Hetty Wainthropp
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Hetty Wainthropp Investigates
Originally aired Thursdays in fall 1997 at 9 p.m.
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Move over, Miss Marple! Television's newest sleuth of a certain age has arrived on this side of the Atlantic. Hetty Wainthropp, played by British actress Patricia Routledge, begins with a 90-minute premiere, Tbe Bearded Lady, and continues with three one-hour programs, Eye Witness, Widdershins, and Safe as Houses.

A favorite of Brit-com fans for her role as the insufferable Hyacinth Bucket in the PBS comedy series Keeping Up Appearances, Patricia Routledge brings a buoyant determination to her latest persona, the no-nonsense Lancashire housewife Hetty Wainthropp.

The character of Hetty Wainthropp first appeared in the novel Missing Persons by David Cook, who serves as co-writer of the series with John Bowen. "The case in my original novel, in which an elderly man asks Hetty to find his 50-year-old son, actually happened to my late mother," Cook says. "But my mother wasn't anywhere as confident and rambunctious as Hetty--or, indeed, Patricia Routledge!"

Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, Series 2
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, Series 3
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, Series 4
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: Series 5

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