Murder, She Wrote

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1985X-RayTV-G
Angela Lansbury stars as Jessica Fletcher, a celebrated mystery writer whose penchant for solving crimes leads her into bizarre and colorful adventures.
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Angela LansburyLinda BlairTom Bosley
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Drama
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English [CC]
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English
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  1. 1. The Murder of Sherlock Holmes
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    September 29, 1984
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    Part 1 of 2. Jessica (Angela Lansbury) attends a costume party at her publisher's (Arthur Hill) home, where "Sherlock Holmes" (Brian Keith) is murdered and Grady (Michael Horton) is arrested for the crime.
  2. 2. The Murder of Sherlock Holmes
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    October 13, 1984
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    Part 2 of 2. Jessica (Angela Lansbury) attends a costume party at her publisher's (Arthur Hill) home, where "Sherlock Holmes" (Brian Keith) is murdered and Grady (Michael Horton) is arrested for the crime.
  3. 3. Deadly Lady
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    October 27, 1984
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    Jessica must solve the murder of the wealthy Stephen Earl, and becomes embroiled in family deceit and greed.
  4. 4. Birds of a Feather
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    October 13, 1984
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    Jessica arrives in San Francisco for a family wedding only to face the task of clearing the groom-to-be of murder charges.
  5. 5. Hooray for Homicide
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    October 27, 1984
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    Jessica is suspected of murdering a movie producer (John Saxon) who wanted to turn her novel into a trashy film.
  6. 6. It's a Dog's Life
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    November 24, 1984
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    Jessica (Angela Lansbury) delves into two investigations when both her cousin and his daughter die mysteriously. Guest star: Lynn Redgrave.
  7. 7. Lovers and other Killers
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    November 17, 1984
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    Jessica sets out to prove her secretary (Andrew Stevens) isn't a murder suspect. Greg Morris and Peter Graves also guest star.
  8. 8. Hit, Run and Homicide
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    November 24, 1984
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    An eccentric inventor (Van Johnson) is accused of murdering his former partner (Stuart Whitman). June Allyson also guest stars.
  9. 9. We're Off to Kill the Wizard
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    December 8, 1984
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    Jessica investigates the murder of an amusement park owner (James Coco).
  10. 10. Death Takes a Curtain Call
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    December 15, 1984
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    A special night at the ballet turns grisly when Jessica encounters murder.
  11. 11. Death Casts a Spell
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    December 29, 1984
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    A flamboyant hypnotist (Jose Ferrer) is murdered in front of several journalists who are in a trance.
  12. 12. Capitol Offense
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    January 5, 1985
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    Blackmail and political intrigue await Jessica when she is assigned to replace a deceased congressman in Washington, D.C.
  13. 13. Broadway Malady
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    January 12, 1985
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    A Broadway legend's life is threatened after her daughter is seriously injured in a mugging. Guest star: Lorna Luft.
  14. 14. Murder to a Jazz Beat
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    February 2, 1985
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    While in New Orleans, Jessica gets involved in solving the mysterious murder of a famous musician.
  15. 15. My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean
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    February 9, 1985
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    Jessica's niece, recovering from her husband's suicide, is terrorized on a cruise. Guest stars: Vicki Lawrence, Jo Anne Worley.
  16. 16. Paint Me a Murder
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    February 16, 1985
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    The birthday celebration of the famous artist Diego Santana turns into a tragic event when he is killed in his beautiful island villa.
  17. 17. Tough Guys Don't Die
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    February 23, 1985
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    Jessica investigates the murder of private eye Harry McGraw's (Jerry Orbach) partner.
  18. 18. Sudden Death
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    March 2, 1985
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    Jessica must whittle down a list of suspects when the unpopular owner of a football team is found dead. Guest stars: Caitlyn Jenner, Dick Butkus.
  19. 19. Footnote to Murder
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    March 9, 1985
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    Jessica Fletcher sets out to prove her friend Horace Lynchfield innocent when he becomes a prime murder suspect.
  20. 20. Murder Takes the Bus
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    March 16, 1985
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    Jessica's bus trip to Portland, Maine, takes a dismal turn when a passenger is murdered. Guest stars: Linda Blair, Rue McClanahan.
  21. 21. Armed Response
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    March 30, 1985
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    Jessica Fletcher is in the hospital with a cast on her leg as a result of an airport accident when murder sneaks into the small, exclusive medical center.
  22. 22. Murder at the Oasis
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    April 6, 1985
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    Jessica investigates the death of her college roommate's (Piper Laurie) husband.
  23. 23. Funeral at Fifty-Mile
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    April 20, 1985
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    Jessica travels to Wyoming to the funeral of an old friend and is faced with the murder of a man everyone despises.

