2x05 Sing a Song of Murder
First Aired: Oct. 27, 1985 on CBS
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.
Main Characters in this Episode
Danny Briggs: I've got people to answer to. People who'll peel away my hide if I don't deliver.
- Goof (factual errors): Such a case as this would not fall under the jurisdiction of New Scotland Yard, but either the Metropolitan Police or the City of London Police, depending on locality in the capital.
- 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 (continuity error): When Emma was almost hit by a car she jumped up onto the edge of the wall and then back down onto the floor. When she landed she was facing the theatre door, but when Oliver came of the door and the shot changed, she was facing away from the wall. This happened in the transition from stunt person to Angela.
- 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): The type of Music Hall varieties depicted in this episode was gone from the British scene by 1960.
- 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.
- The poster by Ian Pollock on Patrick MacNee'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.
- 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.
- The title is from the nursery rhyme "Sing a song of six pence" that is usually found in Mother Goose collections.
- Reunites Angela Lansbury with Glynis Johns, her co-star in The Court Jester, and with Olivia Hussey who played her daughter in Death On The Nile.