Two words: Gardening detectives. Yep, an unusual premise for sure. I must say, though, it does pair two things the British are known for: gardens and solving mysteries. Maybe that’s what they said in the pitch meeting for Rosemary & Thyme!
As the series opens, Rosemary Boxer, a plant pathologist, loses her university position. Laura Thyme, a former police constable and gardening enthusiast, loses her husband to a younger woman.
An unexpected death and a shared love of gardening bring the two together. They become fast friends and start their own horticulture business. Rosemary and Laura travel the countryside helping people with landscape redesign or diagnosing and curing sick gardens.
Now, for two ladies who spend most of their time gardening, they sure do come across a lot of dead bodies. And when they do, they can’t help but dig into the crime. Since they tend to be hanging around in the background when these murders are discovered, they overhear conversations and find clues that the police often overlook. And even though this may make the police appear incompetent, the detectives are always very appreciative.
It is a silly premise really, gardeners who stumble into murder mysteries and help solve them, “weeding out wrongdoers” and “sowing the seeds of justice.” But it’s a lovely show to watch. The English gardens, which the country is so famous for, are beautiful.
There are better UK crime shows out there, maybe better written and more well-crafted story lines, but this is still quite fun to watch. And Felicity Kendal is just so adorable, even though she was close to 60 years old when the series was produced.
Felicity Kendal – Rosemary Boxer
Pam Ferris – Laura Thyme
Total Seasons: 3 (22 episodes)
Seasons Available on US Formatted DVD: 3
In Production: 2003-2007
Viewer Discretion: Some violence