Murder, She Wrote: Season 2, Episode 5

Sing a Song of Murder (27 Oct. 1985)

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Jessica is devastated to learn her cousin Emma's untimely passing, but when she arrives in London she learns that Emma isn't dead after all, but has been in hiding after threats on her life.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Violet Weems
Kitty Trumbull
Barrie Ingham ...
Insp. Roger Crimmins
Bridget O'Hara
Oliver Trumbull
Gregory Paul Martin ...
Danny Briggs (as Greg Martyn)
Kristoffer Tabori ...
Ernest Fielding
Kenneth Danziger ...
Archie Weems
Gillian Eaton ...
Terrence Scammell ...
Director (as Terence Scammell)
Richard Davies ...
First Tough (as Richard L. Davies)
Neil Hunt ...
Second Tough
John Straightley ...
David Grant Hayward ...


Jessica's redheaded British cousin Emma McGill has her fly over to London to attend her 'funeral' as requested by last will, but actually it's a staged car accident so they can sleuth who is behind three incidents Emma considers but can't prove to be murder attempts, in her view for ownership of her old-fashioned Mayhew music hall, which is in financial trouble but valuable if sold -would be-buyers even awaited Jessica at the airport-, half of the profits would go to her late co-founder's wimpy son Archie Weems and his greedy spouse Violet. Jessica turns to a Scotland Yard friend but as he is on holiday confides in his colleague Inspector Roger Crimmins, who plays along so the suspects can be examined. While they approach Emma's London apartment, Mayhem dresser Bridget O'Hara leaves it and is fatally struck by a fast car, possibly because she was dressed like Emma in a coat promised to her; Emma admits she left a reassuring message to her old friend, has-been Shakespearian actor ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Angela Lansbury's mother took Moyna MacGill as her stage name, and the surname MacGill is used several times in the series for Jessica Fletcher's ancestors or relatives. See more »


There are no yellow or red lines along the kerbs. Parking is very restricted in central London, nearly every piece of street without a meter is marked with either yellow or red lines beside the kerb indicating various levels of parking prohibition. See more »


Danny Briggs: I've got people to answer to. People who'll peel away my hide if I don't deliver.
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References The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) See more »

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More accents were murdered than people!
5 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I won't review the story as this has already been done, as has the obvious Non-British locations.

The 'English' Actors seem to have had the same voice coach as Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins. Even the British ones have bad accents; I've never heard Patrick Macnee and Glynis Johns, both very talented, that bad! Don't know what was worse, Macnee's odd English or Johns appalling Irish.

Do Americans really think we talk like that, or just American directors? Certainly the Americans I know don't.

Please. if you want British characters, let them sound British. If you want an Irish accent, get an Irish actor to play it. The same applies to Scottish which thankfully there were none to be murdered in this film but are often done very badly in American films.

We want Characters, not Caricatures.

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