Rosemary & Thyme, ITV1

by | Dec 23, 2005 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

Britain’s favourite lesbians – sorry, gardeners, showed up at a country hotel where a wedding was to occur the next morning. Of course, Rosemary and Thyme were there to do a bit of gardening. No, we didn’t believe it, either. No sooner had the first ad break come that the body of pretentious lifestyle correspondent Angus Fairley was found sprawled over his writing desk.

What was good about it?

• Misses Kendal and Ferris walking through the nonsensical script without falling into self-parody.

• Love it or loathe it, the English countryside makes an impression.

• The set-up of the word “murder” being scrawled on the dead man’s mirror.

• The two old boys: the rascally inventor and the stubbornly deaf porter

What was bad about it?

• ITV1 attaching “Christmas Special” when it wasn’t necessary. The episode wasn’t set at Christmas – although a few lame references to turkeys and cards were clumsily shoved in – so why not just use “Special” instead?

• For a drama that lasted less than 90 minutes, we felt as though we’d been watching it for as twice as long – it was like watching Gosford Park, there was repression everywhere.

• The two nutters recreating scenes from films made at the country house could have been a much-needed comic addition – but they were just an irritation.

• The fact that we didn’t care about the who and why of it all.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles


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