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Missing Persons (1990)

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Hetty is approached by Frank Cross, husband of her old friend Edith, to locate his son from his first marriage, whom he hasn't seen in fifty years.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tony Melody ...
Robert Wainthropp
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Frank Cross
Jean Heywood ...
Edith Cross
Gary Waldhorn ...
Bernard Shawcross
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Geoffrey Shawcross (as Garry Halliday)
Ram John Holder ...
Chalky White
Jean Kent ...
Phillida Meadowhite
Janet Allen ...
Mrs. Lilium
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Photographer
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Jan
Julie Foy ...
Madge
Cathy Underwood ...
Beryl Lilium
Matthew Vaughan ...
Hairdresser
Nigel Collins ...
Betting Shop Manager
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In this unsold pilot for what would ultimately become "Hetty Waintropp Investigates" six years later, Hetty is approached by Frank Cross, husband of her oldest and dearest friend Edith, to locate his son Bernard from his first marriage, an only child whom he hasn't seen in fifty years. However, by the time Hetty finds him, Frank has changed his mind and no longer wants to meet his son. Ironically, Bernard's sixteen year-old son Geoffrey has run away from home and Hetty finds herself on another missing persons case. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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This was the pilot episode for the TV series "Hetty Wainthropp Investigates" with Patricia Routledge. The main differences from the series is that her husband and assistant are played by different actors and that she has blonde/white hair. See more »

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Hetty Wainthropp: [to Geoffrey when she recognizes him on the bus trip] You and me got a lot of talkin' to do young man and a lot of time to do it.
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Followed by Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1996) See more »

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Composed by Maurice Ravel
[Hummed by the two constables when the take Geoffrey into custody.]
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An alternative take on Hetty Wainthropp
20 June 2007 | by (Pella, Iowa, USA) – See all my reviews

This TV movie was made as the pilot for a "Hetty Wainthropp" series, but six years elapsed before the series was made, and the pilot was never broadcast in the US. Although Patricia Routledge was brought back to play the title role, the series is markedly different from the pilot. Here the character of Hetty is edgier, and her social milieu is seedier - think Daisy and Onslow, rather than Hyacinth and Richard. The narrative style is more elliptical, and the actual "detection" often takes a back seat to other themes, especially toward the end. But for just that reason, it's worth seeing if you're a fan of the series. It's Hetty Wainthropp as she might exist in a parallel universe.


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