A famous columnist is murdered while Rosemary and Laura rid a hotel's vineyard of pestering weeds. Strapped for cash with no land-rover, the gardeners pull out all the stops in an attempt to kill the weeds without breaking their backs.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dorian MacDonald ...
Ben Blackton (as Dorian Macdonald)
Angus Fairley
Helen Grace ...
Elspeth Tate
Philip Brook ...
Brian Shelley ...
Robin Parkinson ...
Niky Wardley ...
Francine Morgan ...
Mrs Lawson
Eluned Jones ...
Mrs Lydecker
Joe Dunlop ...
Bride's father
Dick Brannick ...


Stuart Blackton owns and operates a posh hotel and restaurant in a converted manor house on an expansive estate and is trying hard to impress influential restaurant critic Angus Fairley. The estate is bordered by a winery owned by Blackton's brother Ben, and although the restaurant is the vintner's best customer, no love is lost between the siblings. Blackton has been struggling to stay out of the red, but Angus' influence and a five star review will insure the hotel's success. Rosemary, an old friend of Fairley's, has been hired along with Laura to help weed the vineyard, and the desperate Blackton asks her to find out if the review will be favorable. Although Angus promises Laura that a glowing review is forthcoming, he never gets a chance to write it and is found dead in his room from an apparent heart attack... with a bottle of the local red wine beside him. Written by [email protected]

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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4 August 2008 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The film fan referring to the house as having been everything from Dracula's Castle to the Winter Palace refers to the back-to-back use in 1966 of Down Place at Bray Studios for Dracula: Prince of Darkness and Rasputin: The Mad Monk. See more »


Laura quotes, "'Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence' by Robert Fripp of King Crimson." The quote is from Robert Fripp, but Robert Fripp the critic and author, not Robert Fripp the musician who played with King Crimson. See more »


Stuart Blackton: How does afternoon tea on the terrace sound to you... on the house?
Rosemary Boxer: [Understating] Very bearable.
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Not as complicated as Agatha Christie mysteries...
21 August 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Interesting series entry with the snooping gals taking up residence at a vineyard where a celebrated wine taster is about to meet his death at the hands of a murderer.

Nice background score complements all the action, the country estate is handsomely mounted, the plot is intriguing enough to throw suspicion on several unpleasant characters, and the ending comes as somewhat of a surprise.

In other words, it's all you could ask in a pleasant mystery that actually has a very slight plot line but ambles along nicely with a touch of humor injected into all of the proceedings.

Well worth watching.

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