Within the crowded genre of British TV detective shows, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates offers us something fresh and a little bit different. It originally aired in the UK in the late 90s before making its way across the U.S. for a series of airings on PBS affiliates around the nation. Unlike some of her gloomier and grittier counterparts, Wainthropp deliberately steers clear of mysteries involving unpleasantness such as drugs and divorce although she does love a good murder mystery. She’s essentially a neighborhood busy-body with a sharp mind and an insatiable desire to uncover the truth. She follows up on the cases that the police can’t be bothered with: phony mediums, poison pen letters, buried treasure, paternity cases and unexplained deaths. She’s a working class Miss Marple and a formidable character both in her home and at work.
Wainthropp is assisted during her investigations but her excitable assistant Geoffrey.