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 ...
Emma Cunniffe ...
Alan Partington ...
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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D.C.I. Adams: The first principle of police detective work is once you've settled on a suspect , don't waste time and money looking for reasons why that suspect should not have committed the crime. All suspects ar guilty until proved innocent... usually some years after they've been sent to prison or in earlier times hanged.
Hetty Wainthropp: I never know when you're serious.
D.C.I. Adams: I don't always know myself, to tell the trurh.
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