Hetty Feather (TV series)

Hetty Feather is a British children's drama series, based on the novel of the same name by Jacqueline Wilson. Set in the Victorian era, it focuses on the life of the title character who was abandoned as a baby, lives first in a Foundling Hospital in London, and later works as a maid for a rich family in their home. The first series aired from 11 May 2015 to 6 July 2015. The series began airing in the United States on BYUtv in 2018.[1] The show concluded with a three-part special which served as the series' sixth and final season.[2]

Hetty Feather
Hetty Feather Title Card.jpg
GenreHistorical Drama
Developed byHelen Blakeman
Directed by
Theme music composerAndy Price
ComposerAndy Price
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series6
No. of episodes55
Executive producersFoz Allan (Series 1)
Alison Davis (Series 2–6)
ProducerDavid Collier
Running time28 minutes
Production companyCBBC
Original networkCBBC
Picture format576i
Original release11 May 2015 (2015-05-11) –
15 April 2020 (2020-04-15)


The series revolves around Hetty Feather, who was abandoned as a baby at the Foundling Hospital. She and her foster brother Gideon Smeed were fostered for a while by Peg Cotton, but when they turned 5, they had to return to the Foundling Hospital.

The series is set during 1887 and filmed at Cobham Hall, Cobham, Kent and The Historic Dockyard Chatham with The Maidstone Studios as their production base for Series 2 and 3. During series 3, filming moved to Belmont House in Faversham, Kent to double as Calendar Hall, which features from Series 3 to 6.[3]



† marks that the character is now deceased.

Main charactersEdit

Character Actor Duration Series
Hetty Feather Isabel Clifton 1x01–6x03 Series 1–6
Gideon Smeed Dasharn Anderson
Sheila Ormsby Polly Allen 1x01–5x01, 5x09–6x03
Matron Gertrude Bottomly Eva Pope 1x01–3x10, 4x04, 5x11–5x12, 6x02–6x03
Harriet Summers Ava Merson-O'Brien 1x01–3x08, 6x01–6x03 Series 1–3, 6
Mathias Grigg Gus Barry
Donald Cranbourne Matthew Ashforde 1x01–3x08, 6x02–6x03
Walter Brittle Aaron Niles
Ned David Knight
Vince Rickard Redmand Rance 1x01–3x08, 4x06, 6x02 Series 1–4, 6
Judd Mortimer Joshua Langley 1x01–3x08, 6x02–6x03 Series 1–3, 6
Mary Crane/Emily Prestwick Trixiebelle Harrowell 1x01–1x09 Series 1
Polly Renfrew Eleanor Worthington Cox 1x01–2x02 Series 1–2
Monica Clackett † Izzy Lee 1x01–2x06
Elizabeth Flounder Isabelle Allen 1x01–3x06 Series 1–3
Nurse Macclesfield Susan McArdle 1x01–3x08, 6x01–6x03 Series 1–3, 6
Nurse Winterson/Mrs Clark Rosalyn Wright 1x01–3x08, 6x03
Cook Jenkins Wendi Peters 1x03, 2x01–2x02, 2x10–3x08 Series 1–3
Ida Battersea Gemma Whelan 2x01–3x01, 3x05, 3x10 Series 2–3
Blanche Newbold Blaise Allan 2x05–3x03
Rosamund Calendar † Georgina Strawson 3x07–6x01 Series 3–6
George Calendar Mark Frost 3x07, 3x09–4x10, 5x12–6x03
Mrs Penhaligon Nina Wadia 3x09–3x10 Series 3
Agnes Fern Deacon 3x09–6x03 Series 3–6
Jack Stuart Campbell 3x09–5x12, 6x02
Edwin Calendar Hugo Cracknell 3x09–6x03
Emily Calendar Orla Hill 3x09–4x10 Series 3–4
Constance Calendar Tabitha Byron 3x09–6x03 Series 3–6
Mrs Whittock Kate Williams 4x01–4x07 Series 4
Lady Grenford Georgie Glen 4x01–4x10, 5x03–6x03 Series 4–6
Mrs Brody Rhea Bailey 4x01–4x10 Series 4
Lizzie India Brown 4x03–6x03 Series 4–6
Robert Grenford Ben Radcliffe 4x04, 4x07–4x08 Series 4
Samuel Buscombe Jack Wolfe 4x06–4x10
Ashok Jairaj Varsani 5x01–5x10 Series 5
Ambrose Steve John Shepherd 5x02–5x10
Flo Rhianna Merralls 5x02–5x12

