Rosemary & Thyme (2003–2006)
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And No Birds Sing 

Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme, two plant and flower lovers, meet and hit it off while searching for the cause of two mysterious accidents concerning a very poisonous plant.


Brian Farnham


Clive Exton


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Episode complete credited cast:
Felicity Kendal ... Rosemary Boxer
Pam Ferris ... Laura Thyme
Kate Gartside ... Alicia Kellaway
Matyelok Gibbs Matyelok Gibbs ... Mrs Potts
David Mallinson ... Daniel Kellaway
Christopher Villiers ... Doctor Whittaker
Roger Alborough Roger Alborough ... Sam Trent
Rosalind March Rosalind March ... Vickie Trent
Stephen Boxer ... Julian Marchant
Olivia Lumley Olivia Lumley ... Billie Halliday
Ryan Philpott ... Matthew Thyme
Peter Gordon Peter Gordon ... Taxi Driver
Sam Bond Sam Bond ... Landlord
Amy Creighton Amy Creighton ... Waitress
Stuart Pendred Stuart Pendred ... Workman


While investigating the demise of a row of avenue trees at the estate of a former horticulture student, Rosemary gets involved in the death by car-accident of the man's partner. While staying at an inn, she offers a lift to Laura, a friend of the dead man. Laura is newly on her own thanks to her husband running off with a younger woman. And when Rosemary is notified that her job at the university has been eliminated, she, too, finds herself with no commitments. Laura is an ex-police officer and thinks someone at the estate may have a shady past, and it might be connected to the death, as well as the serious skin ailment afflicting Rosemary's friend. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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31 August 2003 (UK) See more »

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The title of the episode comes from John Keats' poem, "La Belle Dame Sans Merci". See more »


Julian Marchant: I've been thinking...
Rosemary Boxer: [sarcastically] I thought that was forbidden for college principals.
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References Gunga Din (1939) See more »

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Engineered Parts
4 August 2006 | by tedgSee all my reviews

I you are discouraged at the state of the world, at the general inability of folks to reason, then you won't want to visit this.

It is a mystery series, which means that it places itself in the domain of "thinking viewers'" material. These do have murders, and sleuths, but there's little detection though the women involved do stumble onto the "solution."

The very shape of the thing is a bit offensive. BBC mysteries have long had two vales in mind: make the place interesting and make some characters the viewers will like.

In this first episode, we are introduced to the "detectives" thus derived. Its a simple matter of looking at demographic charts: two women around 60, disgusted with men. One is blond, pretty, fit, and very smart. The other is dumpy and dull. Neither is scheduled for a romance.

The blond Rosemary drives an old land rover and doesn't want a newer one because of the "girlie" things that were added. I expect as we plod through this series, the characters will evolve based on what the producers think is a sweet spot. Its really offensive, as if what we watch had only a few major parts to fill and designers of these amusements could plug in what they want.

The three major parts are the women, the "murder mystery," and the place.

This episode has a really very appealing place. And it has a reference to the only watchable thing I have ever seen from TeeVee, "The Singing Detective" in a man with eczema.

Otherwise, this is a slap in face.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.

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