Rosemary & Thyme – Series Three
B- Sound: B- Extras: C Episodes: B-
another stuffy British Television Series!
Well if this is your mind set you are dead wrong. Rosemary
and Thyme - Series Three is a new excellent release from of neighbors from
across the sea. Though for years the
American Entertainment Industry has been stealing (or leasing?) British reality
TV ideas as well as game shows, other brands of British entertainment has been
left alone due to the feeling that we as Americans have a more crude sense of
humor, adventure, and mystery. Well with
DVD sets being pumped out more and more it is no surprise that America is
seeing a plethora of British TV series on our store shelves.
reviewer would have to agree that many series are stuffy for an array of
reasons such as atmosphere, dry story line, or bad picture and sound quality;
but Acorn Media seems to find the best of the best British Television for
American viewers to partake in. To
summarize what the series is about, this 3 disc, 8 episode set follows
professional gardeners and amateur detectives Felicity Kendal (Rosemary) and
Pam Ferris (Thyme) as they fix up the gardens and stumble into strange
mysteries that they are sure to solve.
The series, overall, is quite inviting and interesting each mystery
being very unique, and the women being a great dark comedy to the series.
for this installment include:
Disc One -
In a Monastery Garden
gardeners are called in to fix-up an old herb garden that must be revived in
time for a Royal visit. In the process
of fixing up the old monastery’s grounds, some of the locals seem unsettled by
the gardeners’ presence and soon a young girl is murdered.
Seeds of Time
famous, botanist has passed away and Rosemary and Thyme are called in to make
the deceased garden presentable for the home’s sale. Soon into the organization of some seeds and
the grounds a strange murder takes place in the garden, leading to Rosemary and
Thyme to put on their monocles and detective hats.
flame calls upon Rosemary to come to Spain to create a Moorish garden for him
on his hillside home. Soon after their
arrival Rosemary and Thyme know something is amiss.
Disc Two -
Three Legs Good
and Thyme are called upon to recreate the original plantings of the famous
Regent Park’s Garden in London. Due to
their personalities and charming skills Rosemary and Thyme meet many
interesting people, but murder soon brings happiness to a halt. This murder makes the sleuths start sniffing
the grounds for clues, while making a new three legged friend.
The Gooseberry Bush
This is a
two for one mystery. While fixing up a
garden for a woman who is to remarry her ex-husband, Rosemary and Thyme
discover a baby in the garden. After
this young discovery, an artist across town also ends up dead, creating an even
deeper mystery. What will the team do?
Spain (of course fixing up a Garden) a young tennis pro dies after a night out
on the town. Of course suspecting foul
play (not foul ball) Rosemary and Thyme abandon their new hobbies discovered in
Spain and start Sleuthing.
Enter Two Gardeners
an outside theater’s garden, Rosemary and Thyme’s efforts are thwarted by a
terrible stage ‘accident.’ Rather than
doing their normal detective duties Thyme seems to be caught up in theater
rather than mystery theater.
The Cup of Silence
that is more tangled than the weeds they seek to destroy, Rosemary and Thyme
find themselves caught up in one final case for this set when a wine columnist
unexpectedly dies at the site of the vineyard.
technical features of this DVD set adequate, but not wonderful. The picture is presented in a pleasant 1.78 X
1/16 X 9 Anamorphic Widescreen that is crisp and clear. The only gripe with the picture is the
occasion where picture seems too bright, but that is not often. The sound is clean in its Dolby Digital 2.0
Stereo with combined Pro Logic surrounds. The crisp sound presentation makes
for an enjoyable British Television experience, which on other sets can make
the atmosphere even stuffier. The extras
are not very good, being very basic in nature on presenting as a stills
section, cast bios, text production notes, and a few more features which
overall are drab.
reviewer found this series to be far superior to some other British Series that
are monotonous, stuffy, and overall boring.
The women of this series combined with good mysteries and a thoughtful
sense of humor, make this for a superb British series. This reviewer had never seen any of the
previous Series (the previous ones
are covered on this site) but found this set to be enticing and griping. For mystery fans this set is a jolly good
- Michael P Dougherty