Follow TV Tropes

Following

Series / Rosemary And Thyme

Go To

A 2003–2006 British Cozy 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.

Advertisement:


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: In "Racquet Espanol". A man is deathly allergic to insect bites, so his epipen is stolen and an aggressive spider is placed in an open water bottle hidden under a pillow in the hope of making in inevitable bite look like an accident.
  • Black Widow: One of the murderers in "Orpheus in the Undergrowth".
  • 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.
  • Advertisement:
  • Chekhov's Skill: In "A Simple Plot", Tiberius the guide dog is very good at retrieving dropped keys. This skill saves Rosemary's life in the episode's climax when she's locked in an elevator shaft while said elevator is descending.
  • Close-Knit Community: Several episodes involve the duo being hired to do work on the gardens of a beautiful country manor, and being forced deal with this trope in the surrounding village when a body turns up.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Both girls, many times. When a snooty police detective (one of several who thinks they're a couple) questions Laura in "The Language of Flowers," she tells him she'd been a housewife, before that, a policewoman. (Her husband made her quit when they married.)
    Detective Inspector Taylor. Why'd you quit?
    Laura. I was stupid enough to marry a D.I.
  • Advertisement:
  • Dude Magnet: Harriet in "The Tree of Death". Prompting one of her suitors to try to thin out the competition a little.
  • Design Student's Orgasm: The opening credits. Slow-motion flower porn.
  • 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.
    • In the beginning same episode there is constant mention of a handyman who is shirking his duties. He's later revealed to be the man who's been masquerading as 'Cousin Jim'.
    • In "A Simple Plot" Rosemary jokingly mentions her terrible track record with men...while on a date with the man who turns out to be the murderer.
  • Friend on the Force: Laura's police officer son. This is lampshaded in "Racquet Espanol", where he's rather peeved that he's forced to act as an officer on what is supposed to be his holiday.
  • Greed: This motive is massive red herring in "The Language of Flowers". The victim was killed after she decided to update her will...to include the illegitimate daughter of her husband. However said daughter didn't care about the money at all, and just wanted the victim dead to avenge her mother. It is the actual motive in "A Simple Plot".
  • Idiot Ball: What kicks off the murder plot in "Arabica and the Early Spider". The victim is working late and sees some suspicious figures digging up his lawn. Instead of doing the smart thing of retreating inside and calling the police he chooses to confront them and gets shot for his troubles. Rosemary also gets hit with this in the same episode, as after being shot at through her window she choses to open the door and yell at the shooters. Both instances are heavily lampshaded by the more level headed characters.
  • 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.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: The murderer in "The Tree of Death" is caught after boasting during The Summation that they knew that the arrow which killed the victim was shot from the side door of the church...when that fact was a secret to everyone but Rosemary and Laura.
  • 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.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: The murder in "A Simple Plot".
  • Mistaken for Gay: In "Arabica and the Early Spider", Det. Inspector Trelawney is convinced that Rosemary and Laura are a lesbian couple. This happens in a few following episodes.
  • Mystery Magnets: Rosemary and Laura encounter a surprising amount of violent crime while gardening.
  • Never Suicide: The death in "The Memory of Water" appears at first glance to be suicide, until Rosemary spies the man she saw go into the river (and whose body was found earlier on that day) walking around the market.
  • 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 Now, We're Too Busy Crying over You: In "Swords Into Ploughshares," Laura sees a news report that Rosemary has been murdered.note  When she and a client try to tell Rosemary's mother, the old lady laughs gaily and calls out to her daughter.
    Mother. Rosemary is here.
    Laura. Yes, I know what you mean, it's as if she's just stepped into the next room.
    (Rosemary enters, having just had a bath. Laura & client are stunned.)
    Mother. Now shall I put the kettle on?''
  • 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: The entire series is filled with lush gardens and beautiful houses, from snug little cottages to lavish mansions.
  • Shown Their Work: Created to entertain an actual gardener, the show contains accurate horticultural knowledge, some of it quite obscure.
  • Your Cheating Heart: The pilot episode has Laura's husband leave her for a 23 year old police secretary. "Orpheus in the Undergrowth" reveals he tried to convince Helena (their daughter) that the reason the marriage broke down was due to Laura having an affair with his best friend. In the same episode, Helena's boyfriend turns out to be the murderer's boytoy.
    • In "Arabica and the Early Spider" the foreman's wife had a serious affair with the owner of the village stables, but returned to her husband after the former became bankrupt. Her husband deliberately strove to bankrupt the stable owner to spite them both. However the people he hired to do the dirty-work of the plan he had in mind wound up murdering another person who was in on the scheme and then burying her in the grounds of an abandoned manor.
    • Everyone with a named spouse is cheating in "The Language of Flowers", including the victim's now deceased husband - who fathered a daughter who would end up murdering her.
    • Covering up an affair is the motive for the murders in "Memory of Water" - Suzanne Frazer did not want the village to know about her indiscretions.
  • You Killed My Father: The motive in "The Language of Flowers". The victim is killed by the child of a woman she drove to suicide years before.

Top

Example of:

/
/

Feedback