Rosemary & Thyme (2003–2006)
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The Memory of Water 

While working on restoring an Elizabethan garden, Rosemary witnesses the owner's cousin commit suicide only to later see him alive and well at an open-air market.


Brian Farnham


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Felicity Kendal ... Rosemary Boxer
Pam Ferris ... Laura Thyme
Tom Beard ... Martin Frazer
Carolyn Backhouse Carolyn Backhouse ... Suzanne Frazer
Sandra Reinton Sandra Reinton ... Gwynne Evans
Simon Kunz ... Chris Stevens
Danielle Tilley Danielle Tilley ... Katie Stevens
Mary Nighy ... Fern
Ross O'Hennessy ... P.C Donald Stuart
Philip McGough Philip McGough ... George Hamilton Teed
Simon Lenagan Simon Lenagan ... Eddie
Nicholas Day ... Warwick Jardine
Sebastian Abineri Sebastian Abineri ... George Plummer
James Smith ... Huxton Rymer
Jonathan Slinger ... Rupert Waldo


While restoring a walled garden at Lyvedon Manor, a member of the property owner's family is thought to have drowned. When he is seen alive, Laura and Rosemary decide to investigate this family, their friends, and the prisoners hired for the garden restoration, only to discover the true identity of the victim and the reason behind the deadly masquerade. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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3 October 2004 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


The author of the book "Oktober", which proves to be a clue in the mystery, is Stephen Gallagher, the writer of this episode. See more »


When Laura picks up the bloodied hammer from the pile, you can see the camera peeking out from under the tarp to her left. See more »


Rosemary Boxer: It's hard to sleep easy when you have been burnt out of hearth and home.
Laura Thyme: [Exasperated] It's a tent!
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References Cool Hand Luke (1967) See more »

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Deadly masquerading
9 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.

"The Memory of Water" for me is one of my favourite 'Rosemary and Thyme' episodes. At no point does it feel dull, it's full of surprises and while the story is one of the busiest ones of the show it avoids getting confusing.

Visually, "The Memory of Water" 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. The story is suitably twisty, with a very well done ending and one of the show's most unpredictable murderers, 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, particularly Tom Beard.

In summary, wonderful. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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