Rosemary & Thyme

ITV (ended 2006)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 7

    Enter Two Gardeners

    Aired 8/7/07

  • S 3 : Ep 6

    Racquet Espanol

    Aired 7/30/07

  • S 3 : Ep 5

    The Gooseberry Bush

    Aired 2/18/06

  • S 3 : Ep 4

    Three Legs Good

    Aired 2/11/06

  • S 3 : Ep 3

    Agua Cadaver

    Aired 2/4/06

  • Cast & Crew
  • Pam Ferris

    Laura Thyme

  • Felicity Kendal

    Rosemary Boxer

  • Ryan Philpott

    Matthew Thyme

  • John Bennett

    Henry Vogal

  • Frederick Treves

    Professor Mullins

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  • show Description
  • Welcome to the Rosemary and Thyme guide at Boxer and Laura Thyme first meet through their troubled lives and a mutual love of plants. Together they start a new life as a gardening consultancy called Rosemary and Thyme, tackling all kinds of horticultural problems. But they are also amateur sleuths who seem to meet with murder and mayhem wherever they go. As soon as they start any new assignment, they find plots, conspiracies and killers between the garden paths, if not dead bodies on them.On 12 May 2006, ITV announced that the third series was the last. The final two episodes, Racquet Espanol and (ironically) Enter Two Gardeners were pulled from ITV's schedules and have not yet been broadcast in the UK, although they have been seen overseas.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (34)

    • Laura: She looks barmy, anyway. Rosemary: That's probably just the hat.

    • Rosemary: Where the sedge withers from the lake and no birds sing.

    • Rosemary: Then, overcome with guilt, she kills herself. Laura: Then, overcome with tidiness, buries herself?

    • Rosemary: If you squidge and run away, you live to squidge another day.

    • Rosemary: Have we been down that little road up there? Laura: We've been up and down every little road like a yo-yo in a lift. Rosemary: That doesn't make any sense. What would a yo-yo be doing in a lift? Laura: Well, it could hardly take the stairs, could it?

    • Laura: Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your shears.

    • (After Laura picks a spider web from its frame) Rosemary: What's that for? Laura: It's good luck. Rosemary: Not if you're a spider it isn't!

    • Rosemary: We'll have to get in some more labour. Laura: Big hunky blokes with picks and shovels. Rosemary: And a couple of deckchairs. Laura: Deckchairs? Rosemary: So we can sit and watch!

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    Notes (28)

    • A novelisation of this episode, written by Brian Eastman, was published in 2004.

    • Although this episode was always planned as the first of the new series, it was the fourth to be shot.

    • The horse bones seen in this episode were real...but no animals were harmed during the making of the show.

    • The gardens featured in this episode were almost all made from scratch by the arts department on the show.

    • This episode was the first assignment of the Rosemary and Thyme partnership, the first episode having been the meeting of the two characters.

    • The Dell was actually made by the production team for this episode

    • This is the first real example of whodunnit in the series, with the contained characters each having a motive.

    • This is the second time that Laura's son Matthew has appeared in the series

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    Trivia (7)

    • The shot of somebody running through the grounds before Rosemary is shot at, looks exactly the same as a shot from 'Sweet Angelica'

    • The giant sun outline at the end, doesn't cover all of the dead patches of grass.

    • The shot of Reynolds running through the grounds at night looks exactly the same as somebody running through the grounds in 'Arabica and the Early Spider'.

    • When Laura locks herself in Eddie's car, wouldn't it have made more sense not to throw the keys away?

    • There are some problems with the locals on the town shoots looking at the camera, there is a noticeable appearance by an old woman wondering what is going on in the scene where Rosemary and Laura are discussing Nick's credit card.

    • The shot of Barbara, Laura and Rosemary driving down a small country lane in the Land Rover was re-used at the end of the episode The Invisible Worm. The problem was that the scene only had Rosemary and Laura in it, but you can clearly see three people sitting inside.

    • The cathedral used in this episode is at Chichester, in Sussex. But there is no garden where the ladies are seen working, and the opening scene (in which you see the garden in the foreground and the cathedral behind) is a montage. Other scenes were also filmed in Chichester, such as when Rosemary and Laura go for a stroll to buy a dress.

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    Allusions (6)

    • Rosemary's line "Where the sedge withers from the lake and no birds sing" is a quotation from John Keats's poem La belle dame sans merci.

      The Keats poem shadows the plot of this episode about a man courted by death. It is about a knight found lying on the ground in near-winter, close to death who tells of meeting a pretty creature and falling for her. She whispers to him of love then lulls him to sleep. In his dream state he gets a warning from her former victims who appear as deathly pale as the knight. The previous victims of the Kettle/Potts women may not have been "pale kings and princes" exactly but we can assume they had some worth.

    • Rosemary: Ophrys sphegodes, the early spider orchid. The Ophrys sphegodes, or Early Spider Orchid, is a real flower. It blooms in the spring and has yellow/green/pink sepals and a broad brown velvety lip.

    • Laura: So what exactly is the language of flowers then? The language of flowers does actually exist. There are several variations, but the history that Rosemary gives of the code is in fact true.

    • This episode has several allusions to the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. Orpheus was the son of the god Apollo and the muse Calliope. He played the lyre so perfectly that even wild beasts were tamed. Orpheus married Eurydice, and soon after the wedding the shepherd Aristaeus made advances to her. In running away, she trod on a snake, was bitten in the foot and died. Orpheus was grief-stricken and travelled to Stygia to look for her in the Underworld, asking Pluto and Proserpine to let her come back to life. His music persuaded them, and Eurydice was allowed to leave with her husband on one condition, that he should not turn round to look at her until they were back in the upper air. But at the last moment Orpheus, in a moment of forgetfulness, looked back, and Euridice was snatched away from him again. He tried to follow her a second time, but the stern ferryman at the River Styx refused to carry him. Orpheus rejected all other women, and as a result was torn limb from limb by the Thracian maidens.

    • Laura: So what exactly is a gongoozler? A gongoozler is a nautical term for somebody who enjoys watching inexperienced people trying to work canal locks.

    • The title Three Legs Good is an allusion to George Orwell's book Animal Farm. When the animals first turn out the farmer and start running their own lives, their slogan is "Four legs good, two legs bad". Eventually the pigs move into the farm-house and learn to walk on two legs, and the slogan becomes "Four legs good, two legs better."

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