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Mystery!; Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, Series II: Poison Pen

Hetty Wainthropp, Series II, Episode 1: Poison Pen

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Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, Series II: Poison Pen
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Premiered in 1980 -- offshoot of MASTERPIECE THEATRE. Showcase for the best of British drama in the mystery genre. Current producer, Rebecca Eaton. See individual episode titles for more information. Host: 1980: Gene Shalit; 1981-1989: Vincent Price; 1989-present: Diana Rigg Series release date: 1980

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The fledgling Wainthropp Detective Agency is suffering from growing pains; "We've become too successful -- that's the problem," Hetty complains. With new job offers pouring in, Hetty accepts the challenge of proving the innocence of Helga Allowby (Sue Johnston), a reclusive older woman accused of sending "poison pen" letters to the residents of her village. The letters, which threaten to expose villagers' darkest secrets, have already sent one couple packing and are the root cause of the local schoolmaster's attempted suicide. Hoping to penetrate the mistrust that pervades the village, Hetty goes undercover as Tara "Rocks Are M' Specialty" Hall, a footloose painter. But when she receives her own "poison pen" letters, Hetty begins to suspect her employer is either holding out on her -- or, in fact, holding the pen.

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Eaton, Rebecca (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Mystery!; Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, Series II: Poison Pen,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 26, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A4B7FCB146B443ED94561AD3EE666C05.
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APA: Mystery!; Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, Series II: Poison Pen. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A4B7FCB146B443ED94561AD3EE666C05
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