Dame Patricia Routledge (Keeping Up Appearances) stars as Hetty Wainthropp, a retired working-class woman from Darwen in North West England, who has a knack for jumping to conclusions and solving crimes of varying bafflement which often are too minor to concern the police.
During a visit to childhood friend Edith, retired housewife Hetty Wainthropp discovers that her husband, Frank, has a son by a previous marriage. Hetty decides to turn amateur detective to trace him. When this gives her a taste for detection, Hetty decides to set up a private detective agency.
S1E1: THE BEARDED LADY
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 8pm ET/5 PT
Hetty’s part-time job in the Post Office leads to an investigation of pension fraud, which begins with the uncovering of the death of a bag lady. But was it an accident?
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 8pm ET/5 PT
Hetty and Robert investigate the case of a missing bird watcher.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 8pm ET/5 PT
While on holiday with Robert in Italy, Hetty takes on new clients, who claim their son, who lives in the UK, has been kidnapped by the Mafia who have been sending his fingers to them.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 8pm ET/5 PT
Robert receives news that his Uncle Albert, a former footballer and his childhood hero, has been found dead from an apparent suicide. Refusing to believe it, Hetty discovers the village where he lived used to have witches. Is there a connection?
S1E5: A HIGH PROFILE
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 8pm ET/5 PT
Hetty helps a distressed mother to find her schizophrenic son who is in need of his medication.
S1E6: SAFE AS HOUSES
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 8pm ET/5 PT
An old acquaintance asks Hetty to track down her missing foster daughter who may be responsible for a series of local arson attacks.
S2E1: POISON PEN
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 8pm ET/5 PT
Basking in a glow of publicity from their last successful job, the agency has more work than it can handle. While Hetty tries to help a stricken village, can Robert and Geoffrey conduct their own case?
S2E2: LOST CHORDS
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 8pm ET/5 PT
It’s the 50th anniversary of the Blainthorp Music Festival and there is fierce competition to be chosen as the Golden Voice. Suddenly the finalists start losing their voices – and Hetty must find out why.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 8pm ET/5 PT
The Mayor of Titterslow wants Hetty to find his daughter, but there must be no publicity and no police. Hetty discovers where Susan planned to go, but she hasn’t arrived. Why not, and who is with her?
S2E4: THE ASTRAL PLANE
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 8pm ET/5 PT
DCI Adams approaches Hetty with a case he cannot follow up: a spiritualist appears to be blackmailing her clients. Disguised as a grieving widow, Hetty isn’t prepared for what she hears.
S2E5: A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 8pm ET/5 PT
Gillian’s family are convinced that Lester Rose wants to marry her for her money. Hetty has one week to find out if his intentions are honourable.
S2E6: WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 8pm ET/5 PT
Hetty goes undercover as a “battered wife”.