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WEAK HEART 4 LIFEReviewed in the United States on March 20, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
MURDER SHE WROTE SEASON ONE KICKS OFF WITH A BANG
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MURDER SHE WROTE SEASON ONE COMES BACK TO DVD RE RELEASED IN A SIX DVD SET AFTER COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE DOUBLE SIDED 3 DVD SETS LOCKING UP. MURDER SHE WROTE KICKS OFF WITH BIG MYSTERY'S AND EVEN BIGGER STARS SUCH AS JERRY ORBACH, LESLIE NIELSEN, ANDY GARCIA JUST TO NAME A FEW. ANGELA LANSBURY PLAYS THE FEISTY AT TIMES MURDER MYSTERY WRITER JESSICA FLETCHER. WHO ALWAYS ENDS UP BEING IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME GETTING MIXED UP IN MURDER AFTER MURDER. MURDER SHE WROTE SEASON ONE TAKES A WHILE FOR THE SHOWS TO GET GOING ALOT OF THESE ARE SLOW AND KIND OF DRAWN OUT AND BORING BUT BY THE SECOND SEASON THEY HIT THEIR MARK AND TAKE OFF RUNNING. SO JUST STICK WITH IT EVEN IF SOME OF THESE FIRST SEASON EPISODES ARE A LITTLE SLOW AND HOKEY.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on February 4, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Awesome Trip Down Memory Lane
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I have been a fan of MSW since it first aired on CBS back in the '80s. I enjoyed viewing Season One again, as the first season episodes are rarely shown on the cable channels. Season One offers an introduction to Jessica Fletcher (as played by the wonderful actress, Angela Lansbury), and her hometown of Cabot Cove, Maine.

Not one to remain idle, Jessica constantly visits relatives located in various locations throughout the country or attends book signings in other locales. The guest appearances of actors from both film and television make the show quite nostalgic. I love Jessica's wardrobe, and how stylish and classy her character always appears.

I have purchased Seasons 1-5, and intend on purchasing the remaining sets. Murder, She Wrote is a delightful series. One in which I look forward to revisiting.
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EinsatzReviewed in the United States on June 16, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
"Tonight, on Murder, She Wrote..........."
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I love this mystery series mainly because it stars the incomparable Angela Lansbury. This first set begins with the pilot film in which J.B. Fletcher is loath to become a published author and ends with her sticking her nose into everyone's business as somewhat of an expert at solving crimes. Even knowing "whodunit" doesn't keep this series from being entertaining, something to watch repeatedly. It is chockfull of aging movie stars on their way out and young actors supposedly on their way up (although most of them never quite made it into the big time).

I too had some difficulty playing these double sided disks. For some reason my Blu-ray player couldn't handle them but my backup cheapo DVD player could. (It's an inconvenience though, switching machines in the middle of an episode, finding where you were with the help of the scene search-&-find feature in the menu.)

