Monday, September 21, 2015

Mystery Mondays: "Rosemary and Thyme" TV Series on PBS


It has been quite a while since I have done a Mystery Mondays post, but over the weekend I discovered that one of my favorite BBC mysteries (and one that I have mentioned before on this blog) is being shown on a local PBS station, so I just had to comment!  "Rosemary and Thyme" is a 2003-2006 television series about two older women with a love of plants who suddenly find their well-ordered lives thrown into turmoil in the first episode.  Quite by accident their paths cross, and just as accidentally they find themselves drawn into the mysteries of a suspicious death and two unusual illnesses, one involving a wealthy businessman and the other afflicting the exotic trees in the businessman's breathtaking garden.

Rosemary Boxer (Felicity Kendal) is a plant pathologist called in to treat the trees who is abruptly laid off from her university position.  Laura Thyme (Pam Ferris, most recently seen as Sister Evangelina on "Call the Midwife") is a former policewoman, avid gardener,  and soon-to-be divorcée whose husband has just left her for the stereotypical younger woman.  Inevitably, the two women end up working together to solve all three mysteries, and by the end of the episode the beginnings of a beautiful friendship (and partnership) are well on their way.

If you love British mysteries and gardening, you will love this series.  The two actors are perfect in their roles, but I have to say most of the time it is the lovely gardens that steal the show.  Check your local PBS listings to find out if this series is being shown in your area, and do give "Rosemary and Thyme" a look!

One of the many beautiful gardens seen on "Rosemary and Thyme"
(from Sweet Sunday Mornings)

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