Rosemary & Thyme: Season 2, Episode 6

The Italian Rapscallion (5 Nov. 2004)

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Bending over backwards to prepare an Italian restaurant for its grand opening, Laura and Rosemary play investigators when an English private detective is murdered. Blackmail, scandal and much more are revealed as the mystery is solved.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Emma Standish
Doctor Llewellyn
Sir Basil Slavinski
Felicity Dean ...
Gloria Gable
Celia Llewellyn
Fabrizio Biaggi
Dido Miles ...
Janice Alexander
Bruno Bilotta ...
Sergente Martino


Rosemary and Laura are hired by an expatriate Englishwoman to do the landscaping for a new terraced restaurant on a seaside hill near San Remo, Italy. They sign up for a tour of the area, conducted by former professor and TV personality Doctor Llewellyn, who lost both jobs under clouded circumstances. After the body of Janice Alexander, a member of the tour group and reportedly the long lost daughter of another notable expatriate, British diplomat Sir Basil Slavinsk, is discovered with her head crushed, the authorities are brought in. Laura identifies Alexander as a former member of the police who was possibly in the country on an assignment. The number of suspects is reduced by one after Sir Basil, now identified as an impostor and petty crook, is found at the base of a cliff having jumped or been pushed to his death. Written by

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Emma Standish: You don't get it, do you? Janice is his long lost daughter. She searches for him high and low. She reveals to him who she is.
Rosemary Boxer: And then he hits her on the head with a rock?
Emma Standish: Exactly.
Laura Thyme: Why would he do that, Emma?
Emma Standish: Well... you can't expect me to fill in every last detail. Who knows how a man would react when he's confronted by a long lost relative? You know what men are like!
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Another amusing and picturesque setting in Italy for the amateur sleuths...
11 August 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

If you find plenty of photography of the Italian countryside a pleasure to watch, this episode is one of the more enjoyable entries in this series.

But once again, the motive appears to be weak and you may as well just settle back and enjoy the scenery because the clues are so meager they're almost invisible. Just leave it to Rosemary and Thyme to solve the case. Don't expect to solve it yourself.

Some engaging performances are a big help. SUZANNE BERTISH as a frivolous woman who hires the gardeners before throwing a big party has some enjoyable one-liners and TRISTAN GEMMILL does a fine job as the young Italian who becomes a prime suspect in the eyes of the police.

Leisurely, as all of these stories are, amusing and picturesque.

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