Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 30, 1984
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
CBS TV Network

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Murder, She Wrote » Season 2
Murder, She Wrote - 02x05 Sing a Song of Murder

2x05 Sing a Song of Murder

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4.33/5 (3 votes)
First Aired: Oct. 27, 1985 on CBS

Summary: -

Upon receiving news that her cousin Emma died in a tragic auto accident in London, Jessica travels to England for her funeral.

However, when she arrives Jessica discovers that Emma faked her death in order learn the identity of the individual who has tried to kill her.

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Main Characters in this Episode



Guest Stars

Emma McGill played by Angela Lansbury
Violet Weems played by Sarah Douglas
Kitty Trumbull played by Olivia Hussey
Insp. Roger Crimmins played by Barrie Ingham
Bridget O'Hara played by Glynis Johns
Oliver Trumbull played by Patrick Macnee
Danny Briggs played by Gregory Paul Martin
Ernest Fielding played by Kristoffer Tabori

Episode Quotes

Danny Briggs: I've got people to answer to. People who'll peel away my hide if I don't deliver.

Mistakes/Goofs

  • Goof (errors in geography): A double decker London bus is clearly seen passing the front of Heathrow Airport. These actually service central London and long-hauls across the capital. Instead the airport is serviced by single-decker buses.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): The streets are too wide for London. Furthermore, in London, the middle and lanes are always marked with continuous or broken white lines due to their narrowness, yet none of these markings are present.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): When the first scene at Emma's hideaway was shown, obviously the two characters Emma and Jessica were filmed separately on the couch and then the film was put together (as both are played by Angela Lansbury). However Jessica did a lot of moving while she was talking, so Emma was looking straight across at where she had been, despite her bending down while she talked.
  • Goof (anachronisms): A 1957 Mk1 Jaguar is clearly marked up as a Police car. Although the Police have used Jaguars as police cars this particular model would be too dated for them to use here.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): None of the London taxi cabs have their "FOR HIRE" sign lit up. This seems deeply unlikely. If the driver is on duty and has no passengers, he is required by the Carriage Office to switch it on. If he does not, he can be reported and suffer a heavy fine if not loss of his license altogether.

Trivia

  • The title is from the nursery rhyme "Sing a song of six pence" that is usually found in Mother Goose collections.
  • The song that Angela Lansbury sings as Emma MacGill, "Good-bye, Little Yellow Bird," is the song her character sang in The Picture of Dorian Gray.
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