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Hetty Wainthropp Investigates 

TV-PG | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | TV Series (1996–1998)
Hetty wakes on her 60th birthday and decides to become a private investigator. With assistance from a teenager called Geoffrey and her husband Robert, combined with her own common sense, Hetty is confident she can solve any case.


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Series cast summary:
 Hetty Wainthropp 27 episodes, 1996-1998
 Robert / ... 23 episodes, 1996-1998
John Graham-Davies ...
 D.C.I. Adams / ... 17 episodes, 1996-1998
Suzanne Maddock ...


In order to make ends meet, and to stop a local teenage runaway from becoming a juvenile delinquent, Hetty Wainthropp, a sprightly and intelligent 60-year-old pensioner looking for a new challenge, decides to become a private investigator much to the chagrin of her unemployed husband. Once she makes up her mind, she becomes an unstoppable force, and, led by Hetty, the three set forth to investigate crimes of less interest to the local police force in and around their little village in the beautiful Lancashire countryside. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Patricia Routledge later revealed that the BBC had abruptly axed the series, despite it performing well in the ratings. She stated that the corporation was being "run by children" and notably has not featured in any BBC production since the show's end in 1998. See more »


Follows Missing Persons (1990) See more »

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Extraordinary British Crime Series
3 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

Patricia Routledge gives a superb performance as the title character in a crime drama only the British can produce so exquisitely. From visionary producer/creators John Bowen and David Cook, this intriguing, penetrating mystery series is set in the deceptively tranquil, idyllic Lancashire countryside, in a small village where supposedly little happens. A harmless appearing resident homemaker named Hetty Wainthropp discovers a very dark side indeed to her surroundings and sets out to blow this peaceful hamlet wide open. Aided by a young man who she has saved from a life of brutal criminality, she becomes one of the leading private investigators in the UK and the most sought after professional in her field. At first it's a bit of a lark in order to compensate for her husband's lethargy, indolence, and unemployment but soon it's a vocation as well as an all consuming obsession, leading her down dark labyrinths of deadly danger. At times powerful and hard hitting and at others deeply moving, Hetty Waintrhropp Investigates never pulls its punches and is always extraordinarily challenging television.

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