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Woman of the Year 

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Hetty goes undercover as a battered wife in an isolated shelter after an abused woman is accidentally killed fleeing her husband under questionable circumstances.


David Giles


John Bowen (series creator), John Bowen | 1 more credit »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Routledge ... Hetty Wainthropp
Derek Benfield ... Robert
Dominic Monaghan ... Geoffrey
John Graham-Davies John Graham-Davies ... D.C.I. Adams (as John Graham Davies)
Rachel Davies ... Myra
Amelia Bullmore ... Karen
Maxine Burth Maxine Burth ... Ruth
Sarah Flind ... Noreen
Julie Riley Julie Riley ... Delia
Harriette Ashcroft Harriette Ashcroft ... Sharon
Danielle da Costa Danielle da Costa ... Trudi (as Danielle Da Costa)
Rosalind Adams Rosalind Adams ... Angie
Chris Hargreaves Chris Hargreaves ... Gary
Tim Dantay Tim Dantay ... Peter Parmenter
Irene Sutcliffe Irene Sutcliffe ... Helen Rance


An abused wife has been placed in an isolated country shelter for battered women, but when she is surprised in town by her estranged husband and is killed accidentally by a van when she flees. DCI Adams considers it was no coincidence that he knew where to find her, but can't prove conspiracy in her death. After Hetty accidentally falls down the stairs and gets a nasty facial bruise, he persuades her to go undercover as a battered wife at the home and try to uncover the truth about the fatal accident. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Release Date:

10 January 1997 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Darwen, Lancashire, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

BBC-TV Productions See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Hetty and Robert dance, they are humming the show's theme song. See more »


Geoffrey Shawcross: [to Robert] I'm a professional. Got to take the rough with the smooth.
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Woman of the Year goes undercover.
18 January 2020 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Hetty's up for Lancashire Woman of The Year, but a trip down the stairs sees her black eyed, her appearance fits the bill for a case, in a woman's refuge, to discover how a young woman died.

It's a quite serious story, despite the often mix of light hearted moments. You could imagine the biggest betrayal for a woman in a refuge could be another woman. It's an impressive series finale, despite Hetty's line of stand by to repel borders.

Actor Chris Hargreaves adds some real life villainy to the character of Gary, he's a little cartoon like, but fits the role. Rachel Davies was particularly good as the neurotic Myra. Agatha Christie fans will spot Irene Sutcliffe, who played Helen Rance, she appeared as Miss Gorange in Bertram's Hotel.

A particularly good episode. 9/10

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