Rosemary & Thyme (2003–2006)
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Racquet Espanol 

Rosemary and Laura and Laura's son Matthew head to Spain where Matthew will participate in a tennis competition while Rosemary and Laura create a trophy garden. In the midst of their trip, ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Felicity Kendal ... Rosemary Boxer
Pam Ferris ... Laura Thyme
Ryan Philpott ... Matthew Thyme
Charles Daish Charles Daish ... Lester Walker
Karen Drury Karen Drury ... Karen Fletcher
Philip York Philip York ... Ray Parfitt
Rebecca Sarker ... Blanca Parfitt
John Peters ... John Bryant
Lisa Hayes Lisa Hayes ... Eva Bryant
Miranda Foster Miranda Foster ... Bobby Cassidy
Edmund Pegge ... Charlie Gudgeon


Rosemary and Laura and Laura's son Matthew head to Spain where Matthew will participate in a tennis competition while Rosemary and Laura create a trophy garden. In the midst of their trip, a fellow tennis player is murdered leaving the gardeners with a mystery to solve. Written by Nadia Nassar

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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30 July 2007 (UK) See more »

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Matthew Thyme: You know what they say, Mom. It's better for the bull to die in the ring than in the abattoir.
Laura Thyme: Yes, reall? Did anyone ask the bull?
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Murderous tennis in Spain
12 July 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.

"Racquet Espagnol" for me is almost one of my favourite 'Rosemary and Thyme' episodes, really splendid fare and much better than the disappointing "The Gooseberry Bush". It is slight but at no point does it feel dull, it's full of surprises and is not a case of not being enough suspects.

The perpetrator and motive weren't hugely surprising to me but it's explained well and the climax is quite enthralling.

Visually, "Racquet Espagnol" 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. It is also one of the show's most visually beautiful episodes along with "They Understand Me in Paris" and "Agua Cadaver". The music has a lot of charm with a main theme tune that is soothingly folksy that matches the whimsy of the setting appropriately. "Agua Cadaver" has some of my favourite scoring of all the show's episodes.

The writing is engaging and suitably light-hearted without being frothy. Some of the dialogue for Laura and especially Rosemary is very funny. The story is suitably twisty 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. 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 summary, splendid. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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