Quick DVD Box Set Review – ‘Rosemary & Thyme’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

My Mum enjoyed her birthday present this year, which was the complete series of ‘Rosemary & Thyme’, starring Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris. I’m very pleased my Mum enjoyed ‘Rosemary & Thyme’. It’s a good purchase as we watched every episode of the 22-episode series in March 2021. 🙂

We’re likely to watch ‘Rosemary & Thyme’ again very soon. 😀 The show focuses on Felicity Kendal as Rosemary Boxer and Pam Ferris as Laura Thyme who become gardening detectives when doing professional garden jobs whether it’d be in England or places in Europe. The show is very compelling.

I know Felicity Kendal best for playing Barbara Good in ‘The Good Life’ with Richard Briers and she was in the ‘Doctor Who’ episode ‘The Unicorn and the Wasp’. Pam Ferris, for me, played Miss Trunchbull in the film called ‘Matilda’ and she recently played Sister Evangelina in ‘Call the Midwife’.

I enjoyed Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris’ chemistry as Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme in this series. They clearly get on well with each other and I like the banter they share when conducting gardening jobs as well as solving crimes. It’s very nice to see how they interact together as partners.

I was surprised to learn that Felicity Kendal is two years older than Pam Ferris. I wouldn’t have guessed that since Felicity seems younger than Pam. Mind you, I’ve only seen Felicity as a young person in ‘The Good Life’ and I haven’t seen Pam Ferris as a young person before doing ‘Matilda’ in 1996. 😐

‘Rosemary & Thyme’ lasted for three seasons from 2003 to 2007. A shame they didn’t do more than that as ‘Rosemary & Thyme’ is a cosy mystery drama thriller series to watch. Maybe they might revive the series at some point with a future special episode, although it doesn’t seem very likely. 😦

The show was created by Brian Eastman (who did ‘Poirot’ and ‘Jeeves & Wooster’ for ITV) and Clive Exton. As well as Clive Exton, other writers for the show include Isabelle Grey, David Joss Buckley, Chris Fewtrell, Peter Spence, Simon Brett, Guy Andrews and Stephen Gallagher. Hey, wait a minute!

Stephen Gallagher?! As in the Stephen Gallagher who wrote ‘Warriors’ Gate’ and ‘Terminus’ in ‘Doctor Who’. Huh! Interesting choice of writer for a crime drama series as opposed to a sci-fi series! Actually, the episodes that he wrote for ‘Rosemary & Thyme’ were the openers for Series 2 and 3. 😀

And they’re quite long episodes. The opener for Series 2 is 93 minutes long whilst the opener for Series 3 is 70 minute long. The rest of the episodes for Series 1, 2 and 3 are about 47-50 minutes long. It’s interesting how Stephen Gallagher’s ‘Rosemary & Thyme’ episodes are longer than the rest.

It was nice to see some guest stars featured in the ‘Rosemary & Thyme’ episodes. These included Michael Cochrane (who was in ‘Black Orchid’ in ‘Doctor Who’), Phyllida Law (who was in ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures’), Julian Wadham (who plays John Steed in the Big Finish audio revival of ‘The Avengers’), Michael Maloney (who I’ve seen in an episode of ‘Monarch of the Glen’ and he’s done Big Finish audios of ‘Doctor Who’), Anna Wilson-Jones (who played Justine in Series 1 and 2 of ‘Monarch of the Glen’), Christopher Benjamin (who plays Henry Gordon Jago in ‘Doctor Who’ for TV and Big Finish audio) and John McGlynn (who played Calum in the original ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ series). These guest star names are the tip of the iceberg of so many guest stars in the series!

Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris steal the show as Rosemary and Laura in ‘Rosemary & Thyme’. I enjoyed watching ‘Rosemary & Thyme’ with my parents in March 2021. I’m glad my Mum enjoyed the series and I’m sure we’ll be watching it again soon. It’s a worthy series to watch in these current times – please keep safe. 🙂 I’m sure that I will be sharing full in-depth reviews on the episodes soon.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂


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