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Editorial Reviews

This set comprises all four series of the mystery's broadcast run, but does not include the made-for-television movie Missing Persons

“Delightful” —USA Today
“A lighthearted take on the whodunit” —The Boston Globe
“Routledge…[is] magic as Hetty.” —USA Today
“A treat” —USA Today

Patricia Routledge stars as the unlikely sleuth

All 27 episodes of the beloved BBC detective series seen on public television

Acclaimed actress Patricia Routledge (Keeping Up Appearances) brings her genius for wry comedy and warmhearted drama to the role of housewife-turned-private-investigator Hetty Wainthropp. 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. With the support of her teenaged sidekick, Geoffrey (Dominic Monaghan, Lost, The Lord of the Rings trilogy), and devoted husband, Robert (Derek Benfield, Rumpole of the Bailey), she grows from a most unlikely sleuth into an experienced and respected detective.

This collection captures Hetty’s sleuthing career in one set—including episodes not seen on the PBS Mystery! broadcast. Her old-fashioned common sense and unfailing compassion make Hetty a detective to be reckoned with—and to cherish.

Episodes previously released on DVD


Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 12
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 11, 2014
  • Run Time: 1350 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GD7UO4G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,220 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Jon Wynne on April 14, 2014
It is wonderful that Acorn has chosen to re-release (with closed captioning) the terrific Patricia Routledge series from the mid-nineties: HETTY WAINTHROPP INVESTIGATES.

Routledge is best-known for her work in Keeping Up Appearances, a program which seems to be endlessly repeated, usually on PBS. Her Hyacinth Bucket (“It’s pronounced bouquet!”) is a masterpiece of comedic acting, a woman who perceives herself to be much higher on the social ladder than she really is.

There is a thread that connects Keeping Up Appearances with HETTY WAINTHROPP INVESTIGATES. Hetty is a sixty year old pre-pensioner who simply refuses to give in to old age and the perceptions that society in general has of those who are “put out to pasture”.

Through an extraordinary series of low-key events, Hetty has an epiphany: she is “meant” to be a detective. At an age when most people are winding down in life, she has discovered her “gift” and is just beginning to live. She is re-born.

Adding immensely to the show’s success is Hetty’s friendship/ mentoring of Geoffrey, a late teen who is badly in need of some stable direction in his life. It is a fresh take on the detective/ sidekick relationship that is made believable by Routledge refusing to play Hetty as a know-it-all, but rather as a nurturing caregiver who genuinely cares for her young charge. She is also passionately vocal about the role of older people in society and is not afraid to tear a strip off anyone who thinks otherwise.

Hetty’s husband, Robert, completes the unlikely triangle, quietly expressing his doubt at first but gradually becoming significantly supportive as he struggles to understand the needs of his spouse.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 18, 2014
I've only discovered this past treasure. My wife and I loved it, partly because we are Hetty-age.
When Hetty turns 60 she decides to account for more than a senior citizen> That role she rejects. She and spouse, Robert, are passionate, in love, sometimes with friction. Hetty catches a needy shoplifter teen, Geoffrey, and the stage is set for their many adventure--27 to be exact. Hetty loathes dishonesty and coerces Geoffrey to help solve mysteries of crime. It's not hard, gritty, dark, or bloody, but a family-viewable crime mystery series for all ages. Comes with plenty of humor with Lancashire country mystery and scenic views.

A Pvt.Eye team as heartwarming as case-successful.
Regulars: Hetty Wainthropp (Patricia Routledge -`Keeping Up Appearances'); Robert (Derek Benfield -loved him in the early days of `Rumpole of the Bailey'); Geoffrey (Dominic Monaghan -`Lord of the Rings'); DCI Adams (John Graham-Davies); Janet (Suzanne Maddock -"The Bill"). Tons of seasoned guest stars.

Closed Captioning for all episodes. Set includes a bonus interview.
This fun mystery/crime series needs NO warnings on the DVD box. That's a plus for many home viewers. Refreshing entertainment on the lighter, not darker, side.
Each of the 4 included series is also available separately, in case you already own some this complete collection. I included episode synopsis on the separate Hetty DVD listings.
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: Series 1
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By June L. on February 3, 2014
Having watched Patricia Routledge for years as Hyacinth Bouquet on Keeping Up Appearances, I knew we were in for a treat when our PBS station announced the arrival of Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. I was not wrong, and from the very first episode we were intrigued by Hetty, who at sixty decides NOT to fall into retirement, but to make her life matter. She discovers that she is a Natural Detective (the resident scientist says "busybody" but I disagree.) She is able to see through artificial behavior, to piece together clues and solve crimes, even grisly murders. As is often the case with PBS stations, the funds our station was dependent on were never enough to get all the good shows, and we missed several seasons of Hetty. Now in this reissue of the collection from Acorn Media, we can enjoy every episode. For fans of THE LORD OF THE RINGS and LOST, Hetty's assistant in her detective business is a youthful Dominic Monaghan.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John H. Bertram on December 7, 2014
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We watched the entire series in just over a week. We were sorry to see it end! Patricia Routledge is a very gifted actress. We didn't know she was such a great singer and dancer. We found ourselves just relaxing and letting the storys unfold. ALL the character, as is the uniqueness of British comedy, were real people. Such characters! We have watched Mrs. Bucket (sorry, Bouquet) over and over but this series is actually better.

At this low price, it is areal bargain. do yourself a favour, and order it. You will love Hetty's antics.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dana L. Packman on April 11, 2014
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I saw a few Hetty Wainthrop Investigates on our local PBS station. They were always well done. I always wanted more when they were replaced by some other "Mystery" on the PBS channel we got. Getting the complete set now means I can watch them all whenever I want and as often as I want without having to wait for the local PBS to schedule them and show them.
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