Rosemary & Thyme

Season 3 Episode 4

Three Legs Good

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Feb 11, 2006 on ITV
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Three Legs Good
Rosemary and Laura are hired to help re-create a plantation in an old Avenue garden in Regent's Park, London, originally created by the Victorian designer William Nesfield. But they are constantly interrupted by a stream of characters for whom the central London park is part of their daily life, including joggers, tramps, students and nannies who have lost their children. Then what little peace there is in the Avenue is shattered when a three-legged dog called Holly leads the ladies to the body of her late owner, Pavel Volkar, a Harley Street psychiatrist, who has been murdered. Rosemary and Laura adopt the dog, who must have witnessed the killing and who seems to want justice. And it appears that the story of the accident in which Holly lost her missing leg may be the key to solving the murder of her late owner.moreless

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    • Brian Eastman, the show's producer, saw a three-legged dog in Regent's Park while he was working on the script for this episode. "A few weeks later, the dog was the star of the script", he commented. Brian had hoped to use the same dog for the show, but he never found it again. The search was on for a replacement, and luckily a Jack Russell with a missing leg, who really is called 'Holly', was found and signed up. In real life, Holly is the boss of a pub near Oxford.


    • 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."