Rosemary & Thyme is a British mystery series staring Felicity Kendal (Good Neighbors, The Camomille Lawn) and Pam Ferris (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Matilda) as gardening detectives. I first saw Felicity Kendal in Good Neighbors and fell in love with her sense of humor and personality. I was thrilled to find out that she brings that same down to earth personality to Rosemary & Thyme. Rosemary & Thyme was first aired on British television in 2003 and ran until August 2007.
Both women are avid gardeners who are somehow embroiled in a bunch of different mysteries. Laura Thyme (Pam Ferris) is the daughter of a farmer and former police woman who loves her home garden. Her husband recently left her for another woman so she has extra time on her hands. Rosemary Boxer (Felicity Kendal) has a degree in plant pathology and was recently laid off from her University job by her underhanded ex-beau.
The series begins with Rosemary investigating some dying trees at the home of a friend. Laura’s husband has just left her for a younger woman and she finds herself in the same hotel as Rosemary. They meet and uncover a plot to kill Rosemary’s friend. Rosemary and Thyme consider themselves gardeners more than they consider themselves detectives. The mysteries just happen to occur where they are solving a gardening problem or creating a new garden and they get involved in finding clues for the mystery as well. I love how naturally each of these mysteries unravels. It’s very easy to think of these women as *just like you* especially since they are average middle aged women and not your typical Barbie doll style actress. The two women’s personalities mesh together perfectly as friends.
Most of the episodes take place in various manor houses and gardens in England however some are shot in other countries as well. Just a few of the more famous locations include London’s Kew Gardens and Regent’s Park; the French Riveria; Italy’s Ligurian coast; a Surrey vineyard; and the hills of Malaga, Spain. Being able to see all of these lovely, exotic gardens was one of the reasons that I enjoyed these mysteries so much. If you’re a gardener yourself or someone who loves to watch travel programs, you’ll want to watch this series just for the pleasure of seeing the different locations. If you’re also a fan of British mysteries, all the better. You’ll find this show a delightful break from the violence and reality shows on television now.
Rosemary & Thyme – The Complete Series includes all 22 episodes on 7 discs. There is approximately 18 1/2 hours of viewing time. Series 1 ran in 2003. Series 2 ran in 2004. Series 3 ran from 2005 to 2007. Extras include an interview with Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris, production notes, location notes, and photo galleries.