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Murder, She Wrote

Angela Lansbury was the fourth choice to play Jessica Fletcher. Jean Stapleton was offered the part but turned it down, as did Doris Day.

Jessica's maiden name was McGill, taken from Angela Lansbury's real-life mother, Moyna McGill.

Angela Lansbury also played Jessica's look-alike cousin Emma, who was a performer on the London stage.

On several episodes, Angela Lansbury, as Jessica, would just appear briefly at the beginning to introduce that week's episode and many of those episodes would feature Keith Michell as Jessica's friend Dennis Stanton.

Jessica Fletcher lived at 698 Candelwood, Cabot Cove, Maine.

Jessica's late husband Frank was a bomber pilot in Korea.

Before she met and married her late husband, Frank, Jessica was studying to become a journalist.

The name of Jessica's first novel was 'The Corpse Danced at Midnight'.

The show's title is a reference to the Miss Marple mystery 'Murder, She Said' (1961), which was based on a novel by Agatha Christie.

The episodes 'Jack and Bill' and 'Whatever Happened to Mary Margaret' are apparently pilot episodes for other shows that were broadcast as Murder, She Wrote episodes in an attempt to create a spin-off. The only successful spin-off of the series was 'The Law and Harry McGraw' (1987).

Jessica never drove a car. She always rode her bicycle or took a cab.

The harbor of Jessica's home town, Cabot Cove, is actually the Jaw's lake on the Universal Studios tram tour.

The German version of Murder, She Wrote is called 'Mord ist ihr hobby'.

Former substitute English teacher and famed mystery writer Jessica Fletcher has a gift for solving mysteries. It seems murder follows her around, whether it be to the house of her seemingly endless number of friends, nieces and nephews or right in her hometown of Cabot Cove, Maine. Jessica is sometimes assisted by her friend Dr. Seth Hazlitt or the local sheriff, Amos Tupper (later Sheriff Metzger). Sometimes, early in the series, Jessica would only narrate the episodes, which would be a dramatization of one of her novels. In later seasons, Jessica moved to New York City to be closer to her publisher and also closer to crime.
You can watch Murder, She Wrote on...
Biography Channel (USA)*
BBC Two (UK)
Alibi (UK)
*Biography Channel (UK) does not show Murder, She Wrote.
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You can buy Murder, She Wrote on DVD...
Season One (Regions 1, 2 & 4)
Season Two (Regions 1, 2 & 4)
Season Three (Regions 1, 2 & 4)
Season Four (Regions 1, 2 & 4)
Season Five (Regions 1, 2 & 4)
Season Six (Regions 1, 2 & 4)
Season Seven (Regions 1, 2 & 4)
Season Eight (Regions 1, 2 & 4)
Season Nine (Region 1 from Feb 17)

MSW Season 4

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