Guest and recurring charactersEdit

Character Actor Duration Series
Colonel Rupert Brigwell Christopher Villiers 1x01–3x08, 4x04 Series 1–4
Arthur Ewan Harris 1x01–1x04 Series 1
Jack Eliot Carrington
Young Hetty Jocelyn MacNab 1x01–1x02, 1x05, 2x01 Series 1–2
Young Gideon Jordan Anthony Nash[4]
Peg Nicola Stuart-Hill
Young Jem Louis Healy
Young Polly Kitty Peterkin 1x01–1x02 Series 1
Doctor Mallory Danny Horn
Arthur Prestwick Paul Buillion 1x08–1x09
Hannah Prestwick Sophia Di Martino
Madame Adeline Sukie Smith 1x09–1x10
Jack Black Jordan Coulson 1x03
Jem Ted Reilly 1x05, 2x03 Series 1–2
Joe Mason
Annie Bottomly Jo-Anne Knowles 1x05 Series 1
Eliza Lexie Benbow-Hart 1x05, 2x03–2x04 Series 1–2
Isabelle Embleton
Mr Cooper Michael Burgess 1x05 Series 1
Mr. Jacob Melrose Bob Golding 1x06, 2x04 Series 1–2
Sgt. Cragg David Kirkbride 1x07 Series 1
Charlie Alfie Davis
Lady Asquith Helen Grace 1x08, 2x01, 2x07–2x10 Series 1–2
Lord Upton Colin Hoult 1x09 Series 1
Charlotte Upton Holly J. Barrett
Floss Guppy Sarah Rayson Sx01 Special (2016)
Tyler Lewis Miles Butler Hughton
Toni Trent Nelly Currant
Billie Trent Gwen Currant
May-Li Wang Stacy Liu
Agnes Didcott Sophia Capasso 2x01 Series 2
Baby Hazel Darcey and Savannah Corbett
Minister Jonathan Cann
Stan Pollard McKell David 2x01–2x03–2x06
Mr McCartney Michael Higgs 2x02
Mrs McCartney Natasha Sparkes
Clara Jessie Mae Alonzo 2x03–2x04
Rev Cranbourne Pip Torrens 2x04
Mr Overton Simeon Willis 2x06
Mr Sutton Dan Tetsell
Dr Kate Webster Belinda Stewart-Wilson 2x07
Collins Paul Brown 2x07–2x09
Mr Deerheart Ajay Chhabra 2x09
Sissy Jemima Bennett 3x01–3x02 Series 3
Somerstown Porter Daniel Hawksford 3x01
Miss Sarah Smith Ann Mitchell 3x01–3x05
Kit Tut Nyuot 3x01–3x02, 3x09–3x10
Bobby Wilson Radjou-Pujalte
Constable Clarke Louis Tamone 3x01–3x08
Mr Alf Brumsden David Schaal 3x01–3x04, 3x07–3x10
Lil India Jazz 3x01–3x02
Ludgate Porter Nathan Clough 3x02
Jess Mercy Gaiger 3x02–3x03, 3x10
Doctor Bridges Adam Astill 3x05
Annabelle Bridges Amy Jayne
Delivery Man Matt Dineen
Charlie Wil Johnson 3x06
William Calendar Arlo River Rex Oluban Warner 4x01–6x01 Series 4–6
Mrs. Doughty Chizzy Akudolu 5x11 Series 5


