The foster mother of a runaway teenage mother and her infant son hires Hetty to locate the girl and find out if she's the serial arsonist who's been plaguing the area.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Graham-Davies ...
D.C.I. Adams (as John Graham Davies)
Jane Lowe ...
Charlie Dickinson ...
Tom Higgins ...
Paul Gibbon ...
Bobby Knutt ...
Tricia Ford ...
Caravanner (as Patricia Ford)
Elizabeth Morgan ...
Rita May ...


A troubled teenage mother abandons her baby at a railway station, and Hetty is hired to find her. Chrissie's foster mother, who turns out to be Hetty's music-hall partner when they were young, explains that Chrissie might be setting fires (which is her real reason for seeking help). To make ends meet, Robert gets a job at a market and Geoffrey lets a photographer use him to enter a contest. Two pictures: one taken at a fire of a man in drag, and one of a grave, prompt Geoffrey to disguise himself - blonde wig, heels and all - to confront the arsonist. A hefty reward was offered for sussing the culprit and Hetty succeeds. After she receives the check, the old soft-shoe routine resurfaces. Written by jeaneva

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7 February 1996 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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3 May 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode of this excellent series is worth a viewing for the repartee and duet between Patricia Routledge and "Alice Baynes" (Jane Lowe) performing "Why Has A Cow Got Four Legs?" - the badinage between these two old friends prior to this musical interlude is absolutely wicked: "Fetch me the Magna Carta signed by Barry Manilow and you still couldn't detect a gas leak with a blow torch" This superb and off beat series wasn't afraid of tackling awkward subjects like bigamy (A Rose By Any Other Name) and relationships between mentally handicapped people (Not All There) (Misnamed, but not entirely inappropriately, as "Runaways" in IMDb listings). The pilot episode, Missing Persons, (1990) features the amazing Jimmy Jewel, and should be included as an appetizer to this series which should have lasted longer.

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