The BEST Episodes of Rosemary and Thyme

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Apr 30, 2020

Network: ITV1

Meet Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme, two amateur green-fingered sleuths who came together through a mutual love of plants and troubled social lives. Together they start a new life as a gardening business, tackling horticultural problems for anybody who requires help. Mystery however is never very far behind them, and as soon as they start a new assignment they soon discover plots and conspiracies in-between the herbaceous borders. Nevertheless the dynamic and inquisitive duo tries to solve the murderous goings on, whilst dealing with problems a little closer to their profession. Welcome to the world of Rosemary and Thyme.

Enter Two Gardeners

#1 - Enter Two Gardeners

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 6, 2007

Rosemary's cousin, Charles, is performing with an amateur dramatic group and she and Laura have been brought along to prepare the garden of the open-air theatre in time for opening night. When one of the actors accidentally shoots himself during rehearsal and the police discover the gun wasn't loaded with blanks, it appears there's a murderer in their midst. Will the play go without a hitch or is someone out to sabotage it?

star 8.51
47 votes
The Cup Of Silence

#2 - The Cup Of Silence

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 23, 2005

With growing interest in English vineyards, Laura and Rosemary are pleased to be invited to see Ben Blackton's Crickle Valley Vineyard. Unhappily, weeds are choking his vines, and the gardeners are asked to find a horticultural solution to the problem. Ben is at odds with his brother Stuart, who runs a hotel alongside Ben's vineyard, over the future of the property - a rivalry made worse by the murder of Ben's girlfriend and the death of a visiting wine writer in mysterious circumstances. Luckily, the detective work of Rosemary and Laura not only unmasks the killer but also rescues the future of the Crickle Valley Vineyard.

star 8.27
60 votes
Directors: Brian Farham
Writers:
The Invisible Worm

#3 - The Invisible Worm

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 22, 2004

Rosemary and Laura are called to Stagford Lodge Prep School to investigate the case of the newly planted roses dying, as well as extending the already planted rose garden. Whilst investigating the problem the duo are invited by Mr Oakley the classics teacher to dine at the masters table on 'the night of the stag' when the school boys play a practical joke on one of the masters. The night goes horribly awry and two teacher are attacked. Despite the events Rosemary and Laura begin to suspect there is even more trouble to come and their suspicions are proved when they discover the body of Simon Todd, the geography master buried in the grounds...

star 8.25
52 votes
Directors: Simon Langton
Writers: Guy Andrews
And No Birds Sing

#4 - And No Birds Sing

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 31, 2003

Rosemary Boxer goes to visit her friend Daniel Kellaway, who suffers from eczema, to receive a cash grant for her university but is asked by him to investigate the dying trees in the grounds of his mansion home. Laura Thyme has left her home after being cheated on by her husband and goes to see her friend Sam, who is later killed in a car accident whilst driving home one night. After meeting one another and forming a firm friendship, Rosemary and Laura begin to investigate into the accident and the dying trees. Later on, after being fired from her university, Rosemary is shocked to discover Daniel on the ground having fallen from his bedroom window, moments after spotting his housekeeper prowling the grounds with a knife. The duo then visit Daniel in hospital where they are surprised to find that his eczema is getting better, despite not using his prescribed medication...

star 8.11
91 votes
Directors: Brian Farnham
Writers: Clive Exton
Up The Garden Path

#5 - Up The Garden Path

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 18, 2004

Rosemary and Laura are called to Rowfield to find out the cause of a mysterious blight, which only seems to affect the plants from gardens competing in the local open day competition. The competition is fierce between those after the first prize and the duo soon discover that the competitors are blaming each other for the troublesome blight. Suspecting the soil in each garden is being contaminated by weed killer as an act of sabotage, Rosemary and Laura discover the competitors will do anything to win, when they come across the dead body of last years winner Mr Westwood...

star 7.95
78 votes
Directors: Simon Langton
Writers: Peter Spence
Swords Into Ploughshares

