Hetty Wainthropp Investigates
Armed with little more than her pocketbook and her prodigious common sense, Hetty Wainthropp (Patricia Routledge) is the Lancashire housewife-turned-detective who has proved that she can easily match wits with the best of them - even if she has to take the bus to get to the scene of the crime.
In these tales, Hetty goes undercover, demonstrating her continued fearlessness in the face of criminal offences. Still by Hetty's sdie are her recently retired husband Robert (Derek Benfield) and Geoffrey Shawcross (Dominic Monaghan), the teenager rescued by Hetty from a dodgy career of shoplifting and who now lives with the Wainthropps and acts as Hetty's investigating sidekick. Based on characters from the 1986 novel Missing Persons by David Cook (who co-wrote the series with John Griffith Bowen). The incidents in Cook's book were inspired by his own mother's real-life experiences.
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates Previous Broadcasts
Blood Relations (Episode #112)
KQED Plus: Fri, Mar 29, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
Hetty finally has a reply to her advertisement in the local press in Whitby. She has been seeking her only known blood relative, Kate Fielding, who immediately invites the Wainthropps to pay a visit. Robert is too busy writing an article for his column in the Ackersley Echo, but Geoff drives Hetty through foreign territory (Yorkshire) to the fishing village of Kirkewell, where Kate runs a pet shop. The cousins are delighted to meet for the first time since childhood and soon Hetty meets some of the other villagers, including Agnes Stubbs.
- KQED Plus: Sun, Mar 31, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 30, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
Mind Over Muscle (Episode #111)
KQED Plus: Fri, Mar 22, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
Hetty's hairdresser, Dawn Halliwell, is having problems with her husband Russ. Russ has been the subject of an apparently random attack in a gents toilet, but he refuses to press charges because his attacker claims that Russ made an indecent suggestion. While Russ is known to have a twinkle in his eye, it's always been strictly for the girls and Dawn is anxious to find out what's really behind the attack.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 23, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
Digging for Dirt (Episode #110P)
KQED Plus: Fri, Mar 15, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
Hetty is asked by local councillor, Brian Weston to help mediate between the council and his mother, Enid Weston. Enid has barricaded herself into her ramshackle flat in Glebe Hamlets, which the council wants to replace with a new development. A key player is the builder, Gordon Gregson, who not only built Glebe Hamlets, but expects to make a handsome profit from the new building.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 16, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
Family Values (Episode #109P)
KQED Plus: Fri, Mar 8, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
With some reluctance Robert agrees to go undercover to help solve a Big House mystery. The owner of the house has died under somewhat suspicious circumstances. While the police seem satisfied that there was no foul play, the dead man's brother, Harry Carter, believes that the housekeeper, Ella Parsons, is a fraud who has systematically stolen property from the house.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 9, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
Something to Treasure (Episode #108P)
KQED Plus: Fri, Mar 1, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
Hetty and Robert arrive home after a long break with their son Derek and his family in Australia. Geoff and Janet have been minding the agency and Hetty has scarcely unpacked before she gets embroiled in a new case about hidden treasure. She and Geoff have been asked by Moira Pridwell to find a book written by her husband, who died in a recent explosion at the iron ore mine where he worked in Cumbria.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 2, 2013 -- 3:00 AM