Rosemary & Thyme

Series 2 - 7. The Italian Rapscallion

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

A trip to the Ligurian coast of Italy is no holiday for horticultural sleuths Rosemary and Laura, who’ve been asked to create a restaurant garden for the flamboyant Emma Standish (Suzanne Bertish). They’re looking for inspiration in the lovely Giardini Tremonti when – would you credit it? – they stumble upon a body battered to death in the shrubbery. As you do.

There are some engaging performances (Casualty’s Tristan Gemmill co-stars as the Italian police’s prime suspect) but the plot is a bit flabby, so the best thing to do is simply settle back and enjoy the scenery which, even by Rosemary & Thyme standards, is glorious.

About this programme

7/9. Laura and Rosemary are hired to create a restaurant garden on Italy's Ligurian coast, but it is not long before their working holiday is disrupted by a murder. Determined to solve the crime before returning home, they find themselves with no shortage of suspects - and matters are complicated further by a second death. Guest starring Suzanne Bertish (Rome) and Tristan Gemmill (Casualty), with Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris.

Cast and crew


Rosemary Boxer
Felicity Kendal
Laura Thyme
Pam Ferris
Fabrizio Biaggi
Tristan Gemmill
Janice Alexander
Dido Miles
Dr Llewellyn
Richard Durden
Sir Basil Slavinski
Oliver Ford Davies
Gloria Gable
Felicity Dean
Celia Llewellyn
Georgina Chapman
Emma Standish
Suzanne Bertish
Sergente Martino
Bruno Bilotta


Brian Farnham
Brian Eastman
Clive Exton