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Helena and I have started watching "Murder She Wrote".
Jessica Fletcher is a mystery writer who lives in the sleepy New England town of "Cabot Cove", where everyone knows everyone else. However, there is somethng supernatural going on, because everywhere she goes there is always a murder. And the police always suspect the wrong person, if they have any idea at all. Of course, Jessica always manages to solve the murder, usually risking her life to get the culprit to confess all, with the police intervening in the nick of time to ensure that she'll be back next week.
Unlike Columbo, these are only 45 minute episodes, and it's amazing how complicated some of the plots are, with red-herrings and subtle clues all over the place. Over all the years and 260-odd episodes the population of Cabot Cove must have gone down tremendously, though not all of the murders happen there.
Also unlike many detective stories the writers have to cope each week with the problem of getting Jessica involved in the sleuthing - after all, she's not a PI or a police officer. The police always assume that they can do better. "Are you all right, Mrs Fletcher?" Asked a New York Cop in one episode after she discovered a body. Not realising that she'd probably seen more bodies than he had.
Angela Lansbury was originally British. I haven't seen here in that many films, but she's amazing. She made her film debut at the age of 18 in "Gaslight" (an Ingrid Bergman film), and her performance is a real eye-opener. It's not surprising that she went on to become famous, and she's still working well into her 80s.
Helena would have spent all weekend watching them back to back if I'd let her - as it is, I'm going to have to stock up on some more of them before long...
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