Actor Character Series
1 2 3 4 5 6
Isabel Clifton Hetty Feather Main
Darsharn Anderson Gideon Smeed Main
Polly Allen Sheila Ormsby Main Recurring Main
Eva Pope Matron Gertrude Bottomly Main Recurring Main
Ava Merson-O'Brien Harriet Summers Main Main
Gus Barry Mathias Grigg Main Main
Matthew Ashforde Donald Cranbourne Main Guest
Aaron Niles Walter Brittle Main Guest
David Knight Ned Main Guest
Redmand Rance Vince Rickard Main Guest Guest
Joshua Langley Judd Mortimer Main Guest
Trixiebelle Harrowell Mary Crane Main
Eleanor Worthington Cox Polly Renfrew Main
Izzy Lee Monica Clackett Main
Isabelle Allen Elizabeth Flounder Main
Susan McArdle Nurse Macclesfield Main Guest
Rosalyn Wright Nurse Winterson/Mrs Clark Main Guest
Christopher Villiers Colonel Rupert Brigwell Recurring Guest
Wendi Peters Cook Jenkins Recurring
Helen Grace Lady Asquith Recurring
Gemma Whelan Ida Battersea Main Guest
Blaise Allan Blanche Newbold Main
Georgina Strawson Rosamund Calendar Main
Mark Frost George Calendar Main Guest Main
Fern Deacon Agnes Duffett Main
Stuart Campbell Jack Main Guest
Orla Hill Emily Calendar Main
Hugo Cracknell Edwin Calendar Main
Tabitha Bryon Constance Calendar Main
Kate Williams Mrs Whittock Main
Georgie Glen Lady Grenford Main
Rhea Bailey Mrs Brody Main
India Brown Lizzie Main
Jairaj Varsani Ashock Main
Steve John Shepherd Ambrose Main
Rihanna Merralls Flo Main


SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
11011 May 2015 (2015-05-11)6 July 2015 (2015-07-06)
Special25 March 2016 (2016-03-25)
21010 May 2016 (2016-05-10)12 July 2016 (2016-07-12)
3108 May 2017 (2017-05-08)10 July 2017 (2017-07-10)
4107 May 2018 (2018-05-07)9 July 2018 (2018-07-09)
5103 May 2019 (2019-05-03)1 July 2019 (2019-07-01)
Special12 December 2019 (2019-12-12)
6313 April 2020 (2020-04-13)15 April 2020 (2020-04-15)

Series 1 (2015)Edit

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11"The Escape (Part 1)"Paul WalkerHelen Blakeman11 May 2015 (2015-05-11)18 March 2018

In Victorian London foundlings Hetty Feather and Gideon Smeed are fostered by the Cotton family until the age of five when they are taken to the foundling hospital, run by the austere Matron Bottomly and separated into different wings for boys and girls. Having sworn that she would look after Gideon Hetty makes efforts to see him, meeting Mathias, an older boy who looks after Gideon and who plans to escape and run away to sea. Hetty helps Mathias craft a letter to the man who will facilitate this and plans to join him and other boys in an escape attempt. However, thanks to the She-Mob, a group of nasty girls who seek to ingratiate themselves with Matron, she fails to join the escapees. Following the discovery that three boys have gone the hospital is subject to an even harsher regime.