#6 - Swords Into Ploughshares

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 12, 2004

Laura is shocked to hear from a news report that Rosemary has been shot dead whilst investigating a problem of dying plants at Engleton Park. Denying the fact that Rosemary would start a job without her, Laura puts it upon herself to tell Rosemary's mother Barbara what has happened, only to find Rosemary herself staying there. The three women go to see the body apparently belonging to Rosemary Boxer but find it is actually a female archaeologist called Gemma Jackson, who studied at he same university as Rosemary. Deciding to use the problem of the dying plants at Engleton Park as a cover to find out what has been going on, Rosemary and Laura discover not all things are as they appear to be...

star 7.90
52 votes
Directors: Gwennan Sage
Writers: Chris Fewtrell
The Tree Of Death

#7 - The Tree Of Death

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 3, 2003

Rosemary and Laura go to the village of Baffington where they are asked by the vicar to clean up the local churchyard in time for the upcoming Medieval Fayre. They soon meet Mr Danvers, a medieval times enthusiast who tells them about his plans to buy a local site called Brockett's farm but has competition for the land from drugs firm Knussens. At a village meeting to discuss the matter, the co-owner of Brockett's farm, the long lost Malcolm Sutton turns up, vowing not to sell the property. When Rosemary and Laura return to the churchyard the next day, they discover Malcolm under a yew tree, with an arrow through his chest...

star 7.90
82 votes
Directors: Brian Farham
Writers: Peter Spence, Simon Brett
The Memory Of Water (1)

#8 - The Memory Of Water (1)

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 3, 2004

Rosemary and Laura are called to Lyvedon manor to restore the now derelict wall gardens by the request of the garden's owner Martin Frazer. As a source of cheap labor to assisst Rosemary and Laura work on the gardens, Martin enlists the help of a group of inmates from the local prison. Initially Rosemary is suspicious of working with prisoners but soon gets used to it, but a greater shock awaits her when she witnesses Martin's odd cousin Jim jumping into the local fast flowing river, killing himself. Soon after at the local market, Rosemary is shocked to see Jim walking around, despite his body being found and identified by Martin himself.

star 7.86
84 votes
Directors: Brian Farnham
Writers: Stephen Gallagher
Racquet Espanol

#9 - Racquet Espanol

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 30, 2007

Laura's son, Matthew, and his friends are on their annual tennis holiday at a beautiful tennis camp owned by former champion Ray Parfitt in southern Spain where Laura and Rosemary are creating a trophy garden for his Pro-Am tennis tournament. When one of the players is found dead after a night out everyone assumes it was a drunken accident but the girls suspect foul play. In the neighbouring village of Mijas, Rosemary rediscovers the thrill of riding motor scooters, while Laura finds the local bullring a mysterious and threatening place. The value of property proves to be the driving force for evil in this idyllic, sun-drenched resort.

star 7.83
48 votes
A Simple Plot

#10 - A Simple Plot

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 26, 2003

Rosemary and Laura travel across the country to assist Rosemary's old friend the blind Professor Mullins, who has asked them to look into the odd death of random patches of plants on his allotment. The duo accompany the professor to an allotment committee meeting to discuss the strange circumstances but are shocked to find that the allotments are to be sold to a building firm. The professor manages to force a vote on the decision to sell the land and saves the day, much to the disappointment of builder Mr Kelly and site owner Hugo Dainty. Returning to the allotments the next day, Rosemary and Laura discover the lifeless body of Professor Mullins in a hole near his allotment...

star 7.82
90 votes
Directors: Tom Clegg
Writers: Chris Fewtrell
Orpheus In The Undergrowth

#11 - Orpheus In The Undergrowth

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 8, 2004

Rosemary and Laura are asked to design a memorial garden based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice for an old friend called Julia Moore. Laura discovers that her daughter Helena is being housed by Julia nearby and tries to heal a rift with her when she blames her parents' break up on her mother. Laura manages to put her family problems to one side when another tenant of Julia's, a man called Jeremy Pearson is found dead in the soon-to-be memorial garden. Rosemary and Laura must find out who murdered Jeremy whilst dealing with a mysterious figure, who is vandalizing their work on the garden every night...

