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Rosemary & Thyme - The Complete Series

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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 Rosemary Boxer and Pam Ferris (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Matilda) as Laura Thyme, professional gardeners and amateur sleuths. From their former careers as a university plant biologist and a police officer, Rosemary and Laura bring unique investigative talents to their horticultural and human mysteries.

Locations featured in the series include manor houses in the English countryside; London's Kew Gardens and Regent's Park; the French Riviera and Italy's Ligurian coast; a Surrey vineyard and the hills of Málaga, Spain. Guest stars include Anthony Andrews, Oliver Ford Davies, Phyllida Law, Julian Wadham, Margaret Tyzack and Michael Maloney. Great fun for mystery fans and green thumbs alike! As seen on public television.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE an interview with Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris, production notes, location notes, photo galleries, cast filmographies, and a trivia quiz.

Review

"A marvelous surprise for me - what a pity it didn't run longer" -- DVD Talk

"Alternately precious and witty, goofy and smart, and definitely a throwback to another era" -- Deseret Morning News

"Fresh and well-crafted" -- QuickStop Entertainment

"In the capable hands of Ferris and Kendal, it's a winner" -- Deseret Morning News

"Lots of fun all around" -- Brattleboro Reformer

"Quite simply, great fun" -- memorableTV.com

"Terrific chemistry" -- Connecticut Post

An engaging "cozy" mystery series -- Seattle Times, August, 2007

Special Features

  • 22 episodes on 9 discs
  • Interview with Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris
  • Production notes
  • Location notes
  • Photo galleries
  • Cast filmographies
  • Trivia quiz

Product Details

  • Actors: Felicity Kendal, Pam Ferris
  • Format: Box set, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 1110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WCN7M4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,941 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rosemary & Thyme - The Complete Series" on IMDb

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105 of 108 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 3, 2007
Format: DVD
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.
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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By B. Hartford on November 27, 2007
Format: DVD
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!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 17, 2007
Format: DVD
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.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Walker on March 9, 2008
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It's well known that Brits generally do murder better than Yanks (or anyone else, for that matter). This trend started with Conan Doyle and continues right down to the present moment. Part of the reason for this is that Brit mysteries are genteel and intelligent. Yank mysteries are often written as if the main audience consists of cave men. Which is, alas, all too true. Even so, the Brit example is starting to sink in on this side of the pond. Virtually all of the main characters in superb series such as "Bones" and "Numbers" consist of nerds who actually use 3- and 4-syllables (and bigger) words. They also omit gratuitous violence (tiresome) and profanity (even more tiresome). Readers may also recall the spectacular success of "Murder She Wrote", set among the rural beauty of the Murder Capital of New England, Cabot Cove. Genteel, engaging, beautifully filmed, this was everything a good mystery ought to be. If you actually like urban grunge and gritty plotting, but want something from the Brits in that line, there's always Helen Mirren's "Prime Suspect". This is really good grunge and grit, especially if you want Brit quality instead of slipshod Yank stuff that uses gratuitous violence to distract you from the vapidity of what you're watching.

The problem is that good Brit mysteries outnumber Yank ones as the Chinese outnumber the Brits. This first decade of the 21st Century is no exception. From 2003 to 2007 we were treated to the wonderful "Rosemary and Thyme". All indications are that after 3 seasons (03, 04, 06/07) and 2 specials (04, 05), R&T are through. Well, we still have the long-running "Midsomer Murders" and the more recent "The Last Detective".
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