First Appearances: Hetty Feather, Gideon Smeed, Sheila Ormsby, Polly Renfrew, Harriet Summers, Elizabeth Flounder, Monica Clackett, Mathias Grigg, Matron Bottomly, Donald Cranbourne, Walter Brittle, Ned, Judd Mortimer, Nurse Winterson, Nurse Macclesfield, Mary Crane and Vince Rickard
22"The Escape (Part 2)"Paul WalkerHelen Blakeman11 May 2015 (2015-05-11)18 March 2018
In Victorian London foundlings Hetty Feather and Gideon Smeed are fostered by the Cotton family until the age of five when they are taken to the foundling hospital, run by the austere Matron Bottomly and separated into different wings for boys and girls. Having sworn that she would look after Gideon Hetty makes efforts to see him, meeting Mathias, an older boy who looks after Gideon and who plans to escape and run away to sea. Hetty helps Mathias craft a letter to the man who will facilitate this and plans to join him and other boys in an escape attempt. However, thanks to the She-Mob, a group of nasty girls who seek to ingratiate themselves with matron, she fails to join the escapees. Following the discovery that three boys have gone the hospital is subject to an even harsher regime.
33"The Tower"Paul WalkerHelen Blakeman18 May 2015 (2015-05-18)25 March 2018
Hetty tells her friends Harriet and Polly that it will soon be her and Gideon's birthdays as celebrated at the foster parents and, since the sexes are segregated, she must think of a way to meet Gideon for a celebration. When food is stolen from the kitchen Matron orders a lockdown but Hetty takes advantage of a rat infestation to get a message to Gideon and later, under the guise of helping the rat-catcher lay traps, she and her friends obtain access through the loft to a tower where they meet Gideon and his friends and establish their own den. Later that night the food thief is caught - it is Mathias who, having escaped, has returned to the hospital where he is hiding.
44"Jack in the box"Paul WalkerSophie Petzal25 May 2015 (2015-05-25)25 March 2018
Matron attempts to coerce a cowed Mathias into being her spy as she sets the orphans to work making toys, supposedly destined for charities though Gus discovers that she and tradesman Cooper are planning to sell them to stores for profit and leads the others in sabotaging the goods. They are almost caught but Mathias rescues them before explaining how he returned to the hospital to avoid being sold as a slave. Matron is angry when she sees the damaged toys but, as the children are falling ill due to lead paint, humane teacher Mr Cranbourne persuades her to stop her venture, pointing out that the governors would not be happy to know about her deal with a roguelike Cooper.
55"Sisters"Paul WalkerEmma Reeves1 June 2015 (2015-06-01)1 April 2018
A new foundling arrives, a little girl called Eliza, who was fostered with the same family as Hetty though Hetty is disappointed that her borrowed brother Jem seems to have forgotten her. Matron also receives a visitor, her kindly sister Annie, appalled that Matron will not visit their dying mother. When Eliza takes revenge on Matron by shredding her clothes Hetty takes the blame and is put in solitary but Annie discovers the real culprit and rescues Hetty, explaining that she and her sister were also raised in a workhouse, hence Matron's severe attitude. Thus Hetty has information to use against her enemy and is also cheered to find that Jem has not forgotten her at all.
66"Strike"Chloe ThomasSophie Petzal8 June 2015 (2015-06-08)1 April 2018
The foundlings must perform a hymn by composer Mr Melrose to sing at a charity lunch but they are bored by it so kindly Nurse Winterson teaches them a music hall song, with the result that Matron sacks her. Hetty, aware that the nurse is the sole provider for her invalid father, persuades the children to go on strike and refuse to sing at the lunch but Matron tries to call her bluff by threatening punishment. Fortunately, the children stage a concert of their own which so impresses Mr Melrose that he persuades Matron to reinstate Nurse Winterson.
77"Raising the Flag"Chloe ThomasHelen Blakeman & Emma Reeves15 June 2015 (2015-06-15)8 April 2018
The boys compete in a series of gruelling army tests in order to win a place out of the Foundling Hospital and into the big wide world as a drummer boy in the army. With Vince determined to beat his main rival Mathias, a bitter battle is set to turn nasty. Meanwhile, Hetty and Sheila are forced to work together in the infirmary as nurses tending to a sickly boy named Charlie. But will their rivalry get in the way of looking after the ailing patient?
88"Foundling Reclaimed"Chloe ThomasEmma Reeves22 June 2015 (2015-06-22)8 April 2018
A distraught couple have come to reclaim their child, but which foundling could it be? With Hetty determined to find out, someone could be leaving with the parents for good. But will Matron allow the foundling to be reclaimed without a fight? Meanwhile, Gideon plans on escaping in search of his parents, but Vince and Judd have other plans.
99"Open Day (Part 1)"Chloe ThomasHelen Blakeman29 June 2015 (2015-06-29)15 April 2018

It is open day at the Foundling Hospital. Hetty sees Madame Adeline there and thinks she could be her real mother, but Matron tasks Hetty with looking after Lord Upton's snooty daughter Charlotte. When it transpires that Matron has plans to send Hetty to India as Charlotte's maid, it seems Hetty's days as a foundling could be coming to an end. Will she ever find her mother again?

Last Appearance: Mary Crane
1010"Open Day (Part 2)"Chloe ThomasHelen Blakeman6 July 2015 (2015-07-06)15 April 2018
With Hetty finally escaped from the hospital in search of Madam Adeline, Matron is on the warpath and thinks she knows where to find the escaped girl. In the meantime, the gang come together to try to expose Matron's true intentions behind Hetty's planned trip to India. But can they get to the truth in time and will Cranbourne believe them?

