Hetty Feather (TV series)

Hetty Feather
Title Card
Genre Drama
Written by Helen Blakeman
Directed by
Theme music composer Andy Price
Composer(s) Andy Price
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 40
Executive producer(s) Foz Allan
Running time 28 minutes
Production company(s) CBBC
Original network

CBBC (2015-present)

CBBC HD (2013-present)
Picture format 576i
Original release 11 May 2015 (2015-05-11) – present
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Hetty Feather is a British children's drama, which focuses on the life of the title character, who was abandoned as a baby and lives in a Foundling Hospital in London. It is based on the book of the same name by Jacqueline Wilson. The first series aired from 11 May 2015 to 6 July 2015. Series 2 was first aired on 10 May 2016. Series 3 started airing on 8 May 2017 and finished airing on 10 July 2017. The fourth series started on 7 May 2018. In the United States the series airs on BYUtv. Series 1 and 2 began airing March 18, 2018 at 6 p.m. MDT. Series 3 and 4 will air on BYUtv in Fall 2018.[1]


The premise of the series revolves around Hetty Feather, who was abandoned as a baby. She was fostered by Peg with Gideon Smeed, her foster brother and 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 Maidstone Studios as their production base.[2][3][4][5] During series 3, filming moved to Belmont House in Faversham, Kent.


Main characters

Character Actor Duration Series
Hetty FeatherIsabel Clifton1x01–Series 1–
Gideon SmeedDasharn Anderson
Sheila OrmsbyPolly Allen
Rosamund CalendarGeorgina Strawson3x07–Series 3–
George CalendarMark Frost
AgnesFern Deacon
JackStuart Campbell
Emily CalendarOrla Hill
LizzieIndia Brown4x0?-Series 4-
Samuel/Charles BuscombeJack Wolfe4x0?-

Guest and recurring characters

Character Actor Duration Series
Colonel Rupert BrigwellChristopher Villiers1x01–3x08, 4x04Series 1–4
ArthurEwan Harris1x01–1x04Series 1
JackEliot Carrington
Young HettyJocelyn MacNab1x01–1x02, 1x05, 2x01Series 1–2
Young GideonJordan A. Nash
PegNicola Stuart-Hill
Young JemLouis Healy
Young PollyKitty Peterkin1x01–1x02Series 1
Doctor MalloryDanny Horn
Arthur PrestwickPaul Buillion1x08–1x09
Madame AdelineSukie Smith1x09–1x10
Jack BlackJordan Coulson1x03
JemTed Reily1x05, 2x03Series 1-2
Joe Mason
Annie BottomlyJo-Anne Knowles1x05Series 1
ElizaLexie Benbow-Hart1x05, 2x03–2x07Series 1–2
Isabelle Embleton
Mr CooperMichael Burgess1x05Series 1
Mr. Jacob MelroseBob Golding1x06, 2x04Series 1–2
Sgt. CraggDavid Kirkbride1x07Series 1
CharlieAlfie Davis
Lady AsquithHelen Grace1x08, 2x01, 2x07–2x10Series 1–2
Hannah PrestwickSophia Di Martino1x08Series 1
Lord UptonColin Hoult1x09
Charlotte UptonHolly J. Barrett
Floss GuppySarah RaysonSx01Special (2016)
Tyler LewisMiles Butler Hughton
Toni TrentNelly Currant
Billie TrentGwen Currant
May-Li WangStacy Liu
AgnesSophia Capasso2x01Series 2
Baby HazelDarcey and Savannah Corbett
MinisterJonathan Cann
Stan PollardMcKell David2x01–2x03–2x06
Mr McCartneyMichael Higgs2x02
Mrs McCartneyNatasha Sparkes
ClaraJessie Mae Alonzo
Rev CranbournePip Torrens
Mr OvertonSimeon Willis2x06
Mr SuttonDan Tetsell
Dr Kate WebsterBelinda Stewart-Wilson2x07
CollinsPaul Brown2x07–2x09
Mr DeerheartAjay Chhabra2x09
SissyJemima Bennett3x01–3x02Series 3
Somerstown PorterDaniel Hawksford3x01
Miss Sarah SmithAnn Mitchell3x01–3x05
KitTut Nyuot3x01–3x02, 3x09–3x10
BobbyWilson Radjou-Pujalte
Constable ClarkeLouis Tamone3x01–3x08
Mr Alf BrumsdenDavid Schaal3x01–3x04, 3x07–3x10
LilIndia Jazz3x01–3x02
Ludgate PorterNathan Clough3x02
JessMercy Gaiger3x02–3x03, 3x10
Doctor BridgesAdam Astill3x05
Annabelle BridgesAmy Jayne
Delivery ManMatt Dineen
CharlieWil Johnson3x06 Robert GrenfordBed Radcliffe4x0?-4x10Series 4


† marks that the character is now deceased/dead.

