Hetty Wainthrop Investigates: Series 2

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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. The Wainthropp Detective Agency builds on earlier successes as Hetty, her husband, Robert (Derek Benfield, Rumpole of the Bailey), and teenaged sidekick, Geoffrey (Dominic Monaghan, Lost, The Lord of the Rings trilogy), grow in expertise and confidence. In these six further adventures, they come face-to-face with murderers, saboteurs, and charlatans of all types, while never shrinking from danger or losing their moxie.
    Includes two episodes not seen on the PBS Mystery! broadcast
    BONUS Production notes. 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. The Wainthropp Detective Agency builds on earlier successes as Hetty, her husband, Robert (Derek Benfield, Rumpole of the Bailey), and teenaged sidekick, Geoffrey (Dominic Monaghan, Lost, The Lord of the Rings trilogy), grow in expertise and confidence. In these six further adventures, they come face-to-face with murderers, saboteurs, and charlatans of all types, while never shrinking from danger or losing their moxie.
    Includes two episodes not seen on the PBS Mystery! broadcast
    BONUS Production notes. Episode One: Poison Pen
    Suspicion and fear pervade a local village after residents begin receiving anonymous letters containing threats to expose their darkest secrets. The prime suspect, a self-described “repressed spinster,” hires Hetty to clear her name.
    Episode Two: Lost Chords
    When contestants at the Blainthorp Music Festival begin losing their singing voices, the sponsor hires Hetty to find out why, but she has to work fast. She only has five days to save the festival.
    Episode Three: Not All There (Runaways)
    The mayor of Titterslow wants Hetty to find his missing daughter, but the mayor and his wife insist that the investigation be kept quiet: no publicity and no police. It soon becomes clear where the girl was headed but not why she never arrived.
    Episode Four: The Astral Plane
    To expose a spiritualist she suspects of preying on the recently widowed, Hetty goes to a séance undercover, inventing a dead husband she hopes to contact. She begins to believe, until a woman shows up claiming to be her invented husband’s daughter.
    Episode Five: A Rose by Any Other Name
    The children of a well-to-do widow hire Hetty to investigate their mother’s fiancé, an apparent roué they worry is only after her money. As she delves into his past, Hetty makes discoveries to both support and refute their suspicions.
    Episode Six: Woman of the Year
    When an insider leaks the location of a secret women’s shelter, a fatal attack ensues. Sent to the shelter as an undercover agent, Hetty learns the terrifying realities of spousal abuse and rallies the women to defend themselves.