Hetty Wainthropp Investigates

Season 1 Episode 1

The Bearded Lady

Aired Wednesday 9:30 PM Jan 03, 1996 on BBC
out of 10
User Rating
4 votes

By TV.com Users

Write A Review

Episode Summary

The Bearded Lady
Hetty Waintthropp is annoyed at the cards celebrating her sixtieth birthday – they all offer her well wishes for "joining the club" of senior citizens and old-age pensioners, even though she's not entitled to a pension. Determined to make something of herself, Hetty gets a job at the local post office, where she proves her mettle quite quickly by throwing out a troublemaking biker and chasing down a shoplifter.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
No results found.
No results found.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The closed captioning on the DVD will frequently butcher the dialogue, given the sometimes indistinct words and thick accents. We won't go into each incident, but let this be a warning that often times what the captions say aren't always what was actually said.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Geoffrey just stole money from the post office)
      Hetty: Children in Need, how could you?
      Geoffrey: I'm a child, I'm in need. I'm just speeding up the procedure.
      Hetty: What's your name?
      Geoffrey: Mickey Mouse.

    • Hetty: If you don't follow your star, you'll never hit the jackpot.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Throughout the episode, newspapers and people who discuss Hetty's business as an investigator frequently call her an "old age pensioner," despite Hetty's insistince that she gets no government assistance.

    • During the course of the series, you will find many subtle likenesses between Hetty and actress Patricia Routledge's other famous character Hyacinth Bucket (Bouquet) of Keeping Up Appearances. A good example of this is Hetty's control over the shopping in the supermarket.

    • This episode aired on PBS as a 2-hour pledge drive special.