Rosemary & Thyme: Complete Collection
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Mysteries grow around them
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; Italy’s Ligurian coast; a Surrey vineyard; and the hills of Málaga, Spain. Guest stars include Anthony Andrews, Oliver Ford Davies, Phyllida Law, Juilan Wadham, Margaret Tyzack, and Michael Maloney. Great fun for mystery fans and green thumbs alike! As seen on public television.
Interview with Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris (8 min.), production notes, location notes, and photo galleries. SDH subtitles
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This is a re-release set of episodes. However this complete set, the entire "Rosemary and Thyme: Complete", 2011, now has SUBTITLES.
Shows aired originally from 2003 to 2006. They are as contemporary as any today, and just fun to watch. A refreshing different angle to catch the crooks. This complete set is loaded with episodes. An economical way to own the entire series.
__________Series 1- 6 episodes:
And No Birds Sing
Arabica and the Early Spider
The Language of Flowers
A Simple Plot
The Tree of Death
__________Series 2- 8 episodes:
The Memory of Water
Orpheus in the Undergrowth
They Understand Me in Paris
The Invisible Worm
The Italian Rapscallion
Swords Into Ploughshares
Up the Garden Path
__________Series 3- 8 episodes:
In a Monastery Garden
Seeds of Time
Three Legs Good
The Gooseberry Bush
Enter Two Gardeners
The Cup of Silence
22 total episodes or over 18 hours of mysterious enjoyment.
The seller was amazingly fast in delivery and the DVDs were in A++++ shape. Have enjoyed them immensely. Thank you.
Before her marriage, Nora was a policewoman. Rosemary is just extremely curious with a strong sense of justice. A very different kind of crime fighting duo.
The series dates from the mid 2000's and was produced by Brian Eastman aided by his old Poirot writing partner, Clive Exton (the original Suchet episodes by Carnival Productions, not the A&E / ITV films of recent vintage). Exton was a mentor of sorts to "Foyle's War" creator Anthony Horowitz, and all 3 had creative roles on "Midsomer Murders" so the series doesn't lack in the fundamentals of screen writing or production values. Nor are the characters of Rosemary (Felicity Kendal) or Laura (Pam Ferris) portrayed without depth and conviction. Both manage believable characters who often exhibit the grumpy persona of the middle aged to whom life hasn't always delivered what they wished for. Likewise the cinematography is of a very high standard and anyone with an eye for formal gardens will forgive any lapse in credibility that the individual episodes might require.
All in there's only 22 episodes covering three seasons in the collection, though one is double length in 2 parts. There really isn't a finale as I'm pretty sure the series was cut short for economic rather than artistic reasons. With the exception of the BBC the UK television industry went through traumatic times starting with the world economic recession of 2008 and this series was contract produced by ITV Studios for their flagship station which has a history of canceling shows at the drop of a hat (i.e. the infamous "Foyle's War" fiasco after the third season). All of the episodes were beautifully filmed on location which is significantly more expensive than fixed studio sets. In addition four of the episodes were shot in Italy, the south of France, and Spain's Costa Brava which probably doubled the already high location expenses. The series was a moderate success in the ratings, so penny pinching bean counters rather than viewer apathy was the likely culprit behind the series' relatively short run. In the end, it's an enjoyable escape where reality doesn't intrude with gritty crimes or unlikeable characters. Both Rosemary and Laura are relatively happy with their new lives, they both have the obligatory fleeting romance upon occasion, and there's enough comedy relief to the mysteries to leave a smile on your face at each chapter's end. It's beautifully filmed and generally a fun series. If you have a good stiff drink before the premier episode it all goes down quite well.