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Hetty Feather
''Hetty Feather' (2015-) is a children's TV show on CBBC about Hetty Feather, an abandoned child at the Foundling Hospital in London. It is based on the book series of the same name by Jacqueline Wilson


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  • Adaptation Distillation: While the first book covers Hetty's life in her foster family and her return to the Foundling Hospital at age five before the Time Skip in the second part, the show focuses more on Hetty's present life at the Foundling Hospital and gives a small introduction of Hetty's foster life and return to the hospital at the beginning of the first episode. This finally changes at the end of Season 3, when Hetty, Gideon, and Sheila finally leave the Hospital for service at Calendar Hall.
    • Even after the setting changes to Calendar Hall, the show diverts away from the books by adding brand new characters who never appeared in the books and creating new incidents.
  • Adaptation Expansion: However, the show also expands on the life in the hospital by showing life for the boys and even giving episodes focused around other characters in the hospital, in contrast to the entire story being told from Hetty's point-of-view in the book.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Constance Calendar
  • Brother-Sister Team: Hetty and Gideon.
  • Canon Foreigner: A few, including Mary, Mathias, and most of the boys.
    • Also, all the characters at Calendar Hall.
  • Cinderella Circumstances: All the girls in the Foundling Hospital will go into domestic service when they're old enough
    • At the end of series 3, Hetty leaves the hospital for service in Callender Hall
  • Death of a Child: Monica Clackett is very much a child and dies after a fall in series 2.
  • Fiery Redhead: Hetty Feather is a redhead and a fiery temper when angered.
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  • Gene Hunting: Hetty is desperate to find her birth mother. In series 2, she does.
  • MacGuffin: The plot of series 5 revolves around a quest to find a priceless diamond called the Dawn Star.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Tough, outspoken Hetty and patient, gentle Gideon fit this trope.
  • Mixed Ancestry: This is Walter's background, as he finds out when he meets his Dad, a black soldier. His white mother died in childbirth and her family rejected the baby and gave him to the Foundling Hospital.
    • In series 4, Agnes and Lizzy's white mother had several children (including Lizzy) with a black father; no one guesses the girls are sisters because of their different skin colours.
    • Florence in series 5, whose father is white but mother was evidently black.
  • Missing Mom: A plot point in series 4 is Hetty accidentally finding out that Mrs. Calendar has already had an illegitimate child (who was adopted)
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: Hetty's token. Her mother gave it to the Foundling Hospital with Hetty when she gave her up. It's a coin with a heart stamped through it.
  • Puppy Love: Harriet and Mathias who both go off to New York together with plans to get married.
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    • Hetty seems to view Jack's affection for her as this and, while sympathetic to him, doesn't want to marry him.
  • Put on a Bus: Happens to a few of the children of the Foundling Hospital. Notably Mary in series 1 and Polly in series 2
  • Race Lift: Gideon is white in the books and black in the show. The same is true for Nurse Winterson.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Polly is adopted by a couple because she looks like their recently deceased daughter.
  • Scatterbrained Senior: A subplot in series 4 involves the cook Mrs Whittock gradually losing her memory from dementia, forcing Sheila and the others to desperately try and cover for her.
  • Scullery Maid: Sheila at the end of series 3 and series 4.
    • Also this is Ida Battersea's job at the Foundling Hospital before she is dismissed
  • Traumatic Haircut: When little girls are first brought to the Foundling Hospital, they have their hair cut off short. This also happens to Sheila, Elizabeth, and Monica in the second episode of series 1 when Matron doesn't believe them when they tell her of Hetty trying to escape as punishment for being out of bed. They sport Boyish Short Hair for the rest of series 1.


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