star 7.81
85 votes
Directors: Simon Langton
Writers: David Joss Buckley
Seeds Of Time

#12 - Seeds Of Time

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 28, 2006

Caroline Pargeter, the grand-daughter of the famous botanist Edwin Pargeter, is selling her house and has asked Rosemary and Laura to tidy up the garden. When a mysterious Southern American man is found dead in the Pargeter's back garden, it looks as if there is more to Edwin's seed collection than meets the eye. Rosemary involves her colleague at the Royal Horticultural Society at Kew Gardens to help identify the mysterious seeds before they fall into the wrong hands.

star 7.80
82 votes
Three Legs Good

#13 - Three Legs Good

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 11, 2006

Rosemary and Laura are employed to help re-create an original Victorian planting in an historic Avenue garden. There they meet a variety of characters for whom the central London park plays a regular part in their daily life. The beauty and peace of the Avenue is shattered when Harley Street psychiatrist, Pavel Volkar, is found murdered. Rosemary and Laura adopt Mr Volkar's bereaved three-legged dog Holly, who seems to have more than a canine understanding of events. The mystery surrounding the accident in which Holly lost her leg appears to be key to solving the murder mystery.

star 7.80
75 votes
The Memory Of Water (2)

#14 - The Memory Of Water (2)

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 3, 2004

Rosemary and Laura are called to Lyvedon manor to restore the now derelict wall gardens by the request of the garden's owner Martin Frazer. As a source of cheap labor to assisst Rosemary and Laura work on the gardens, Martin enlists the help of a group of inmates from the local prison. Initially Rosemary is suspicious of working with prisoners but soon gets used to it, but a greater shock awaits her when she witnesses Martin's odd cousin Jim jumping into the local fast flowing river, killing himself. Soon after at the local market, Rosemary is shocked to see Jim walking around, despite his body being found and identified by Martin himself.

star 7.78
45 votes
Directors: Brian Farnham
Writers: Stephen Gallagher
The Gooseberry Bush

#15 - The Gooseberry Bush

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 18, 2006

Rosemary's maternal side is brought out when she and Laura find an abandoned baby under a gooseberry bush in Penelope Braxton's garden. Penelope is remarrying her ex-husband, Tim, and our heroines are working on a memorial garden as an intended wedding present for Tim from Penelope. Rosemary and Laura are forced to care for the baby as they try to find out who the mother is and why she would abandon him. Events take a dramatic turn when neighbouring artist Sir Carlos Potter is found murdered. How is he connected and will the girls be able to reunite mother and baby? Will Rosemary remain enchanted at the prospect of bringing up a child?

star 7.75
79 votes
Sweet Angelica

#16 - Sweet Angelica

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 19, 2003

Rosemary and Laura are summoned to Bowden Grange Language College to solve the mystery of random dead patches appearing on the lawns. Whilst shopping in the town, Laura witnesses one of the college students named Angelica, accused of shoplifting. When Reynolds, the security guard, searches her bag he pulls out a knife and takes her for questioning. Back at the college, Rosemary and Laura are roped into searching for Angelica, who has since disappeared along with Felix the college handyman. Driving along the surrounding roads, the duo discover the body of Felix in a ditch, with his throat cut...

star 7.74
94 votes
Directors: Brian Farham
Writers: David Joss Buckley
They Understand Me In Paris

#17 - They Understand Me In Paris

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 15, 2004

Rosemary and Laura are called to Paris by Rosemary's old friend Dorothy, to catalog the plants in the 150 year-old gardens at her Riviera Villa (Villa Galavany) in order for them to be opened to the public. The duo realize they will face problems when one of Dorothy's neighbors called James Pretty makes it known he feels strongly against hordes of visitors coming to the area. Things get more hostile when Dorothy's husband Kasper is found dead, and one of her valuable pieces of silver is stolen...