Special (2016)Edit

After the end of the episode, The End Of It All in series 4, a five-minute crossover between The Dumping Ground and Hetty Feather aired on CBBC, titled A Special Dumping Ground Adventure. Its official title (according to CBBC Online) is Floss The Foundling and has instead used this title online and in subsequent TV airings.

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
Original air date
"Floss The Foundling"[5]Makalla McPherson[5]Matt Evans[5]25 March 2016 (2016-03-25)25 March 2016

When Floss has to do the vacuuming. she ruins a picture that Tyler, Billie and Toni work on when they don't want her help. Floss falls asleep on the sofa and ends up in the Foundling Hospital. She encounters Hetty Feather, who introduces Floss to the Foundling Hospital ways. Sheila and Elizabeth are mean towards Floss and Hetty gets Floss out of trouble with Matron Bottomly. Floss and Hetty make friends. When Floss wakes up, she draws a replacement picture.

Guest Starring: Sarah Rayson as Floss Guppy, Miles Butler-Hughton as Tyler Lewis, Gwen Currant as Billie Trent, Nelly Currant as Toni Trent and Stacy Liu as May-Li Wang.

Series 2 (2016)Edit

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111"Foundling Day"Chloe ThomasHelen Blakeman10 May 2016 (2016-05-10)22 April 2018

Hetty risks getting into serious trouble with Matron when she makes a desperate promise.

First Appearance: Ida Battersea
122"The Haunting"Chloe ThomasHelen Blakeman17 May 2016 (2016-05-17)22 April 2018

Hetty is shocked when a wealthy couple want to adopt one of her friends.

Last Appearance: Polly Renfrew
133"Words From Home"Chloe ThomasEmma Reeves24 May 2016 (2016-05-24)29 April 2018
Hetty has a surprise visitor with important news, but can she meet him without getting caught?
144"Changes"Chloe ThomasAbby Ajayi31 May 2016 (2016-05-31)29 April 2018
Gideon tells a lie, which gets Hetty into trouble, and Matron has mysteriously disappeared.
155"Blanche"Chloe ThomasMatt Evans7 June 2016 (2016-06-07)13 May 2018

Hetty is determined to discover what secret Matron is hiding in the basement.

First Appearance: Blanche Newbold
166"Remember Me"Delyth ThomasEmma Reeves14 June 2016 (2016-06-14)13 May 2018

A tragic accident brings Hetty and Sheila together to find the truth.

Last Appearance: Monica Clackett
177"Dreams"Delyth ThomasJoseph Lidster21 June 2016 (2016-06-21)20 May 2018
Hetty is excited when an explorer talks about her adventures, and there's a snake on the loose.
188"The Letters"Delyth ThomasRobin Mukherjee28 June 2016 (2016-06-28)20 May 2018
Hetty plays a practical joke on Matron that has frightening consequences for everyone.
199"Secrets and Plans"Delyth ThomasHelen Blakeman5 July 2016 (2016-07-05)27 May 2018
Hetty discovers news that will change her life forever.
2010"The Reunion"Delyth ThomasHelen Blakeman12 July 2016 (2016-07-12)27 May 2018
Will Hetty be able to keep the truth about her real mother a secret?

Series 3 (2017)Edit

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211"News From Nowhere"Delyth ThomasHelen Blakeman8 May 2017 (2017-05-08)16 September 2018

Hetty receives some news that makes her want to escape. After successfully doing so Hetty learns just how dangerous the streets of London can be.

Last Appearance: Ida Battersea
222"The Unexpected Friend"Delyth ThomasHelen Blakeman15 May 2017 (2017-05-15)16 September 2018
Hetty tries to join her mother only to learn that her mum could lose her job if they learn she had a child. As a result Hetty is forced to return to the Foundling Hospital. Meanwhile Matron learns of Hetty's hidden letters.
233"The Break In"Delyth ThomasVictoria Asare-Archer22 May 2017 (2017-05-22)23 September 2018

A street girl breaks into the hospital. Not wanting her to get into trouble, Hetty decides to disguise her as a foundling. However the Matron is on the prowl and wants the girl found at all costs.