Past characters

Character Actor Duration Series
Mary CraneTrixiebelle Harrowell1x01–1x09Series 1
Polly RenfrewEleanor Worthington Cox1x01–2x02Series 1–2
Monica Clackett †Izzy Lee1x01–2x06
Blanche NewboldBlaise Allan2x05–3x03Series 2–3
Elizabeth FlounderIsabelle Allen1x01–3x06Series 1–3
Harriet SummersAva Merson-O'Brien1x01–3x08
Mathias GriggGus Barry
Donald CranbourneMatthew Ashforde
Walter BrittleAaron Niles
NedDavid Knight
Judd MortimerJoshua Langley
Nurse MacclesfieldSusan McArdle
Nurse WintersonRosalyn Wright
Cook JenkinsWendi Peters1x03, 2x01–2x02, 2x10–3x08
Ida BatterseaGemma Whelan2x01–3x01, 3x05, 3x10Series 2-3
Mrs PenhaligonNina Wadia3x09-3x10Series 3
Matron Gertrude BottomlyEva Pope1x01–3x10, 4x04Series 1-4
Vince RickardRedmand Rance1x01-3x08
Mrs BrodyRhea Bailey4x01–4x10Series 4
Lady GrenfordGeorgie Glen
Mrs WhittockKate Williams4x01-4??


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)

Series 1 (2015)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"The Escape (Part 1)"Paul WalkerHelen Blakeman11 May 2015 (2015-05-11) (CBBC)
18 March 2018 (2018-03-18) (BYUtv)
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.
2"The Escape (Part 2)"Paul WalkerHelen Blakeman11 May 2015 (2015-05-11) (CBBC)
18 March 2018 (2018-03-18) (BYUtv)
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.
3"The Tower"Paul WalkerHelen Blakeman18 May 2015 (2015-05-18) (CBBC)
25 March 2018 (2018-03-25) (BYUtv)
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.
4"Jack in the box"Paul WalkerSophie Petzal25 May 2015 (2015-05-25) (CBBC)
25 March 2018 (2018-03-25) (BYUtv)
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 rogue like Cooper.
5"Sisters"Paul WalkerEmma Reeves1 June 2015 (2015-06-01) (CBBC)
1 April 2018 (2018-04-01) (BYUtv)
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.
6"Strike"Paul WalkerSophie Petzal8 June 2015 (2015-06-08) (CBBC)
1 April 2018 (2018-04-01) (BYUtv)
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.
7"Raising the Flag"Chloe ThomasHelen Blakeman & Emma Reeves15 June 2015 (2015-06-15) (CBBC)
8 April 2018 (2018-04-08) (BYUtv)
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?
8"Foundling Reclaimed"Chloe ThomasEmma Reeves22 June 2015 (2015-06-22) (CBBC)
8 April 2018 (2018-04-08) (BYUtv)
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.
9"Open Day (Part 1)"Chloe ThomasHelen Blakeman29 June 2015 (2015-06-29) (CBBC)
15 April 2018 (2018-04-15) (BYUtv)
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?
10"Open Day (Part 2)"Chloe ThomasHelen Blakeman6 July 2015 (2015-07-06) (CBBC)
15 April 2018 (2018-04-15) (BYUtv)
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)

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.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
"Floss The Foundling[6]"Makalla McPherson[6]Matt Evans[6]25 March 2016 (2016-03-25)

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)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Foundling Day"Chloe ThomasHelen Blakeman10 May 2016 (2016-05-10) (CBBC)
22 April 2018 (2018-04-22) (BYUtv)
Hetty risks getting into serious trouble with Matron when she makes a desperate promise.
2"The Haunting"Chloe ThomasHelen Blakeman17 May 2016 (2016-05-17) (CBBC)
22 April 2018 (2018-04-22) (BYUtv)
Hetty is shocked when a wealthy couple want to adopt one of her friends.
3"Words From Home"Chloe ThomasEmma Reeves24 May 2016 (2016-05-24) (CBBC)
29 April 2018 (2018-04-29) (BYUtv)
Hetty has a surprise visitor with important news, but can she meet him without getting caught?
4"Changes"Chloe ThomasAbby Ajayi31 May 2016 (2016-05-31) (CBBC)
29 April 2018 (2018-04-29) (BYUtv)
Gideon tells a lie, which gets Hetty into trouble, and Matron has mysteriously disappeared.
5"Blanche"Chloe ThomasMark Evans7 June 2016 (2016-06-07) (CBBC)
13 May 2018 (2018-05-13) (BYUtv)
Hetty is determined to discover what secret Matron is hiding in the basement.
6"Remember Me"Delyth ThomasEmma Reeves14 June 2016 (2016-06-14) (CBBC)
13 May 2018 (2018-05-13) (BYUtv)
A tragic accident brings Hetty and Sheila together to find the truth.
7"Dreams"Delyth ThomasJoseph Lidster21 June 2016 (2016-06-21) (CBBC)
20 May 2018 (2018-05-20) (BYUtv)
Hetty is excited when an explorer talks about her adventures, and there's a snake on the loose.
8"The Letters"Delyth ThomasRobin Mukherjee28 June 2016 (2016-06-28) (CBBC)
20 May 2018 (2018-05-20) (BYUtv)
Hetty plays a practical joke on Matron that has frightening consequences for everyone.
9"Secrets and Plans"Delyth ThomasHelen Blakeman5 July 2016 (2016-07-05) (CBBC)
27 May 2018 (2018-05-27) (BYUtv)
Hetty discovers news that will change her life forever.
10"The Reunion"Delyth ThomasHelen Blakeman12 July 2016 (2016-07-12) (CBBC)
27 May 2018 (2018-05-27) (BYUtv)
Will Hetty be able to keep the truth about her real mother a secret?

