Rosemary & Thyme (2003–2006)
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In a Monastery Garden 

While Rosemary and Laura revive an old herb garden for an upcoming royal visit, a young girl is murdered, revealing a darker history of the town that goes beyond the gardens.


Brian Farnham


Peter Spence


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Episode complete credited cast:
Felicity Kendal ... Rosemary Boxer
Pam Ferris ... Laura Thyme
Michael Maloney ... Custos
Kim Thomson ... Andrea
Christopher Good ... The Dean
Charles Lawson ... Bingham
Jan Chappell Jan Chappell ... Elaine Bingham
William Oxborrow William Oxborrow ... Dr. Fairborn
Kate Alderton ... D.C. Hailwood
Neil McDermott ... Ryan (as Neil Mcdermott)
Florence Bell Florence Bell ... Trish
Callum Williams Callum Williams ... McKendrick


Laura and Rosemary take up residence at a cathedral in order to restore its herb garden for a millennium celebration. They are soon swept up in the intrigue surrounding the inhabitants, including a newly in-charge deacon who is looking into past financial improprieties, his young wife and her younger daughter, the daughter's boyfriend, who has a criminal record, the pair who run the Cathedral gift shop and may be skimming the profits, and the newly crippled dean. When the Catherdral's patron saint's stone statue becomes an instrument of murder, Rosemary and Laura discover that the old adage about bad things happening in threes seems to be coming true. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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21 January 2006 (UK) See more »

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When the boy McKendrick gets out of the car and tells Laura he can't reach the pedals, his lips don't move. See more »


Rosemary Boxer: You know what they say when the policemen start looking young.
Laura Thyme: To be the senior investigating officer, she looks like she's right out of college.
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Murder in the cathedral
22 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always adored detective dramas/mystery series. This has been apparent from an early age, half my life even, when getting into Agatha Christie through Joan Hickson's Miss Marple and David Suchet's Poirot and into 'Inspector Morse'.

Whether it's the more complex ones like 'Inspector Morse' (and its prequel series 'Endeavour') and anything Agatha Christie. Whether it's the grittier ones like 'A Touch of Frost' (though that is balanced brilliantly with comedy too) and particularly 'Taggart'. And whether it's the light-hearted ones like 'Murder She Wrote'. 'Rosemary and Thyme' is an example of a light-hearted detective mystery series and always gives me a lot of pleasures and banishes the blues when watching. It is a shame that it didn't last longer because it deserved to.

"In a Monastery Garden" for me is not quite one of my favourite 'Rosemary and Thyme' episodes, but is still great. It is slight but at no point does it feel dull, it's full of surprises and is not a case of not being enough suspects.

Personally though did find everything with the organ and pedals easy to figure out fairly early on in the investigation, meaning that the murderer wasn't as big a surprise as with other episodes.

Visually, "In a Monastery Garden" looks wonderful, beautifully photographed, vibrant in colour and as always with the show with a stunning setting, have always been envious of the gardens seen on the show. The music has a lot of charm with a main theme tune that is soothingly folksy that matches the whimsy of the setting appropriately.

The writing is engaging and suitably light-hearted without being frothy. Some of the dialogue for Laura and especially Rosemary is very funny. The story is suitably twisty without being too convoluted, and is entertaining and with a relaxing vibe without being simplistic.

Similarly the characters engage, with Rosemary and Laura already being interesting and distinct in personality, and the chemistry between the two sparkles. Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris are simply great, individually and as a sparkling double act, love Kendal's fire and feistiness and Ferris' more restrained and thoughtful approach. The supporting cast are hard to find fault with too.

Overall, another fine episode. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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