Last Appearance: Blanche Newbold
244"Land of Opportunity"Reza MoradiAbby Ajayi29 May 2017 (2017-05-29)23 September 2018
Many foundlings fall ill. The gang decides to investigate the cause. Meanwhile Hetty decides to find the Matron's secret book and get her terminated.
255"Dangerous Game"Reza MoradiGareth Sergeant5 June 2017 (2017-06-05)30 September 2018

Vince blackmails Nurse Winterson so he can get special treatment. Meanwhile Hetty learns of a daring visit some of the foundlings are planning.

Note: Ida Battersea returns for this episode
266"Cannon Fodder"Reza MoradiRobin Mukherjee12 June 2017 (2017-06-12)30 September 2018

Hetty tries to help Nurse Winterson, but her help ends up landing an innocent man with the label of being a thief.

Last Appearance: Elizabeth Flounder
277"The Last Sunday"Reza MoradiJoseph Lidster19 June 2017 (2017-06-19)7 October 2018

Hetty tries to learn what Matron has planned for her. Meanwhile a fight amongst the boys gets out of hand when it spreads to some special visitors.

First Appearance: Rosamund Calendar and George Calendar
288"Farewell Service"Reza MoradiMatt Evans26 June 2017 (2017-06-26)7 October 2018

It's Hetty's and everyone else's last day at the foundling hospital and everyone will be moving on and Matron appears to have special ideas for Hetty – she locks her in the cellar. But Gideon and Sheila find he and rescue her. When everyone finds out that Matron did this, they call for the police to arrest her but she escapes. Hetty decides to go to posh Calendar Hall with Sheila and Gideon and brings Matron's book with her. Harriet and Matthias go to New York.

Absent: George Calendar

Last Appearances: Nurse Macclesfield, Nurse Winterson, Harriet Summers, Mathias Grigg, Ned, Vince Rickard, Walter Brittle, Donald Cranbourne and Judd Mortimer
299"New Beginnings"Delyth ThomasHelen Blakeman3 July 2017 (2017-07-03)14 October 2018

Hetty begins a new life at Calendar Hall and is prepared to become a maid there. Meanwhile, Matron, now on the run, plots how to find Hetty and get her book back. Hetty, Sheila and Gideon meet their housekeeper and maids : Agnes, Lady Whittock and Jack. They also meet Rosamund- Lady of Calendar hall, George and children: Emily, Edwin and Constance.

First Appearance: Agnes, Jack, Emily Calendar, Edwin Calendar and Constance Calendar
3010"The Past Returns"Delyth ThomasHelen Blakeman10 July 2017 (2017-07-10)14 October 2018

Hetty and Gideon try to rescue a kidnapped girl but comes face-to-face with Matron which ends with Matron going to prison. Hetty visits her Mum.

Last Appearance: Matron Bottomly

Note: Ida Battersea returns for this episode

Series 4 (2018)Edit

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311"The New Arrival"Reza MoradiHelen Blakeman7 May 2018 (2018-05-07)21 October 2018

Hetty discovers an explosive secret from Rosamund Calendar- she lost a baby years ago called Charles who she believes Matron may know of while Gideon fears he caused Edwin's life-threatening accident. Rosamund gives birth to another baby who she names William. New housekeeper Brodie arrives at Calendar Hall.

First Appearance: Lady Grenford, Mrs Brody, William Calendar and Mrs Whittock
322"Trouble"Reza MoradiRobin Mukherjee15 May 2018 (2018-05-15)21 October 2018
Hetty is forced to cover when Rosamund goes missing on the day of William's christening, while Gideon and Jack find themselves in muddy trouble.
333"Family"Reza MoradiVictoria Asare-Archer21 May 2018 (2018-05-21)28 October 2018

A new arrival at the Hall threatens Agnes and Sheila's jobs while Gideon falls out with Emily. Sheila struggles looking after Constance.

First Appearance: Lizzie
344"Prisons"Sallie AprahamianJoseph Lidster28 May 2018 (2018-05-28)28 October 2018

Hetty steels herself to face her old enemy, while Lady Grenford introduces the family to her handsome young grandson, Robert.

Note: Matron Bottomly returns for this episode
355"For Shame"Sallie AprahamianHilary Frankland4 June 2018 (2018-06-04)4 November 2018
Agnes's job is put at risk when her family secret is revealed, while Emily argues with her father about her future. Jack thinks Gideon has betrayed him.
366"Wolves"Sallie AprahamianGareth Sergeant11 June 2018 (2018-06-11)4 November 2018

Hetty and Gideon are shocked when a figure from their past turns up unexpectedly, while Lizzie is terrified by the story of a savage wolf boy on the grounds.

