Hetty Wainthrop Investigates: Series 1

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  • Acclaimed actress Patricia Routledge (Keeping Up Appearances) brings her genius for wry comedy and warmhearted drama to the starring role as a housewife turned detective in this popular series. Life as a private detective begins at 60 for this sprightly Lancashire housewife. Instead of winding down as her husband, Robert (Derek Benfield, Rumpole of the Bailey), expects, she’s just getting started. Hetty takes a job to make ends meet and accidentally discovers her natural gift for sleuthing. In these first six episodes, she finds an eager sidekick in destitute teenager Geoffrey Shawcross (Dominic Monaghan, Lost, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and puts her sensible pumps to the pavement in search of mysteries to solve.
    Includes two episodes not seen on the PBS Mystery! broadcast
    BONUS Interview with Patricia Routledge (26 min.) and photo gallery. Acclaimed actress Patricia Routledge (Keeping Up Appearances) brings her genius for wry comedy and warmhearted drama to the starring role as a housewife turned detective in this popular series. Life as a private detective begins at 60 for this sprightly Lancashire housewife. Instead of winding down as her husband, Robert (Derek Benfield, Rumpole of the Bailey), expects, she’s just getting started. Hetty takes a job to make ends meet and accidentally discovers her natural gift for sleuthing. In these first six episodes, she finds an eager sidekick in destitute teenager Geoffrey Shawcross (Dominic Monaghan, Lost, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and puts her sensible pumps to the pavement in search of mysteries to solve.
    Includes two episodes not seen on the PBS Mystery! broadcast
    BONUS Interview with Patricia Routledge (26 min.) and photo gallery.
    At 60, Hetty refuses to become a sedentary senior citizen. She wants to count for something and make some money, since she doesn’t have a pension of her own. A job at the post office—and her keen powers of observation—awaken her gift for sleuthing.
    Episode Two: Eye Witness
    A young man who can neither hear nor speak disappears, and his frantic parents turn to Hetty for help finding him. Is it significant that he disappeared on the day he was to meet his mail-order Thai bride?
    Episode Three: Fingers
    The owners of an Italian inn receive a horrifying package and fear for the safety of their son, who is studying English in Manchester. Luckily, one of the inn’s guests is the vacationing sleuth Hetty Wainthropp.
    Episode Four: Widdershins
    Hetty and Robert travel to Readsby, a small village where Robert’s revered uncle, a former professional soccer player, has apparently committed suicide. But Hetty doesn’t believe it was suicide and suspects the involvement of some sinister villagers.
    Episode Five: A High Profile
    A mother concerned for the welfare of her mentally ill son hires Hetty to find him. Frustrated when her search runs dry, Hetty determines she must forget logic and try to get into the young man’s disordered mind.
    Episode Six: Safe as Houses
    Hetty looks for a troubled teen with a history of setting fires who has disappeared amid a series of local arson attacks. A newspaper photo provides an unlikely break, and Geoffrey dresses in drag to wrap it up.