Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: Series 3
Acorn Media (1997)
TV Series  /  Mystery
In Collection
Seen ItYes
5 hr 21 mins UK / English
DVD  Region 1
Suzanne Maddock Janet Frazer 
John Graham-Davies D.C.I. Adams
Patricia Routledge Hetty Wainthropp
Dominic Monaghan Geoffrey Shawcross
Derek Benfield Robert Wainthropp
Frank Mills Frank Wainthropp
John Glenister
David Giles
Producer Rebecca Eaton
Ian Hopkins
Writer John Bowen
Jeremy Paul
Cinematography Ian Punter
Musician Nigel Hess

Move over, Miss Marple! Television's newest sleuth, Hetty Wainthropp, has arrived! Armed with little more than her pocketbook and her prodigious common sense, the Lancashire housewife-turned-gumshoe has proved that she can easily match wits with the best of themeven if she has to take the bus to get to the scene of the crime. With her teenage sidekick, Geoffrey, and her doting hubby, Robert, how can she go wrong? The series is based on characters from the David Cook novel, Missing Persons. It was turned into a two-hour movie/pilot by Yorkshire Television for the ITV network in 1990. It starred Patricia Routledge as Hetty and John Graham-Davies as DCI Adams. The pilot movie was aired, but ITV decided not to pick up a series. Six years later, the BBC bought the TV rights to Cook's novel, and 'Hetty Wainthropp Investigates' was born. Co-starring in the series are Derek Benfield, from 'Rumpole of the Bailey,' and Dominic Monaghan, whom you may recognize from the 'Lord o
Disc 01
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 50 mins    11/28/1997  1.  All Stitched Up
When a teenage pyromaniac terrorizes a neighborhood, the police are helpless as frightened victims refuse to testify against him. Enter Hetty, posing as the Irish sister-in-law of one of the residents. Her plan: infiltrate the local sewing circle and get the lowdown on Lenny the firebug and his gang.
Director:  David Giles  Writer:  David Cook  / Paul Jeremy 
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 50 mins    12/5/1997  2.  Daughter of the Regiment
A military wife hires Hetty when a mysterious photographer starts stalking the woman's daughter and her fiancé. Tipped that an Australian is involved, Hetty and Geoffrey go undercover as ""Aussies."" They track down the mastermind and learn more than their client wants to know.
Director:  David Giles  Writer:  Brian Finch  / David Cook 
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 50 mins    12/12/1997  3.  Serving the Community
Called to investigate a string of robberies targeting Indian restaurant owners, Hetty herself is mugged! The plot thickens when Robert is the unwitting receiver of stolen goods. As Hetty delves deeper into the activities of the masked bandits, Geoffrey, sporting a stunning new hair-do, rides shotgun for her protection.
Director:  Don Leaver  Writer:  Philip Martin  / David Cook 
Disc 02
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 50 mins    12/19/1997  4.  Fisticuffs
Hetty seeks compensation for the victim of a road rage incident in which a female driver hit another in the face.
Director:  Don Leaver  Writer:  David Cook  / Paul Jeremy 
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 50 mins    1/2/1998  5.  Childsplay
Hetty looks into a case of bullying when her great nephew is suspended from school, after someone plants an Ecstasy tablet in his blazer.
Director:  John Glenister  Writer:  Brian Finch  / David Cook 
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 50 mins    1/9/1998  6.  Pursuit by Proxy
Hetty represents a neighbour at a creditors' meeting and her agency is asked to find a missing company director and his money.
Director:  John Glenister  Writer:  David Cook  / Peter Gibbs 
Disc 03
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 50 mins    1/16/1998  7.  A Minor Operation
During a quiet hospital stay for surgery, Hetty uncovers a robbery ring run by nurses and helps clear D.C.I. Adams in a sexual assault frame-up. Meanwhile, Hetty's brother-in-law, Frank, gets mixed up with a lusty widow.
Director:  Jim Goddard  Writer:  Philip Martin  / David Cook 
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 50 mins    1/23/1998  8.  Helping Hansi
Hetty is approached by Hansi, a German gentleman whose golden years have been hampered by a painstaking search for his sister, whom he lost contact with during World War II. However, Hetty passes the case off to Geoffrey and Janet, when it comes to light that this is not the only pain Hansi has been suffering. Someone at his retirement community has been making pointed references to Nazism at Hansi, something he had never been a part of. The person is going so far as to deface Hansi's garden in the shape of a Swastika. Hetty goes undercover as a potential tenant of the retirement community, where she comes into contact with characters that seem to come right out of the mystery novel she's reading: a regimental romantic, a frail woman who has remained alone since her fiance's death in the war, among others. All seem to have motives for harming Hansi. Geoffrey and Janet find Hansi's nephew, only to find that he is ashamed of his uncle's German heritage and prefers to continue hiding. Mea
Director:  Jim Goddard  Writer:  Philip Martin  / David Cook 
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 50 mins    1/30/1998  9.  How Time Flies
A clock aficionado suspects he's been handed stolen goods when two thugs bring him a valuable antique timepiece for repair. Meanwhile, Frank and Janet break Hetty's number-one rule by getting mixed up in a marital dispute. Oddly enough, the two cases turn out to be linked.
Director:  David Giles  Writer:  David Cook  / Paul Jeremy 
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