Rosemary & Thyme

Season 1 Episode 1

And No Birds Sing

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Aug 31, 2003 on ITV
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And No Birds Sing
Botanist Rosemary Boxer visits her friend Daniel Kellaway in connection with a grant for her university, and Daniel asks her to check out why several trees in the grounds of his country house are dying. Daniel is also suffering badly from skin problems. Meanwhile, Laura Thyme has left her husband, and she goes to see a friend called Sam - shortly before Sam is killed in a mysterious car crash. Rosemary and Laura meet and strike up a friendship, and they begin to work together on investigating Sam's accident and the dying trees. Then Rosemary gets sacked from her job at the university, and she finds Daniel on the ground having fallen out of his bedroom window. He says he saw his house-keeper prowling around with a knife. The duo visit Daniel in hospital, where his eczema is getting better, despite not using his medication for it - and they begin to put two and two together.moreless

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  • Laura Thyme throws a rock while Rosemary Boxer throws a punch. Excellent pilot episode.

    This wonderful episode is the first in this series. The two women establish the personality of their characters. Laura Thyme comes out of her house in the beginning of the episode to catch a taxi, but first she walks around her lovely garden which she is going to miss. Laura stops by the pond, reaches down to pick up a rock, and then unexpectedly throws the rock through the window of her house. Rosemary Boxer, who had been a professor at a university for many years, was let go by the man that she came to the house with. But he does not tell Rosemary to her face that she has been fired. Rosemary gets a letter. She finds out that he is visiting, hunts him down, and punches him in the face. While the actions of the two women show a level of violence, that is not the point. Rosemary and Laura are women of action, not push-overs. This bodes well for the series. Excellent start.moreless
Kate Gartside

Kate Gartside

Alicia Kellaway

Guest Star

Matyelok Gibbs

Matyelok Gibbs

Mrs Potts

Guest Star

David Mallinson

David Mallinson

Daniel Kellaway

Guest Star

Ryan Philpott

Ryan Philpott

Matthew Thyme

Recurring Role

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    • 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.