I was surprised to learn they initially thought to cast Jean Stapleton then Doris Day in the role made famous by Angela Lansbury (I still think it's criminal that they couldn't have coughed up one measly Emmy for the great work she did on this series!). It's also criminal that CBS purposely killed off the series in 1996. Don't even get me started on that!
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DEWEY M.Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
ANGELA LANSBURY MAKES "MURDER" MOST ENTERTAINING
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It is hard to believe that Angela Lansbury was not the first choice to play Jessica Fletcher in "Murder, She Wrote." CBS offered the role to Jean Stapleton, who declined. With all due respect to the talented Stapleton, only Angela Lansbury ("Gaslight," "The Manchurian Candidate", "Bedknobs And Broomsticks" and Broadway's "Mame", "Gypsy", "Sweeney Todd" and "Blithe Spirit") could have made Jessica such a vital and interesting character. With Lansbury as star, "MSW" became an enormously popular success; running 12 years (1984-1996) and earning Lansbury 12 Emmy nominations. Amazingly, and inexcusably, she never won.
The series begins with a well-crafted 93 minute movie titled "The Murder Of Sherlock Holmes." Jessica's adorable nephew Grady (Michael Horton) sends her murder-mystery manuscript to a publisher. It is published, becomes an instant best-seller, and Jessica becomes a overnight celebrity (Surprise!). A guest is murdered at a costume party, and catching the killer comes at great personal cost to Jessica.
Jessica is an American variation on mystery novelist Agatha Christie and Christie's crime-solving heroine Miss Marple. She lives in the quiet, fictional town of Cabot Cove, Maine. But the series soon sends her off on a series of whirlwind adventures; in such places as Hollywood, Broadway, Washington D.C. and a Mediterrian Island. And everywhere that Jessica goes, a murder occurs. "MSW" employs a gallery of guest stars every episode, who appear as murder suspects and murder victims. Many of the weekly guest stars had previously worked with Lansbury.
Jessica is intelligent, observant, no-nonsense, fearless, and caring and compassionate when she needs to be-- with a strong sense of justice, of course. Her character is best described in the episode "Tough Guys Don't Die." When a judge marvels at her persistence and determination, Jessica modestly replies, "It is not in my nature to leave things undone." Although "Murder" is in the title, the series is, basically, a light-hearted and fun affair; with a great deal of humor thrown in with the suspense. In the episode "Hooray For Homicide", Jessica searches for an important clue that went unnoticed by others. A police detective says, "Tell me, Mrs. Fletcher, do you have any theories on Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance?" She replies, "There's no need to be sarcastic." In the episode "Tough Guys Don't Die," disgruntled detective Harry McGraw ("Law And Order's" Jerry Orbach) is not at all happy to have Jessica working with him on a murder case. Harry flippantly suggests that Jessica return to Cabot Cove and her needlepoint. She says, "I tried that and it put me to sleep. That's why I wrote my first book." Harry growls back, "I read your first book and it put me to sleep," Jessica instantly replies, "Well, that's your privlege," as she storms out, refusing to be insulted any further.
There are many memorable episodes. In "Lovers And Other Killers", Jessica travels to Seattle to be a guest lecturer at a university. Her much younger male secretary David (Andrew Stevens) is accused of the murder of a wealthy older woman. The plot goes in some rather interesting directions, and we are never actually sure that David, while not a killer, is not a con-man and a seducer. And is he really attracted to Jessica? Never fear; Jessica doesn't fall for obvious tricks. The episode "We're Off To Kill The Wizard" features a wonderful performance by guest star James Coco as the tyrannical owner of a house of horrors. In "My Johnny Lies Over The Ocean", Jessica pretends to be falling-down drunk in order to catch a killer.
The fan-favorite episode "Murder Takes The Bus" features all the elements of a tight, classic whodunit. Jessica takes a bus ride to Portland, Maine with her friend, the easily flustered Sheriff Amos Tupper ("Happy Days'" Tom Bosley). A thunderstorm erupts, a passenger is murdered. Suspects on this deadly bus trip include Linda Blair ("The Exorcist"), Larry Linville ("M*A*S*H") , Rue McClanahan ("The Golden Girls") and Michael Constantine ("Room 222"). Most of all, though, it is the charismatic Angela Lansbury who makes "Murder, She Wrote" so entertaining.
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MikeyReviewed in the United States on December 30, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Angela Lansbury as the 1980's Queen of Sleuthing
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Back in May 1985, UK broadcaster ITV commenced a series which would go on to run for 12 series, Murder She Wrote. The structure was extremely straightforward. Each week, novelist Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) would become involved in a murder, either at home in Cabot Cove, Maine or on one of her many destinations that she would end up in. Basically if Jessica Fletcher is in town, you can be sure of a murder.
To this day the series has had countless reuns on both the BBC and ITV. During the 1980s and 1990s ITV had first run episodes and then repeated them all. In the 2000s BBC1 and BBC2 took turns in running them. Even to this day (December 2011), ITV are rerunning episodes in the afternoons. Not to mention the numerous satellite channels that have also screened it. This series could be played forever!
Just a tiny selection of the countless guest stars in this first boxset include - Ned Beatty (Homicide: Life on the Street), Tom Bosley (Happy Days), Dack Rambo (Dallas), Jared Martin (Dallas), Kerry Armstrong (Prisoner: Cell Block H), Jerry Orbach (Law and Order), Barbara Babcock (Dallas/Hill Street Blues/Dr Quinn Medicine Woman), John Beck (Dallas), Morgan Brittany (Dallas), Diane Muldaur (LA Law), Rue McClanahan (Golden Girls) and William Windom in a different role to the recurring role he would have from series 2 as Dr Seth Hazlett.
"Murder Takes The Bus" is probably my favourite episode in this set. Go on, buy the set and find out which one you like the most.
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Gary PetersonReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
An Enjoyable Series.
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My wife and I like to watch DVDs late at night before we go to bed. We prefer something that is somewhat bland but well done and pleasant to watch. Thus it is that we came upon "Murder, She Wrote," a CBS TV program series that dates back to the mid 80s. It was a popular program intended for the family hour and ran for many years. I always mildly enjoyed it. We ordered Season 1 and Season 2. We're almost through with viewing Season 1.

