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
Woman of the Year (Episode #119)
KQED Plus: Fri, May 17, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
Hetty goes undercover to a women's shelter in a confidential location - and where no man may enter. Detective Chief Inspector Adams suspects that the shelter's security has been severely compromised by an inside informer. Hetty's quest to find the leak opens her eyes to the terrifying realities of spousal abuse, and results in a gripping conclusion as she leads the women in defending their sanctuary against a violent motorcycle gang.
- KQED Plus: Sat, May 18, 2013 -- 3:00 AM
A Rose By Any Other Name (Episode #118)
KQED Plus: Fri, May 10, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
The children of well-to-do widow Gillian Snape are worried that her photographer-fiance Lester Rose is marrying her for her money, and hire Hetty to investigate Rose's past. With Geoffrey's help, Hetty learns that Rose is a gambler and a gigolo - with several previous identities. Surprising facts revealed by two women from his past - and Hetty's tense undercover visit to his studio - expose a somewhat less thorny side of the man. Still, is he the marrying kind?. .
- KQED Plus: Sat, May 11, 2013 -- 3:00 AM
The Astral Plane (Episode #117)
KQED Plus: Fri, May 3, 2013 -- 8:55 PM
Hetty gets mystical as she investigates Maurika Rome, a spiritualist suspected of using seances - and blackmail - to prey on the savings of the recently widowed. When Hetty goes undercover and invents a late husband she wishes to contact, she begins to wonder if Mrs Rome isn't the real thing - until a woman claiming to be her "late husband's" illegitimate daughter shows up demanding money.
- KQED Plus: Sat, May 4, 2013 -- 2:55 AM