star 7.73
86 votes
Directors: Brian Farnham
Writers: Clive Exton
The Language of Flowers

#18 - The Language of Flowers

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 12, 2003

Rosemary and Laura are called to Vincent House Health Spa to rejuvenate 'The Dell' a water cascade designed by a women named Fenella Gothe, who has since died. Fearing they may not be able to get the water running again, they are surprised when Frances Caldecott, the owner of the site, requests a whole new plant arrangement to the one her late husband Edwin originally chose. Rosemary is given a book entitled 'The Language of Flowers' written by Edwin before he died, but not published until recently. In the book, Edwin has documented how different flowers can symbolize a range of actions and emotions. Laura and Rosemary are invited to dinner with Frances and her children Kate and Jeff. When Frances doesn't arrive, the party are shocked to find her strangled in her study...

star 7.73
106 votes
Directors: Brian Farham
Writers: Peter Spence, Simon Brett
Arabica and the Early Spider

#19 - Arabica and the Early Spider

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 5, 2003

The newly formed gardening duo 'Rosemary and Thyme' are called to help pop star Nev Connolly design and create the gardens for he and his wife Patsy's new house. Whilst working on the grounds, all are shocked when a digger uncovers the skeleton of a horse, which Patsy suspects could be Arabica, a horse stolen from the stables where she once worked. That night, Rosemary is woken by the sound of a gunshot and hurries outside to find out where it came from. Joined by Laura, they discover that Nev has been shot dead. Returning to work the next day, Rosemary is intrigued by a cut in the ground. Digging around it, she uncovers the skeleton of a human hand...

star 7.68
107 votes
Directors: Tom Clegg
Writers: Clive Exton
In a Monastery Garden

#20 - In a Monastery Garden

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 21, 2006

Rosemary and Laura are asked to restore the Wellminster Cathedral garden for a Royal visit. But when the Custos' daughter is murdered the girls realise they could be in serious danger.

star 7.60
81 votes
Agua Cadaver

#21 - Agua Cadaver

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 4, 2006

Rosemary's former boyfriend, Neil Spicer, invites her and Laura to his home in the hills behind Malaga in southern Spain to help create an Arabic garden. One of the local residents is found dead and the mysterious landowner, Luis Mendes, is the chief suspect. Rosemary deals with a jealous wife and Laura discovers clues in the history of local aquifers. Is the precious water the real reason behind the murder?

star 7.53
79 votes
The Gongoozlers

#22 - The Gongoozlers

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 29, 2004

Gavin Patterson's TV Garden Makeover show is in need of a desperate boost of ratings so he hires yacht's woman Quinnie Dorell to present the show. Quinnie's knowledge of gardens however, isn't terribly good so she asks Rosemary and Laura to come and help her present the program. Events take a nasty turn when Rosemary falls from a scaffolding tower in a sabotage attempt seemingly aimed at Quinnie. Soon after, a young visiting journalist named Rosie FitzCarron is found dead in the secluded lake, but why...

star 7.48
84 votes
Directors: Simon Langton
Writers: Clive Exton
The Italian Rapscallion

#23 - The Italian Rapscallion

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 5, 2004

Rosemary and Laura travel to Italy to prepare the gardens for Emma Standish's new Italian restaurant but find themselves behind with the work. They decide to relax themselves and are recommended to go on a guided tour of Giardini Tremonti by the local fixer Fabrizio Biaggi. The tour however is halted when a lady named Janice Alexander is found dead. Fabrizio is arrested but Rosemary and Laura are asked to prove his innocence by Emma. As events unfold, a murderous trend emerges when retired Foreign Office diplomat Basil Slavinski is also found dead at the bottom of his cliff top garden...

star 7.11
80 votes
Directors: Brian Farnham
Writers: Clive Exton