Rosemary & Thyme (2003–2006)
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Up the Garden Path 

Investigating a disease that is attacking the competing gardens of a small town, Rosemary and Thyme are put in the middle of murder involving revenge and whole lot of competition.


Simon Langton


Peter Spence


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Episode complete credited cast:
Felicity Kendal ... Rosemary Boxer
Pam Ferris ... Laura Thyme
Cassandra Holliday Cassandra Holliday ... Vilma Hockham
Lucy Fleming ... Grania Monkton
Michael Elwyn ... Tim Monkton
Lucy Robinson Lucy Robinson ... Norah Westward
Pip Torrens ... Donald Westward
Mark Stratton Mark Stratton ... D.I. Hammond
Max Gold Max Gold ... Judd
Andrew Grainger Andrew Grainger ... Barry Skinner
Angela Simpson Angela Simpson ... Tracey Skinner


The leading citizens of an picturesque English village are looking forward to their annual garden competition, but someone is vandalizing the gardens of the leading contenders by mixing weed killer in with their mulch. Laura and Rosemary are called in to help restore the plants in time for the competition but find that not only flowers are dying; villagers are dying of mysterious heart attacks as well. Written by

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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18 December 2004 (UK) See more »

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Grania Monkton: [relieved it wasn't murder] A heart attack! Oh, that is good news!
Rosemary Boxer: Not if you were Donald Westward.
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Remade as Crimes et botanique: Fleurs de sang (2014) See more »

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The withering of the rose
18 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.

"Up the Garden Path" for me is one of my favourite 'Rosemary and Thyme' episodes. At no point does it feel dull, it's full of surprises and is not a case of not being enough suspects.

Visually, "Up the Garden Path" 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 an ending that was not obvious, 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. Laura's care for Rosemary really comes through. 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.

In summation, wonderful. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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