A feature-length pilot episode, originally broadcast in 1990, was based on 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 is a retired working-class woman in Lancashire, North West England, who has a knack for jumping to conclusions and solving crimes of varying bafflement which often are too minor to concern the police. Although on occasion her husband offers assistance, he more often than not tends to the home while Hetty gads about the countryside with young Geoffrey in search of resolution and justice. In many episodes Hetty seeks the help and advice of DCI Adams of the local constabulary.
The series was very popular with viewers, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is said to be a huge fan of the show, despite this no further episodes have been commissioned. In a 2008 interview, Routledge said that the cast and crew had been told by the BBC at the end of the fourth series that a fifth series would be commissioned, though it never was.
|Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: The Complete Series 1||7 September 2004||11 October 2004||31 October 2007|
|Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: The Complete Series 2||9 August 2005||22 January 2007||9 April 2008|
|Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: The Complete Series 3||31 January 2006||5 March 2007||N/A|
|Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: The Complete Series 4||N/A||10 September 2007||N/A|
|Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: The Complete Collection||4 September 2007||7 January 2008||N/A|
Give Hetty a Pat on back; Tidy 'tec just loves a dust-up; Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (Friday, BBC1, 9.30pm).(Features)
Nov 23, 1996; At 66, actress Patricia Routledge could be forgiven for putting her feet up. But she's at the peak of her long career and in...