Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Rosemary Thyme - The Complete Series|
Actors: Felicity Kendal, Pam Ferris
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
The hit British series that combines glorious gardens with classic whodunits Stunning gardens provide the backdrop for this hit British mystery series starring Felicity Kendal (Good Neighbors, The Camomile Lawn) as Rosemar... more »
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Valarie R. (thegardener) from GARDEN GROVE, CA
Reviewed on 3/17/2011...
I have watched this Complete Series several times, and I am still in awe of the beautiful gardens, love the two sleuthing horticulturalists, and wish there had been more stories to tell.
Pam Ferris and Felicity Kendal have terrific chemistry as two "women of a certain age" who, after each has just gone through life-altering events, become partners in a gardening business, close friends, and two of the most interesting, down-to earth (no pun intended) detectives you'll ever meet. Laura Thyme, newly dumped by her husband, and Dr. Rosemary Boxer, newly dumped by her university, find that they share not only a love of plants, but it seems also a love of uncovering and solving crime in the most unlikely places.
With Laura providing her long, unused police constable background, and Rosemary providing her extensive plant pathology background, they tackle murder in public gardens, monasteries, and private estates while landscaping some amazing locations. And still deal with their friends, families, and lovers (past and potential).
The interview with the two actresses, the photo galleries, actor bios, and the quiz on the special features were good, but even without these extras it's worth it.
E. A Solinas | MD USA | 11/03/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Most mystery series have big tough longtime cops or lovably eccentric oddballs as their detectives.
So it's a bit refreshing to see a pair of utterly ordinary detectives in the light mystery series "Rosemary and Thyme" -- one a cop-turned-housewife, and one a feisty horticulturist. You won't find any mind-blowing mysteries, just solid whodunnits and likable characters... and plants. Lots and lots of beautiful plants.
Laura Thyme (Pam Ferris) has just been dumped by her husband of 27 years, for a "twenty-three-year-old tart!" When visiting an old pal, she encounters plant pathologist Rosemary Boxer (Felicity Kendal) who is promptly fired by her slimy boss. The two wronged women team together to solve a bizarre mystery involving poisonous plants, a car wreck, and a serial killer.
After that, Rosemary and Laura go into business together, treating sick lawns and creating picturesque gardens. But like any good detectives, they keep bumping into sinister crimes, both of the past and present: a spa matriarch is strangled at her desk, skeletons are uncovered in a murdered pop star's garden, and a man is killed in a graveyard... with an arrow.
Things don't improve much in the following seasons -- Rosemary and Laura end up dealing with wrecked romantic gardens, Parisian theft and murder, school pranks gone wrong, Italian restaurants, ferocious competition at a garden show, murder at a vineyard, sabotaged plays and tennis camps.... and even an abandoned baby that may have something to do with a murder.
"Rosemary and Thyme" is notable more for its cozy, cottagey feel than for its intricate mysteries -- but then again, they don't try to be complex or twisty. Instead, the stories focus on our likable horticulturists, and the lovely gardens they create or restore... and the entertaining dialogue ("You've broken the bloody window!" Rosemary yells at a sniper) makes this even more fun.
There's a pleasantly old-fashioned flavour to the series -- lots of vine-draped cottages, manorhouses, luxurious resorts, vineyards and herbal skills. Sure, there's laptops, TV shows, drug dealers and myriad cell phones. But those are just the trappings on an ordinary little mystery series, where the plant sicknesses often have something to do with the murders.
Of course, the leads make or break a series like this. Fortunately, Kendal and Ferris have excellent chemistry. Laura and Rosemary are an entertaining pair, with just the right mix of similarities and differences. Laura is a sensible ex-cop/housewife who is still dealing with her family tensions, while Laura is a cultured academic ("more a bookworm than an earthworm") with a rough streak.
Plant lovers and mystery buffs should enjoy the cozy, vine-covered mysteries of "Rosemary and Thyme." It's just fun and pleasant, all the way through."
So glad to see the full collection in one box
B. Hartford | Massachusetts - United States | 11/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really love this series - especially the final series (3). With all the interest in British mysteries and gardening, I am amazed that the show was not developed many, many years ago. Sadly, the Rosemary & Thyme series only lasted for 3 series and was abruptly cancelled.
The premise of the story is about two women of middle age who each face life-changing experiences (one, a pending divorce and the other is fired from her position as professor of horticulture from a UK college). Both characters befriend each other and start their own gardening business. This new adventure takes them all over the UK as well as Spain, France, and Italy.
While working on gardens, they always seem to stumble upon murders. Both Rosemary & Thyme add their unique skills and gifts to solve these murders all the while designing and planting breath-taking gardens.
There are many aspects of the series that I find wonderful, but the thing I appreciate the most is the knowledge, that even those of us in our middle years can find new adventures and create new identities which bring us happiness and fulfillment.
Partly due to this show, I had since enrolled in a garden design course to start me on a new adventure as a designer.... Thanks Rosemary & Thyme!"
Do not have to compare to the book
bernie | Arlington, Texas | 11/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Finally a program exists that was built from scratch and not based on a book or writer. They can not do it wrong because this is it. It looks like there is more horticulture in this series than in the Brother Cadfael series.
Two women, each have a Life changing experience just before the series starts. Soon they become friends. One a hands on gardener, with a law enforcement back ground Laura Thyme, (Pam Ferris), the other an academic horticulturist with an old four wheeler vehicle Rosemary Boxer (Felicity Kendal).
The programs are of the two trying to find out who dunnit and how. We do not get bogged down in love interests.
Each episode is unique in its approach. The only pattern I see is that it is like in the movie "A shot in the dark" where everyone is guilty except the maid. In this series there may not be a lit of murderers, however there are a lot of guilty people.
Well sit back and enjoy the view, smell the roses, and buy the series so you can watch again and again.