Hetty Wainthropp Investigates
Patricia Routledge is perhaps better known as the snobbish and insufferable Hyacinth Bucket from “Keeping Up Appearances”. In Hetty Wainthropp Investigates , she stars as Hetty, a retired Lancastrian housewife, who with assistant Geoffrey (played by a young Dominic Monaghan) has a detective agency. The series was made between 1996 and 1998 and has been repeated on the BBC over the Christmas period.
In this episode, Hetty is called upon to investigate various happenings on a housing estate. The neighbours seem to be terrorised by a gang but the identity is being kept quiet. Hetty pretends to be the sister-in-law of one of the residents and joins the quilting circle in order to hear the latest gossip. She adopts a not very convincing Irish accent and can not sew very well. She uncovers the fact that the culprits drive a white van but always get away with their crimes.
Geoffrey attempts to put up a shed for his “aunty” with a local boy (played by Coronation Street’s Tyrone – Alan Halsall). The boy has seen the gang setting fire to various properties but has been scared to come forward. Geoffrey tries to get friendly with the girl in the chipshop but is taken off in the white van and beaten up. Eventually the culprit is caught, but the programme keeps you guessing as to how Hetty manages to upstage the Police.
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates can be described as a comedy crime thriller and ran for 4 series.