Hetty Wainthropp Investigates

What’s old is new again, as the saying goes.  I find that especially true in fashion and movie ideas, “Get Smart”, “Bewitched” and “The Flintstones” to name a few.   Beginning this week a familiar face comes to our Thursday night mysteries.  Patricia Routledge, best know to BritCom fans as Hyacinth Bucket on “Keeping up Appearances”, mixes it up a bit and takes on crime solving in “Hetty Wainthropp Investigates”.   Joining Routledge, is Derek Benfield as Hetty’s husband Robert, and from “Lord of the Rings” fame, Dominic Monaghan as Hetty’s young crime solving assistant Geoff.

“Hetty Wainthropp Investigates” originally aired in Britain on the BBC from 1996 to 1998.  Eventually it did find its way over here to America as part of the “Masterpiece Mystery” series of programs.   The series is based on characters from the 1986 novel Missing Persons by David Cook. The incidents in Cook’s book were inspired by his own mother’s real-life experiences.

Hetty Wainthropp is a retired working-class woman in North West England.  She has this knack for jumping to conclusions, sounds a bit like Hyacynth to me,  and solving crimes the police tend to treat as trivial.  This week Hetty joins the neighborhood sewing circle to get the lowdown on a teenage pyromaniac who is terrorizing the neighborhood.

“Hetty Wainthropp Investigates” airs Thursday’s at 10:00pm on WOSU TV.  Encore presentations can be seen on Sunday’s at 8:00pm on WOSU TV.