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The series is based on characters from the David Cook novel, Missing Persons. That was adapted as a two-hour special by Yorkshire Television in 1990, but ITV decided not to pick up a series. Six years later, the BBC bought the TV rights to Cook's novel, and so Hetty Wainthropp Investigates was born. (Brief from TV.com)
Series One Released on DVD by Acorn 2004
Synopsis from DVD cover by Acorn Media
Patricia Routledge - Hetty Wainthropp
Dominic Monaghan - Geoffrey
Derek Benfield - Robert Wainthropp
John Graham Davies - D.C.I. Adams
Hetty Wainthropp, a sprightly intelligent pensioner, wakes on her 60th birthday and decides to become a private investigator. Armed with just her handbag and lots of gritty northern common sense, she proves she can easily outwit the professionals. Although she walks, takes the bus or occasionally borrows a scooter to get to the crime scene, with sidekick Geoffrey – a teenager she caught shoplifting – husband Robert and her steely determination, how can she fail.
Disc 1 - 198 mins
Episode 1 - The Bearded Lady (74 mins)
Hetty believes she has a natural talent for sleuthing and sets up the Wainthropp Detective Agency. Investigating a homeless person’s death, Hetty and Geoffrey are drawn into a deeper mystery.
Episode 2 - Eye Witness (49 mins)
The Detectives are called by anxious parents who believe their profoundly deaf son is missing. He has, in fact, witnessed a strangulation and un away. The search begins
Episode 3 - Fingers (49 mins)
On a trip to Italy, the owner of Hetty’s hotel asks her to look after his family in England. They are being threatened – but by whom? Hetty and Geoffrey aim to find out.
Extra - A Conversation with Patricia Routledge
Video VOB mpeg-2 (PAL - region free)
Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 256 Kbps
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