Whe a malicious poison pen writer targets both new and old residents of a small village, the prime suspect hires Hetty to find the real writer.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Graham-Davies ...
D.C.I. Adams (as John Graham Davies)
Helga Allowby
Mr. Cullimore
Linda Broughton ...
Mrs. Garbet
Barbara Keogh ...
Beryl Pacey
John Pickles ...
Jim Pacey
Stephen Tomlin ...
John Winterton
Kate Rutter ...
Janet Bransby
Nick Bayly ...
Ben Harrow
Nicola Barnfield ...
Geraldine Harrow
Alison Swann ...
Mandy Salthouse
Susan Porrett ...
Joyce Parmby


Everyone in her village thinks nosy spinster Helga Allowby is sending noxious poison pen letters. Some recipients move out of the village, one man attempts suicide, and mistrust pervades the village. Helga wants Hetty to prove her innocence, so she comes undercover as Tara Hall, a visiting painter and asks Helga to send her similar letters to lower the villagers' suspicions. Meanwhile Robert and Geoffrey take a case on their own: checking out the fiancée of an older rich man. They set a trap for her with a handsome friend of Geoffrey's--will she or won't she? Hetty begins to think Helga IS the author of the letters, but there may be another candidate, even more unlikely. Written by jeaneva

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30 November 1996 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Hetty Wainthropp: [Speaking about the disgraced schoolteacher] You seem to know a lot about him.
Helga Allowby: Knowing about people is my hobby.
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References Dumb & Dumber (1994) See more »


Sweet Georgia Brown
Music by Ben Bernie and Maceo Pinkard and lyrics by Kenneth Casey (1925)
Instrumental version heard at village dance.
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