Series / Rosemary And Thyme

A 20032006 British murder mystery series starring Felicity Kendall and Pam Ferris as Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme, a pair of gardeners who have a tendency to stumble across a lot more violent murders and crimes than you would normally expect of a pair of gardeners. Fortunately, as one is a retired professor of biology and the other is a retired police officer, they also possess more skills in solving crimes than you would expect a pair of gardeners to possess as well.

Rosemary & Thyme provides examples of:

  • All Abusers Are Male: Subverted in the episode "Agua Cadaver."
  • The Alleged Car: Rosemary's Land Rover
  • Alone with the Psycho: They find an alarming number of murderers this way.
  • Always Murder
  • Amateur Sleuths
  • Animal Assassin Season 3 Episode 6 "Racquet Espanol." A man is deathly allergic to insect bites, so his epi pen is stolen and an aggressive spider is placed in an open water bottle hidden under a pillow. The hope is it will look like an accident. The motive is this man has invested in a resort. The murder wants the resort shut down so it could be sold to a different developer.
  • Body Horror: In "And No Birds Sing", one of the characters is suffering from a horrific case of dermatitis caused deliberately by his wife.
  • British Brevity: The show ran for three series, totaling 22 episodes
  • Butt-Monkey : Poor Laura often makes some bad decisions for nothing more than laughs, and her figure and fondness for food is derided. Lightly, but still.
  • Foreshadowing: In "The Memory of Water", when Rosemary and Laura are talking to Martin Frazer about their encounters with his eccentric cousin Jim, Martin says of his cousin "The man you met is a stranger to me.". As it happens, he really is (although Martin doesn't know it), as the man that they met was someone pretending to be Jim.
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Adam in "Enter Two Gardeners" investigates the misfiring of the prop gun by looking down the barrel and trying to fire it again. He shoots himself in the face.
  • Literary Allusion Title: Frequently in the episodes. Examples include "And No Birds Sing" (Keats) and "Swords Into Ploughshares" (The Bible). Also the title of the show itself.
  • Little Old Lady Investigates: Although Rosemary and Laura are more middle-aged than elderly
  • Mistaken for Gay: In "Arabica and the Early Spider", the investigating DI is convinced that Rosemary and Laura are a lesbian couple.
  • Mystery Magnets: Rosemary and Laura encounter a surprising amount of violent crime while gardening.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: or with the whole language. In the episode "Sweet Angelica," students from Poland are played by British youths who are reading out their lines in Polish really, really badly, the effect not even resembling Polish speech. Would have been easier to just go with translation convention.
  • Not-So-Fake Prop Weapon: The gun used in the play in "Enter Two Gardeners" turns out to be loaded. See I Just Shot Marvin in the Face above.
  • Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: A form of this brings about the death of George Hamilton Teed, the editor of the local paper in "The Memory of Water". Having read Jim Frazer's latest gossipy letter, he leaves a message on the Frazers' answering machine warning about "an important affair that could affect the whole village". Suzanne Frazer hears the message and mistakenly assumes it's about the affair she's having with the handyman, over which she has already murdered Jim Frazer, so she murders Hamilton Teed to "silence" him. The message is really about the village's war memorial.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: As the title suggests, the show's theme song is "Scarborough Fair". Also, the episode "They Understand Me In Paris", set in France, uses an arrangement of "Frère Jacques" as background music.
  • Really Gets Around: The handyman from "Agua Cadaver" and the painter from "Gooseberry Bush." Bonus points to the painter for his age.
  • Scenery Porn
  • Shown Their Work : created to entertain an actual gardener, the show contains actual horticultural knowledge, some of it quite obscure.