drama. “Our detectives will continue where they left off putting the world to rights as they snoop and pry. More ado in Stratford-Upon-Avon.”

 Jo Joyner adds: “I’m totally thrilled to have the chance to visit Lu, Frank and fellow investigator Sebastian again in the beautiful surroundings of the Warwickshire countryside. We were really blown away by the support the first series garnered and we can’t wait to see what they get up to next!”

Shakespeare & Hathaway – Private Investigators will return to BBC 1 next year.