Series 3 (2017)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"News From Nowhere"Delyth ThomasHelen Blakeman8 May 2017 (2017-05-08) (CBBC)
16 September 2018 (2018-09-16) (BYUtv)
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.
2"The Unexpected Friend"Delyth ThomasHelen Blakeman15 May 2017 (2017-05-15) (CBBC)
16 September 2018 (2018-09-16) (BYUtv)
Hetty tries to join her mother only to learn that her mom 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.
3"The Break In"Delyth ThomasVictoria Asare-Archer22 May 2017 (2017-05-22) (CBBC)
23 September 2018 (2018-09-23) (BYUtv)
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.
4"Land of Opportunity"Reza MoradiAbby Ajayi29 May 2017 (2017-05-29) (CBBC)
23 September 2018 (2018-09-23) (BYUtv)
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.
5"Dangerous Game"Reza MoradiGareth Sergeant5 June 2017 (2017-06-05) (CBBC)
30 September 2018 (2018-09-30) (BYUtv)
Vince blackmails Nurse Winterson so he can get special treatment. Meanwhile Hetty learns of a daring visit some of the foundlings are planning.
6"Canon Fodder"Reza MoradiRobin Mukherjee12 June 2017 (2017-06-12) (CBBC)
30 September 2018 (2018-09-30) (BYUtv)
Hetty tries to help Nurse Winterson, but her help ends up landing an innocent man with the label of being a thief.
7"The Last Sunday"Reza MoradiJoseph Lidster19 June 2017 (2017-06-19) (CBBC)
7 October 2018 (2018-10-07) (BYUtv)
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.
8"Farewell Service"Reza MoradiMatt Evans26 June 2017 (2017-06-26) (CBBC)
7 October 2018 (2018-10-07) (BYUtv)
Every foundling learns where they will be going as they are forced into the military or servitude. Hetty gets locked in a cellar and learns that the Matron has some sinister plans in store for her.
9"New Beginnings"Delyth ThomasHelen Blakeman3 July 2017 (2017-07-03) (CBBC)
14 October 2018 (2018-10-14) (BYUtv)
Hetty begins a new life in the country while her friends in London begin searching for her.
10"The Past Returns"Delyth ThomasHelen Blakeman10 July 2017 (2017-07-10) (CBBC)
14 October 2018 (2018-10-14) (BYUtv)
Hetty tries to rescue a kidnapped girl and comes face-to-face with an old enemy.

Series 4 (2018)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"The New Arrival"Reza MoradiHelen Blakeman7 May 2018 (2018-05-07) (CBBC)
21 October 2018 (2018-10-21) (BYUtv)
Hetty discovers an explosive secret, while Gideon fears he caused Edwin's life-threatening accident.
2"Trouble"Reza MoradiRobin Mukherjee15 May 2018 (2018-05-15) (CBBC)
21 October 2018 (2018-10-21) (BYUtv)
Hetty is forced to cover when Rosamund goes missing on the day of the christening, while Gideon and Jack find themselves in muddy trouble.
3"Family"Reza MoradiVictoria Asare-Archer21 May 2018 (2018-05-21) (CBBC)
28 October 2018 (2018-10-28) (BYUtv)
A new arrival at the Hall threatens Agnes and Sheila's jobs while Gideon falls out with Emily. Sheila struggles looking after Constance.
4"Prisons"Sallie AprahamianJoseph Lidster28 May 2018 (2018-05-28) (CBBC)
28 October 2018 (2018-10-28) (BYUtv)
Hetty steels herself to face her old enemy, while Lady Grenford introduces the family to her handsome young grandson, Robert.
5"For Shame"Sallie AprahamianTBA4 June 2018 (2018-06-04) (CBBC)
4 November 2018 (2018-11-04) (BYUtv)
6"Wolves"Sallie AprahamianTBA11 June 2018 (2018-06-11) (CBBC)
4 November 2018 (2018-11-04) (BYUtv)
7"Pride"Sallie AprahamianMatt Evans18 June 2018 (2018-06-18) (CBBC)
11 November 2018 (2018-11-11) (BYUtv)
8"Fate"Sallie AprahamianTBA25 June 2018 (2018-06-25) (CBBC)
11 November 2018 (2018-11-11) (BYUtv)
9"Truth"TBAMatt Evans2 July 2018 (2018-07-02) (CBBC)
18 November 2018 (2018-11-18) (BYUtv)
10"The Birthday Party"TBATBA9 July 2018 (2018-07-09) (CBBC)
18 November 2018 (2018-11-18) (BYUtv)

DVD releases

The first series of Hetty Feather was released on DVD on 27 July 2015.[7] 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 centered on death and bereavement). The second series of Hetty Feather was released on DVD on 18 July 2016.[8]


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