Rosemary & Thyme (2003–2006)
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Orpheus in the Undergrowth 

While creating a memorial garden and helping to solve a murder, Laura tries to repair her relationship with her estranged daughter following her divorce.


Simon Langton


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Episode complete credited cast:
Felicity Kendal ... Rosemary Boxer
Pam Ferris ... Laura Thyme
Phyllida Law ... May Beauchamp
Joanna David ... Julia Moore
Lynsey Baxter ... Marcia Pearson
Stephen Lobo ... Izzy
Rowland Davies Rowland Davies ... Phillip Elliott
John Bennett ... Henry Vogel
Will Knightley Will Knightley ... Jeremy Pearson
Susanna Best Susanna Best ... Betty Ferguson
Ryan Philpott ... Matthew Thyme
Daisy Dunlop Daisy Dunlop ... Helena Thyme


Rosemary and Laura are invited to create a memorial garden by an exclusive home owners association. Laura's daughter Helena is a resident of the community and the two try to heal a painful rift in their relationship. The womens reconciliation takes a backseat when the body of a recovering alcoholic neighbor is found near the new garden area. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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8 October 2004 (UK) See more »

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Laura Thyme: Then you did have a rummage then?
Rosemary Boxer: I never could resist a bathroom cabinet.
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Memorial gardens, rifts and murder
10 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always adored detective dramas/mystery series. This has been apparent from an early age, half my life even, when getting into Agatha Christie through Joan Hickson's Miss Marple and David Suchet's Poirot and into 'Inspector Morse'.

Whether it's the more complex ones like 'Inspector Morse' (and its prequel series 'Endeavour') and anything Agatha Christie. Whether it's the grittier ones like 'A Touch of Frost' (though that is balanced brilliantly with comedy too) and particularly 'Taggart'. And whether it's the light-hearted ones like 'Murder She Wrote'. 'Rosemary and Thyme' is an example of a light-hearted detective mystery series and always gives me a lot of pleasures and banishes the blues when watching. It is a shame that it didn't last longer because it deserved to.

"Orpheus in the Undergrowth" for me is not quite one of my favourite 'Rosemary and Thyme' episodes, but is still great if not the most ingenious or unpredictable of cases. At no point does it feel dull, it's full of surprises and Laura's subplot (appreciated the episode developing her further) could have potentially got in the way too much and bogged things down but actually didn't and instead had heart.

Visually, "Orpheus in the Undergrowth" looks wonderful, beautifully photographed, vibrant in colour and as always with the show with a stunning setting, have always been envious of the gardens seen on the show. The music has a lot of charm with a main theme tune that is soothingly folksy that matches the whimsy of the setting appropriately.

The writing is engaging and suitably light-hearted without being frothy. Some of the dialogue for Laura and especially Rosemary is very funny. The story is suitably twisty, with a very well done ending and one of the show's most unpredictable murderers, without being too convoluted, and is entertaining and with a relaxing vibe without being simplistic.

Similarly the characters engage, with Rosemary and Laura already being interesting and distinct in personality, and the chemistry between the two sparkles. Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris are simply great, individually and as a sparkling double act, love Kendal's fire and feistiness and Ferris' more restrained and thoughtful approach. The supporting cast are hard to find fault with too.

Overall, great. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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