Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Sing a Song of Murder 

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.


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher / Emma MacGill
Sarah Douglas ... Violet Weems
Olivia Hussey ... Kitty Trumbull
Barrie Ingham ... Insp. Roger Crimmins
Glynis Johns ... Bridget O'Hara
Patrick Macnee ... Oliver Trumbull
Gregory Paul Martin ... Danny Briggs (as Greg Martyn)
Kristoffer Tabori ... Ernest Fielding
Kenneth Danziger ... Archie Weems
Gillian Eaton ... Landlady
Terrence Scammell Terrence Scammell ... Director (as Terence Scammell)
Richard Davies Richard Davies ... First Tough (as Richard L. Davies)
Neil Hunt Neil Hunt ... Second Tough
John Straightley John Straightley ... Sergeant
David Grant Hayward David Grant Hayward ... Policeman


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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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

27 October 1985 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The poster by Ian Pollock on Oliver Trumbull's wall is from the Royal Shakespeare Company's 1982 production of King Lear directed by Adrian Noble and shows Michael Gambon and Anthony Sher. See more »


Mismatched stock footage of Piccadilly Circus is used. The first shot shows hoardings on the London Pavilion building, which were removed in the 1970s. A later shot shows the Pavilion building without the hoardings. See more »


[first lines]
Oliver Trumbull: Tell me, ain't I right? A bloke never gets in trouble chasing women. It's after they're caught the trouble begins.
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References The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) See more »


Good-Bye, Little Yellow Bird
Lyrics and Music by C.W. Murphy and William Hargreaves
Performed by Angela Lansbury
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Accent on accent.
24 January 2018 | by mcampbell-21013See all my reviews

While I found the fake background to be so cheap and fake driving was amusing, that's part of it's charm. I absolutely loved Kristoffer Tabori's English accent along with his performance, he almost reminded me of the late Peter Lawford, Kristoffer also went on to use his English accent on another MSW episode in Truck Stop. With accents, what frustrates me with American productions, they don't seem to separate the Northern Ireland accent from the Republic of Ireland accent, as they are both very different from each other.

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