Rosemary & Thyme (2003–2006)
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Swords into Ploughshares 

Laura is distressed to hear that Rosemary was shot dead while working at Engleton Park; but finds a very lively corpse at the home Rosemary's mother. Bodies, motives, suspects and clues pile up around an archaeological mystery.


Gwennan Sage


Chris Fewtrell

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Episode complete credited cast:
Felicity Kendal ... Rosemary Boxer
Pam Ferris ... Laura Thyme
Julian Wadham ... Lord Engleton
Michael Carter ... Professor Reeves
Jill Baker ... Val Reeves
Lloyd McGuire ... Mike Garner
John McGlynn ... Dr Richard Earle
Liz Kettle Liz Kettle ... Mrs Webb
Peter Moreton Peter Moreton ... D.I. Derek Mills
Frances Cuka ... Mrs Boxer
Ryan Philpott ... Matthew Thyme
Michael Bertenshaw Michael Bertenshaw ... Keith Parsons
Cherith Mellor Cherith Mellor ... Jane Parsons
Catherine Bailey ... Chantal Parsons


Laura and Rosemary become involved in the murder of a woman who was using Rosemary's name and horticultural background as a means of digging holes on an old estate. Seems many of the plants are dying, so the lord is willing to have an expert look into it. But the murder victim was actually an archaeologist who may have uncovered a plot to devalue true finds and sell them on the black market. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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12 November 2004 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


The portrait painting used to represent the late Lord Engleton is the same painting hanging on the wall of the landing as Lewis and Hathaway are descending the stairs from Dr. Yelland's room in the "The Indelible Stain" episode of the Inspector Lewis series. See more »


The credits mistakenly list the character Dennis Garner as Mike Garner. See more »


Mike Garner: [Looking at pictures of artifacts] What I've give to have this in my collection!
Laura Thyme: It must be priceless.
Mike Garner: [Cynically] Everything's got a price.
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Death at the archaelogical dig
16 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.

"Swords into Ploughshares" for me is one of my favourite 'Rosemary and Thyme' episodes. At no point does it feel dull, it's full of surprises and is not a case of not being enough suspects.

Visually, "Swords into Ploughshares" 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, especially at the end containing one of the show's funniest scenes thanks to Kendal's line delivery. The story is suitably twisty, with an ending that left me shocked, 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. Laura's care for Rosemary really comes through. 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.

In summation, wonderful. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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