Rosemary & Thyme

Season 2 Episode 2

Orpheus In The Undergrowth

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Oct 08, 2004 on ITV
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Orpheus In The Undergrowth
Julia Moore, an old friend of Laura's, asks her and Rosemary to design a memorial garden based on the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. Laura learns that her daughter Helena is staying nearby in a property owned by Julia, and she hopes to heal the rift with her, after Helena blamed her parents' separation on her mother. But then Jeremy Pearson, another of Julia's tenants, turns up dead in the new memorial garden. Rosemary and Laura need to work out who killed Jeremy, and also who is vandalizing their work on the garden every night.moreless

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    Phyllida Law

    Phyllida Law

    Mary Beauchamp

    Guest Star

    Joanna David

    Joanna David

    Julia Moore

    Guest Star

    Lynsey Baxter

    Lynsey Baxter

    Marcia Pearson

    Guest Star

    Ryan Philpott

    Ryan Philpott

    Matthew Thyme

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • May: This was Ronnie's tin hat. British Army standard issue. He wore it in Normandy.
        Helena: In the landings?
        May: No, to keep the sun out of his eyes the last time we went on holiday. He went a bit eccentric in his old age, but I loved him.

      • May: Deep dark blues, oh Ronnie would love that. He was a life long Chelsea supporter.

      • Laura: That's one thing I've learnt about love.
        Helena: And that is?
        Laura: I know nothing whatever about it. It comes in all shapes and sizes. It hangs on you like a snowflake and melts away into nothing. It drops on you from a great height and sticks to you like glue. You never know when it's going to come or what sort you're going to get.
        Helena: What sort did you get with Dad?
        Laura: The sort that's like being dumped on by a passing pigeon. Messy and bloody hard to shift.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • 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.