Note: Vince Rickard returns for this episode
377"Pride"Sallie AprahamianMatt Evans18 June 2018 (2018-06-18)11 November 2018

An accident in the kitchen forces Sheila to choose between loyalty to the cook and her own ambition, while Jack is stunned to discover the identity of a thief.

Last Appearance: Mrs Whittock
388"Fate"Sallie AprahamianJake Riddelt25 June 2018 (2018-06-25)11 November 2018
It's the day of the fair and Gideon makes a surprising discovery about Jack, while Hetty realises Mrs Brody is out to get her. Sheila and Constance battle to become the Festival Queen
399"Truth"Reza MoradiMatt Evans2 July 2018 (2018-07-02)18 November 2018
Hetty and Gideon search for proof of Jack's innocence, while Emily discovers Mr Buscombe has a secret - but is he telling the whole truth? Lady Grenford has a startling plan for Emily and Robert.
4010"The Birthday Party"Reza MoradiHelen Blakeman9 July 2018 (2018-07-09)18 November 2018

Hetty fights to reunite Rosamund with her long lost son, while Lady Grenford will stop at nothing to force Emily and Robert's engagement.

Last Appearance: Mrs Brody

Departed: Rosamund Calendar, William Calendar, George Calendar, Edwin Calendar, Emily Calendar, Constance Calendar and Lady Grenford

Series 5 (2019)Edit

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411"The Return"Jennie DarnellHelen Blakeman3 May 2019 (2019-05-03)22 September 2019

Hetty and the gang play a prank on Sheila, but it has disastrous consequences when a young Indian visitor named Ashok with a secret arrives to stay at Calendar Hall, Sheila gets angry at him, which leads to her getting sacked.

Departed: Sheila Ormsby

Returned: Rosamund Calendar, William Calendar, Constance Calendar and Edwin Calendar

First Appearance: Ashok
422"The Proposal"Jennie DarnellRobin Mukherjee3 May 2019 (2019-05-03)29 September 2019

Jack has a romantic proposal in mind, but a new butler named Ambrose and his daughter Flo spells trouble for the gang, his romantic news is put on hold while Ashok reveals his secret – there's a priceless diamond, rightfully his, hidden in Calendar Hall. And Hetty gets a letter from Harriet asking her to join her in New York. Will she go?

First Appearances: Ambrose and Flo
433"The Hidden Compartment"Jennie DarnellHilary Frankland13 May 2019 (2019-05-13)6 October 2019

The gang follow clues as they search for the Dawn Star- the priceless diamond, not realising that Ambrose is looking for it, too. Rosamund surprises everyone when she brings Lady Greenford back to Calendar Hall.

Returned: Lady Grenford
444"The Folly"Jennie DarnellHilary Frankland20 May 2019 (2019-05-20)13 October 2019
Hetty and the gang find crucial clues to the Dawn Star, although Flo and Ambrose are now watching them closely and Lady Grenford appears to know more about the diamond than she is letting on. She becomes friendly with Ashok.
455"The Tunnel"Jennie DarnellJanice Okoh27 May 2019 (2019-05-27)20 October 2019
Lizzie discovers a secret tunnel with a clue for the dawn star, while the gang races Ambrose to find the jewel, and Hetty fears that Ashok is growing too friendly with Lady Grenford.
466"The Parchment"Reza MoradiHilary Frankland & Joseph Lidster3 June 2019 (2019-06-03)27 October 2019
The gang realise they need to break through a wall to get to the jewel – but can they do it without being discovered? And what will Agnes do when she finds out Gideon’s been lying to her?
477"The Secret Door"Reza MoradiGareth Sergeant10 June 2019 (2019-06-10)3 November 2019
The gang are in danger when Rosamund leaves Lady Grenford and Ambrose in charge. Hetty finally cracks the code - but can the gang get to the Dawn Star in time?
488"The Accused"Reza MoradiJulie Dixon17 June 2019 (2019-06-17)10 November 2019

The gang finally discover the Dawn Star at the same time Lady Greenford, Ambrose and Flo do and when Lady Greenford realises it's stolen, she accuses Hetty of it and calls the police to arrest her. The gang help her to escape and eventually she does and goes on the run.

