Rosemary & Thyme

The Italian Rapscallion

Series 2 - Episode 7 The Italian Rapscallion



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.


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 & 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
Director Brian Farnham
Producer Brian Eastman
Writer Clive Exton
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