'Rosemary & Thyme - Series Three'
(Felicity Kendal, Pam Ferris, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / (2005) 2007 / Acorn Media)
Overview: Stunning locations at home and abroad provide the backdrop for this hit British mystery series starring Felicity Kendal (Good Neighbors, The Camomile Lawn) and Pam Ferris (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Matilda) as professional gardeners and amateur sleuths. From their former careers as a university plant biologist and a police officer, Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme bring unique investigative talents to their horticultural and human mysteries. Their unobtrusive presence in the garden gives them unique access to secrets other detectives might miss—and that murderers would rather not reveal.
DVD Verdict: Season three (which I am sorry to have to tell you - since the show was cancelled - was the last in the wonderful, innovative series) finds our savvy, wise and very humorous professional horticulturist and amateur detectives doing what they do best - planting, reviving, restoring and tending gorgeous gardens in various locales. Including, of course, Great Britain where, somehow, murders most foul seems to lurk or seem to be buried in the mulch or in irrigation canals. Rosemary and Thyme's mature wisdom and humor are very evident in season three! Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris are per usual splendid as the aforesaid characters. They solve splendidly some rather, to me, convoluted murder/mysteries in season three. Over the course of these (final) 8 episodes, Laura and Rosemary investigate mysteries involving seeds from South America, a three-legged dog, an abandoned infant, cheesy outdoor theatricals, and moaning and clanking in the attic of a struggling hotel. However, it still does make for a most enjoyable time spent viewing these shows. And where you may not find them as intriguing as say "Inspector Morse", "Inspector Lynley" or "A Touch of Frost," due to the skills of the actresses and due to some peeks at some beautiful gardens, this is (was) a most enjoyable series. If it is indeed over, I will miss it immensely especially Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris as Rosemary and Thyme. This is a Widescreen Presentation (16:9) and comes with the Special Features of: