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Rosemary & Thyme – Series Two


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Episodes: B-



The story of two middle-aged women who are brought together by chance and an interest in murders was a bit hit.  Laura Thyme (Pam Ferris) is a former policewoman who just found out what a rat her husband is.  Rosemary Boxer (Felicity Kendall from Parting Shots, reviewed elsewhere on this site) has just lost her job and wants to smash her former employer.  Together, they are back in Rosemary & Thyme – Series Two (2004) and 9 more episodes comprising of eight more mysteries (14 to date) are featured in this new DVD set from Acorn Media far.  The episodes this time are:



1)     The Memory Of Water – The two-part second-season opener has the duo fixing the grounds of a British courtyard near a prison.  They do their best to get their work done and get out, but want it to be done right in the first place.  Just before they can finish, someone turns up drowned to death, so they stick around to clean that mess up too.

2)     Orpheus In The Undergrowth – Lighting strikes twice when the ladies are hired to fix up an important memorial, when a dead body shows up in the middle of the construction.  Well, they will not have any of that and decide to even find out who murdered the poor soul

3)     They Understand Me In Paris – The duo get hired to help restore a 150-year-old garden in France, but some people would like to see it rot, even if that includes newly rotting corpses.

4)     The Invisible Worm – Anthony Andrews guest stars in a show where the ladies are called into find out why roses are dying on a college campus.  Then, higher forms of life start to follow, so they investigate.

5)     The Gongoozlers – A new TV show about making over your garden could have axes falling on set as Rosemary is injured under mysterious circumstances.  Laura and the host of the show team up to investigate!

6)     The Italian Rapscallion – The ladies go to do their plant work in Italy for a restaurant, but a break form the work turns to murder and they do double duty to finds out why.

7)     Swords Into Plowshares – A woman poses as Rosemary to possibly destroy a garden and steal priceless merchandise, causing the ladies to do their take on battling identity theft.

8)     Up The Garden Path – A contest for best garden turns to the contestants finding all their work mysteriously destroyed.  When the head of the contest turns up dead, they decide to change the rules a bit themselves and find out what is going on.



Rosemary & Thyme is absolutely still worth your time, even when some of the mysteries run into minor problems.  There is more here than in the first set and a third series is underway.  The ladies fit even better into their roles this time and this is all top rate TV Mystery fare for the most part.  It is also fun. 


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1/16 X 9 image is nice and clean, a top-rate presentation in line with the best digital HD-intended TV productions that are thankfully on the increase.  This may even looks a tad better than the transfers from the previous set, if still lacking detail in parts.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo once again has nice Pro Logic surrounds and the combination makes the show a fine watch on DVD.  The theme song is performed by John Williams, with general music performed by Christopher Gunning.   All the extras are on DVD 1 and include another stills section, cast biography text, text production notes and a trivia quiz for the first time.  Start with the first set, then try this one.  Odds are if you like mysteries, you’ll want both.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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