"Murder, She Wrote" is an enjoyable series. Angela Lansbury and the supporting cast do a fine job. The stories are lightweight, but fun to follow. We usually have figured out who the culprit is before the end of the program, but that's all right. Although the stories mostly involve murders, there is generally a minimum of violence, and we prefer it that way. A great deal of care has been takes in constructing these programs and it shows. The settings are marvelous and I love viewing old New England with the quaint housing and antique furniture. One of the stories took place at the University of Washington in Seattle, a university where I just happened to attend graduate school. They did a marvelous job with it.

We've enjoyed this series very much. It's not deep and thought-provoking. It's enjoyable and pleasant viewing and suites our needs well. We're looking forward to Season 2.

I might add, that this DVD package is the only one that I've ever seen where the DVD is recorded on both sides. A lot of user reviews have complained about the quality of the DVD disc itself. It seems a bit unusual, but we've had no problems with it.

Gary Peterson
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E. HornadayReviewed in the United States on March 16, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars
Murder, She FINALLY Wrote!!
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Saying that the upcoming DVD release of Murder, She Wrote is long overdue is like saying chocolate is only an "OK" treat -- a world class understatement! In fact, "world class" describes this venerable series perfectly, from its multi-talented cast, interesting stories and production value. Murder, She Wrote is arguably the most beloved American TV mystery series, and for good reason.

The series began in 1984 when Angela Lansbury was 58 and continued through 1996 producing 264 episodes for CBS, and easily winning its time slot for most of its run.

The fabulous Ms. Lansbury, who as a distinguished career on Broadway and in the movies, portrayed the lead character of Jessica Fletcher, a widowed, childless English teacher from the fictional small seaport of Cabot Cove, Maine. (The exteriors of the homes, seaport and ocean scenes were actually shot on the opposite coast -- in Mendicino, Calif.)

