Monday, October 13, 2008

Gardening & Mysteries Go Together Like Cookies & Cream

I watched all three episodes of my Rosemary & Thyme dvd last night in one go. This mystery series is amazing and I have yet to get over the fact that there are only 3 seasons of it. Why oh why did they stop making it?

Did the actors not want to continue? Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris, is that true? Please say it isn't so. Or did ITV cancel the series because of lack of viewership? I can't believe that for a second. The premise is ideal for a British mystery, the plots of each episode [did you get that? hehe] are mesmerizing, the acting is superb, and the scenery can't be beat. I bet people tuned in just to gaze longingly at the lovely gardens alone. Rosemary & Thyme is such a cozy mystery, full of idyllic imagery, and boasts two lead actors who are colorful, charming and relatable.

Argh, please come back!

The two-parter 'The Memory of Water' and 'Orpheus in the Undergrowth' were the episodes I watched last night, and I loved them as much as I did the first time I saw them. For one thing the titles, especially 'Orpheus in the Undergrowth', are just enchanting. The gardens in both episodes weren't terribly exciting, but I loved watching Rosemary and Laura wheel huge wheelbarrows full of beautifully tinted, blooming plants. That's when I would begin daydreaming about owning a garden where I could wheel such plants about in an oversized wheelbarrow.

The mystery of 'Orpheus in the Undergrowth' was wrapped up a little too abruptly for me, but the interplay between Laura and Helena balanced things out so I enjoyed that marvelously-titled episode as a whole. This episode showcased a few notable actors, including Joanna David. She's been in lots of British mysteries from Midsomer Murders to A Touch of Frost to Inspector Morse, but I first remember her from Rebecca with Jeremy Brett. Incidentally she has a very interesting modern geneology. Joanna is married to actor Edward Fox, and together they have an actress daughter named Emilia. Emilia in turn is married to the son of the late, great Richard Harris. Also Edward Fox is brother to James Fox, who is Laurence Fox's father. Laurence Fox is married to Billie Piper, of Doctor Who fame. Coincidentally, Laurence's wife and mother share the surname Piper, but they aren't related [as far as I know].

Another familiar name from 'Orpheus in the Undergrowth' is Phyllida Law, who also sports a pretty powerful geneology. How cool is it that Law is [no, not Jude's mom but is in fact] Emma Thompson and her sister Sophie's mother. Now that I know this fact, I recognize a strong resemblance between Emma Thompson and her mom. Law is also mother-in-law to actors Greg Wise and Richard Lumsden.

Small world isn't it?

[Photo of Rosemary & Thyme DVD jacket is from iOffer, photo of Joanna David is from The Joanna David Page, and photo of Phyllida Law with daughter Emma is from Daily Mail]

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