Monday, April 11, 2011

Mystery Mondays: Rosemary And Thyme British Television Series

From British Mystery

April is National Garden Month, and gardening is the theme this week.  Instead of a book series, I decided to discuss the television series "Rosemary and Thyme", because, in addition to being a show about gardening and murder mysteries, there is the added attraction of actually being able to view the gardens created during each episode (something that is just not possible in a book!).  This series, which ran for three seasons, follows the adventures of two women, Rosemary Boxer (Felicity Kendal) and Laura Thyme (Pam Ferris), who meet by chance after momentous changes (divorce for one, job loss for the other) in their lives.  Both have a penchant for plants, and they decide to go into business together running a landscaping service.  As luck would have it, though, they can't seem to take on a job that does not include a murder or two, and they are forced to become amateur sleuths as well.  There are a total of 22 episodes in the series, mostly filmed in England but a few with settings on continental Europe instead.  The two actresses, who are the only characters to appear in all episodes, are excellent and play well off of one another.  It is a pity that the series did not continue for more than three seasons.  "Rosemary and Thyme" is available on DVD, and three novels have been published based upon the series.  If you love gardens, cozy mysteries, and strong female leads in a television series, then you must watch this show!  It even has one of the most beautiful opening sequences I have ever seen:

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