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When her niece's son is framed for possession of an ecstasy tablet, Hety goes undercover in his school as a cafeteria worker to clear him.


John Glenister


John Bowen (series creator), David Cook (series creator) | 1 more credit »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Routledge ... Hetty Wainthropp
Dominic Monaghan ... Geoffrey
Suzanne Maddock Suzanne Maddock ... Janet Fraser
Siobhan Finneran ... Peggy Rainford
Richard Huw Richard Huw ... Malcolm Rainford
Joe Roberts Joe Roberts ... Tom Rainford
Tim Preece Tim Preece ... Mr Cavendish
William Ilkley William Ilkley ... Mr Watts
Karl Haynes Karl Haynes ... Morgan Ashby
Sam Davies Sam Davies ... Mr Patten
Richard Burke Richard Burke ... Wayne
Mark Aspin Mark Aspin ... Karl Ashby
David Martin David Martin ... Denny
Derek Rose Derek Rose ... Karl's Gang
Sam Millar Sam Millar ... Karl's Gang


Visiting Robert's niece Peggy and her husband Malcolm, Hetty learns that their son Tom has been expelled from school after an Ecstasy tablet was found on him. Hetty is convinced that he was framed and, with the headmaster's cooperation, goes undercover as a dinner lady, meeting Karl 'Bomber' Ashby, the school bully and his gang who have taken revenge on Tom after he has refused them money. Geoffrey also goes undercover as a pupil but after his identity is revealed Hetty has to rescue him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The first episode in which Robert does not appear. It is explained that he is attending a garden expo with his brother. See more »


Geoffrey Shawcross: [Looking at his plate on the cafeteria line] Is that all I get?
Hetty Wainthropp: Very bad for yuh... too many chips.
Geoffrey Shawcross: Well, I'll risk it if you will, grandma.
Hetty Wainthropp: And less of your lip, young man. Hop it!
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The Wainthropp Detective Agency looks into a case of drugs.
19 January 2020 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

As a rule The Wainthropp Detective Agency does not touch drugs, but when a family member is involved, Hetty makes an exception. The son of Hetty's niece, Tom is found to have an ecstasy pill in his pocket at School, she goes undercover in a bid to clear his name.

There are no lengths Hetty won't go to in order to get justice, and sort out whatever wrong has happened. It's a good episode, people talk about drugs at School being a big problem now, it was over twenty years ago.

I did find it hard to believe in Geoffrey as a school boy, that did perhaps stretch the imagination a little too far. He had some fun scenes, particularly getting lunch of Hetty. The best scene being where the miscreant suffers a well deserved accident.

It's a fairly early role for Siobhan Finneran, who by now had been acting about seven years, not long until she would start getting big TV roles, one of the best of British.

Pretty good. 7/10

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Release Date:

2 January 1998 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Darwen, Lancashire, England, UK See more »

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BBC-TV Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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