Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, Series 2 (reissue)
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“A lighthearted take on the whodunit” —The Boston Globe
Patricia Routledge stars as the unlikely sleuth
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 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
Previously released on DVD
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.35 x 0.55 inches; 4.8 Ounces
- Item model number : 28930491
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
- Run time : 4 hours and 56 minutes
- Release date : February 11, 2014
- Actors : Patricia Routledge, Dominic Monaghan, John Graham Davies, Derek Benfield
- Studio : ACORN MEDIA
- ASIN : B00GHH9HHW
- Number of discs : 1
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The first two episodes of Series 2 were POISON PEN and LOST CHORDS were painstakingly slow moving and dull. In POISON PEN, people in a small village are getting very nasty anonymous letters and in LOST CHORDS, finalists in a singing competition are mysteriously losing their voices. Not very exciting stuff. Production values at times seemed low. It felt like a very low budget TV production.
The good news is things picked up with the third episode NOT ALL THERE. A man and woman with learning disabilities have run off together for holiday and they end up in a lonely cottage with a big secret. The episode was tastefully down and treated the two people with dignity and respect. Now my interest was caught. Here was a story that was fresh and different
ASTRAL PLANE allows Hetty to investigate a psychic? Is she for real or just eating up the savings of lonely pensioners. In A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME, is the mysterious photographer of mature women out for their fortunes? Finally in episode 6, Hetty investigates the death of a woman who had been living in a home for abused women.
For the most part the stories are very basic and the writing is inspired. Hetty is no Miss Marple but is fun to watch Hetty investigating investigating what may or may not be a crime. It's hard not to think of Hetty as a toned-down Hyacinth Bucket in her best dresses, capes and hat.
The real charm here is the relationship between Hetty and Geoffrey played by a teenage Dominic Monaghan (LORD OF THE RINGS and LOST). The talent in this young actor is very clear and he follows his role with fun and enthusiasm. Geoffrey has great facial features and he learns to be a detective--an idispensable aid to Hetty.
Hetty's husband Robert helps as rather inept investigator. His role seems unnecessary. It's the Hetty and Geoffrey team that has all the charm.
This is a very mild, light-hearted detective series. No violent crimes. Nothing Graphic. Just a few mysteries that need to be solved. Hetty's rates are down right bargain basement. She's doing this work for fun and to help people. Not a bad cause.
I enjoyed a few of these episodes of Series Two but won't rush out to see the other years' episode. It wasn't exciting entertainment but the series is pleasant. It's always nice to get to see the beautiful English countryside and villages.
Who would you turn to if someone was sullying your name with poison pen letters? Miss Marple handled a case involving poison pen letters, and other detectives like Barnaby have handled similar problems, but usually, the letter is a blackmail letter and the person involved becomes a murder victim. The letter(s) is usually typed on a typewriter with a funny key.(Computer software can be traced too, as we discovered in last year's presidential election campaign). Hetty doesn't handle murder cases. Or does she? How did the young woman staying at a shelter end up dead when her husband found her? And, who revealed her whereabouts? How can Hetty. having been named woman of the year, show up at the dinner honoring her, and explain the bruises dished out by her perhaps not so affectionate husband Robert?
Whether the client is the intended victim of a `Rose by another name', the father of a runaway teenager, or the daughter of a woman entranced by a medium, Hetty and her sidekick Jeffrey, to say nothing of husband Robert, and brother-in-law Frank, will solve the case.
These mysteries are not complex, they are cosy. I love Hetty and I wish PBS would air all the episodes the BBC made.
Volume 3 Disc 3 Episode Woman Of The Year will not play. It keeps bouncing to episode in front of it.