Absent: Rosamund Calendar and William Calendar
499"The Search"Reza MoradiMatt Evans24 June 2019 (2019-06-24)17 November 2019

Hetty, on the run in London, is quickly brought to the workhouse where she discovers Sheila. Sheila helps her to escape from there. Meanwhile, the gang discover Ambrose has the dawn star. They gain a plan to prove Hetty innocent and Ambrose the real thief.

Returned: Sheila Ormsby
5010"The Homecoming"Reza MoradiHelen Blakeman1 July 2019 (2019-07-01)24 November 2019

Hetty meets the gang and they go back to Calendar Hall and stop at nothing to prove Ambrose the real thief. Eventually, Ambrose gets arrested, they re-discover the dawn star and give it to Ashok and Ashok leaves for India with it. Hetty decides she won't go join Harriet in New York.

Last Appearance: Ashok and Ambrose

Christmas Special (2019)Edit

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511"A Christmas Adventure: Part One"Ian BarnesHelen Blakeman12 December 2019 (2019-12-12)[6]8 December 2019[7]

Hetty comes up with a plan to get Sheila reinstated for Christmas, but when the street gang steals the food meant for the poor at church everyone gets separated. In the end tons of problems arise which might make it where the gang can't make it home for Christmas.

Note: Matron Bottomly returns for this episode

Absent: William Calendar
522"A Christmas Adventure: Part Two"Ian BarnesMatt Evans12 December 2019 (2019-12-12)8 December 2019

Hetty is held captive by Matron Bottomly and the street gang, Gideon tries to figure out how to help Sheila escape the workhouse, and Rosamund and Lady Grenford are in prison for looking poor. Seeing no other choice Jack and Agnes begin searching the streets hoping to help everyone make it back to Calendar Hall.

Note: Matron Bottomly returns for this episode

Returned: George Calendar

Absent: William Calendar

Last Appearances: Flo and Jack

Series 6 (2020)Edit

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531"The Final Chapter: Part One"Reza MoradiRobin Mukherjee13 April 2020 (2020-04-13)31 May 2020

Hetty is dismissed when George blames her for insulting Rosamund, who has died in childbirth.

Last Appearance: Rosamund Calendar

Returned: Harriet Summers and Mathias Grigg
542"The Final Chapter: Part Two"Reza MoradiMatt Evans14 April 2020 (2020-04-14)7 June 2020

Hetty meets Matron living on the streets, while Mathias' reunion with the gang threatens his wedding to Harriet. Meanwhile, George plans to send his children away and return to India.

Returned: Matron Bottomly, Walter Brittle, Ned, Judd Mortimer, Donald Cranbourne and Nurse Macclesfield

Note: Jack and Vince Rickard return for this episode only
553"The Final Chapter: Part Three"Reza MoradiHelen Blakeman15 April 2020 (2020-04-15)14 June 2020

Hetty saves Matron from a street gang and Constance runs away to find Hetty. Mathias swears his love for Harriet, while Hetty is forced to return to Calendar Hall before she can move on.

Returned: Nurse Winterson/Mrs Clark

Home releasesEdit

The first series of Hetty Feather was released on DVD on 27 July 2015.[8] The first season was given a U (Universal) and a PG rating by the BBFC for mild bad language, mild scenes of threat and peril, and mild adult themes (specifically scenes centred on death and bereavement). The second series of Hetty Feather was released on DVD on 18 July 2016.[9]


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  2. ^ Deacon, Fern (5 April 2020). "Thank you for a wonderful 4 years with the brilliant Hetty Feather cast and crew. The Chronicles of Hetty Feather starts on iplayer on the 6th April followed by the final series on the 10th April and airs on @cbbc on the 13th April at 7pm 💚 #hettyfeather #cbbc #finale #lastseries". Instagram. Archived from the original on 25 December 2021. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  3. ^ Kent Film Office. "Kent Film Office Hetty Feather Article".
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  7. ^ "BYUtv Christmas Schedule 2018". 6 November 2019.
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  9. ^ "Hetty Feather Series 2". Amazon UK. 18 July 2016.

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