Rosemary & Thyme (2003–2006)
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The Language of Flowers 

When the rich widow hiring Rosemary and Thyme to restore a garden and waterfall is murdered, a gardening book written by her late husband may hold the key to the solution.


Tom Clegg


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Felicity Kendal ... Rosemary Boxer
Pam Ferris ... Laura Thyme
Ruth Platt ... Maggie Goffe
Anna Wilson-Jones ... Kate Pritchard
Paul Ansdell ... Jeff Caldecott
Antonia Pemberton Antonia Pemberton ... Frances Caldecott
Antony Carrick ... Sir Edward Banks
Mark Powley ... Gary Pritchard
Chris Larkin ... Pete Farmer
Annette Bentley Annette Bentley ... Sally Walsh
Mike Dowling Mike Dowling ... Bernard Walsh
Ryan Philpott ... Matthew Thyme
Graham McTavish ... D.I. Taylor
Natalie Forbes Natalie Forbes ... Carol
Jamie Martin Jamie Martin ... Soco


The Caldecott family is turning their estate into a health spa. Rosemary and Laura are asked to restore the decayed grand water cascade of their once famous garden. When the ill-tempered matron of the family is murdered, Laura and Rosemary attempt to expose the killer by reading clues left in the flower garden by its long dead creator. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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12 September 2003 (UK) See more »

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Gary Pritchard: [Referring to Laura's thermos] Is that gin you got in there?
Laura Thyme: Beg your pardon!
Gary Pritchard: Well, you look as if you need revving up a bit.
Laura Thyme: Mr. Pritchard, you would be the last person I would choose to press my accelerator.
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Death, love and vengeance
7 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.

Can find not much to fault "The Language of Flowers", other than agreed some of the clues and how they're revealed stretching things a bit.

Visually, "The Language of Flowers" 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, didn't predict the ending which was a surprise, without being 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 Kendall and Pam Ferris are simply great, individually and as a sparkling double act, love Kendall's fire and feistiness and Ferris' more restrained and thoughtful approach. The supporting cast are hard to find fault with too.

On the whole, great. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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