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Hetty Wainthropp Investigates 

TV-PG | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | TV Series (1996–1998)
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Hetty wakes on her 60th birthday and decides to become a private investigator. With assistance from a teenager called Geoffrey and her husband Robert, combined with her own common sense, Hetty is confident she can solve any case.

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John Bowen, David Cook
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1998   1997   1996  
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Patricia Routledge ...  Hetty Wainthropp 27 episodes, 1996-1998
Dominic Monaghan ...  Geoffrey 27 episodes, 1996-1998
Derek Benfield ...  Robert Wainthropp / ... 23 episodes, 1996-1998
John Graham-Davies John Graham-Davies ...  D.C.I. Adams / ... 17 episodes, 1996-1998
Suzanne Maddock Suzanne Maddock ...  Janet / ... 12 episodes, 1997-1998
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Storyline

In order to make ends meet, and to stop a local teenage runaway from becoming a juvenile delinquent, Hetty Wainthropp, a sprightly and intelligent 60-year-old pensioner looking for a new challenge, decides to become a private investigator much to the chagrin of her unemployed husband. Once she makes up her mind, she becomes an unstoppable force, and, led by Hetty, the three set forth to investigate crimes of less interest to the local police force in and around their little village in the beautiful Lancashire countryside. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Official Sites:

PBS

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German | Spanish

Release Date:

3 January 1996 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hetty Wainthropp nyomoz See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(26 episodes) | (1 episode)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Patricia Routledge later revealed that the BBC had abruptly axed the series, despite it performing well in the ratings. She stated that the corporation was being "run by children" and notably has not featured in any BBC production since the show's end in 1998. See more »

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Referenced in The Green Green Grass: Your Cheating Art (2009) See more »

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Wonderful now classic TV series
24 July 2017 | by hesketh27See all my reviews

I own the complete DVD box set of Hetty Wainthrop Investigates & have watched each series at least 3 times. The show is now being shown again on UKTV Drama so I am dipping in and out of the episodes once more. HWI is a quaint & quirky detective drama series with flashes of added humour that never lets you down. Comforting like a well loved blanket it is one of my favourite shows of all time. The cases that Hetty & Geoffrey investigate are mundane downbeat and in real life would only be of interest to those involved in them but the homely, warm feeling that the episodes radiate are pure gold. Quintessentially (Northern) English it is one to be reached for when you want an hour of harmless entertainment - the end of each episode will leave you feeling all is right with the world.


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