In the series, Jessica's quiet and predictable life is abruptly turned upside down after her nephew submits a mystery manuscript she wrote under the name "J.B. Fletcher" to an East Coast publisher without her knowledge and the book is published. (In the show, Jessica's middle name is Beatrice.) The book becomes an instant bestseller, and Jessica-the-author continues to write similarly popular yarns until she becomes internationally famous. Equally famous is Jessica's uncanny knack at solving crimes as an amateur sleuth who is called upon to help by law enforcement from Cabot Cove to Europe and beyond as the series continues. (It is interesting to note that Jean Stapleton, who portrayed Edith Bunker on All in the Family, was first offered the role of Jessica but, thankfully, declined.)

Show creators Richard Levinson, William Link and Peter S. Fischer (Lansbury's real-life husband) brought an impressively combined resume that included Columbo, Mannix, Alfred Hitchcock Present and Ellery Queen.

In the show's premiere (included in this DVD release), Jessica's nephew Grady (portrayed throughout the series by Michael Horton) submits that fateful manuscript to a New York City publisher. Not only does that launch his beloved aunt's career, it quickly embroils her deeply into her first homicide investigation as well as a tragic love affair.

Each week, viewers were treated to the often murderous happenings in small town, quiet Cabot Cove, which ended up having at least 50 murders investigated by Jessica over the course of the series. Jessica helped the local constabulary there, initially bumbling Sheriff Amos Tupper, portrayed by Tom Bosley, then a more credible Sheriff, Mort Metzger, portrayed by Ron Masak, to solve whatever crime occurred.

Viewers also followed "J.B." around the world as she promoted her books on tour. Viewers were also treated to a fabulous character progression by Ms. Lansbury that took Jessica from a somewhat dowdy widow to a chic, sophisticated and internationally famous author of means and influence who helped citizens and governments alike. (She also helped a seemingly endless stream of nieces, nephews and other family members get out of trouble.)

Along the way, Ms. Lansbury was supported by brilliant charactor actor William Windom who portrayed crusty Dr. Seth Hazlitt and Jessica's closest friend. Hazlitt felt more than friendship for Jessica as the show continued, but unfortunately, the two were never officially brought together.

Broadway legends Len Cariou and the late Jerry Orbach (both friends of Ms. Lansbury) had recurring roles as British Intelligence Agent Michael Hagerty and Chicago Private Detective Harry McGraw, respectively. It was this role that provided Orbach with the opportunity to move on and join the cast of the celebrated Law & Order.

When the show began, Jessica was inexperienced and naive, the opening title sequence featuring an old manual typewriter upon which she pounded out her novels. When the series went off the air, Jessica maintained a second apartment in New York, had dined with kings and queens, been involved in international intrigue, dressed in the most stylish fashions -- and the opening sequence featured an up-to-date computer and printer! But, at the heart of the series was the heart Ms. Lansbury endowed her alter ego of Jessica, who never forgot her humble beginnings or her friends and remained a woman of integrity, compassion and warmth.

On the series, Ms. Lansbury was often able to showcase her many talents. Twice she played the dual role of her cousin Emma MacGill, a London dance hall performer. It is no coincidence that the singing and dancing Ms. Lansbury's given name is Angela Brigid MacGill Lansbury.

We can only hope that the remaining seasons of this fine series are released in full and very, very soon!
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ChihuahuaMomReviewed in the United States on June 21, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Murder, She Wrote
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I absolutely loved the TV series and didn't miss it if possible. Since it has not been brought back, I have ordered several seasons, and am trying to view them in order. I just finished watching most of this season and have thoroughly enjoyed each episode. I have never seen a 'bad' Murder, She Wrote. Angela Lansbury always does a superb role in these series. When the TV gets to be 'not worth watching' we just get out one of our many series of different actors, and have a wonderful evening of TV viewing of our choice, of our volume, and without commercial breaks or a message block at the bottom of our screen saying 'no signal.' I would recommend any of the series, in order or not, they don't build on each other like a soap opera, so you can enjoy them in any order.
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