Acclaimed actress Patricia Routledge (Keeping Up Appearances) brings her genius for wry comedy and warmhearted drama to the starring role in this popular series. Like an earthier Miss Marple, Hetty applies her seasoned intuition and fierce moral compass to the job of righting wrongs in England's towns and villages.
The late-blooming gumshoe's uncanny ability to blend in with her surroundings allows her to investigate people from all walks of life, from marauding hooligans to high-society brides. Detective Chief Inspector Adams has come to rely on Hetty for sensitive cases. Hetty is flattered but clearly states her limits: "No sex scandals, no divorce, no drug running, and no industrial espionage." Still, she finds plenty of excitement in these nine new cases solved with the help of her young assistant, Geoffrey (Dominic Monaghan, Lost, The Lord of the Rings trilogy), and devoted husband, Robert (Derek Benfield, Rumpole of the Bailey). 9 mysteries, 3 DVDs, approx. 71/2 hours.
Episode One: All Stitched Up
A teenage pyromaniac is terrorizing a neighborhood, but the police are stymied by frightened victims refusing to testify against him. Posing as the Irish sister-in-law of one of the residents, Hetty infiltrates the local quilting circle to get the lowdown.
Episode Two: Daughter of the Regiment
A military wife hires Hetty to identify a mysterious photographer who is stalking the woman's daughter and the daughter's fiance. Tipped that an Australian is involved, Hetty and Geoffrey go undercover as "Aussies."
Episode Three: Serving the Community
A leader of the local Indian community recruits Hetty to investigate a string of muggings, and then Hetty herself is mugged. The plot thickens when Robert becomes the unwitting recipient of stolen goods.
Episode Four: Fisticuffs
After a minor fender-bender involving two women, one attacks the other and then zips off in her red Alfa Romeo. The battered victim asks Hetty to help identify her assailant. Geoffrey tracks down the Alfa and a witness.
Episode Five: Childsplay
A quick visit to relatives turns into a longer stay for Hetty when her young nephew gets expelled from school for drug possession. Sure the boy is being framed, Hetty enlists Geoffrey to infiltrate a gang led by a schoolyard bully called Bomber.
Episode Six: Pursuit by Proxy
Hetty gets hired to track down a bankrupt furniture-store owner who has bilked her neighbor. Hetty's meddling brother-in-law, Frank, has come to stay and insists on "helping" in the agency while Robert is visiting their son in Australia.
Episode Seven: A Minor Operation
While Hetty is in the hospital for treatment of her varicose veins, DCI Adams is there keeping an eye on an ailing prisoner. Hetty goes into action from her hospital bed when a young nurse accuses Adams of sexual harassment.
Episode Eight: Helping Hansi
A German pensioner asks Hetty to track down his sister, whom he last saw during the war as she was escaping to England. When Hetty visits him in the residential home where he lives, she discovers that Hansi has a more urgent problem.
Episode Nine: How Time Flies
Frank finally takes his leave and treats Hetty to a day out on a local steam railway as a parting gift. A frantic call from a client who believes he is in terrible danger makes it a working trip.
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 441 minutes
Format: Full screen
Number of Discs: 3
Color or B&W: Color
CC: Yes, main program only
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
"Routledge...[is] magic as Hetty." --USA Today