Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Wearing of the Green 

In New York City researching her next book, Jessica is drawn into a mystery involving a priceless tiara, a reclusive former actress and a news reporter accused of murder.


Seymour Robbie


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 4 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Lucie Arnaz ... Det. Bess Stacey
Barbara Bosson ... Diane Raymond
Michael Constantine ... Laszlo Dolby
Erin Gray ... Andrea Dean
Patty McCormack ... Det. Kathleen Chadwick
John McMartin ... Hudson Blackthorn
David Naughton ... Ken Parrish
Jean Peters ... Siobhan O'Dea
David Sheiner ... Leo Selkirk (as David S. Sheiner)
Barry Dennen ... Sheldon Persky
Wayne Heffley ... Security Guard
David Sage David Sage ... Stavros
Thomas Bellin Thomas Bellin ... Superintendent
Harry Morgan Moses ... Policeman (as Harry Moses)


In New York City researching her next book, Jessica is drawn into a mystery involving a priceless tiara, a reclusive former actress and a news reporter accused of murder.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

27 November 1988 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Guest star David Sheiner's final acting role to date. He retired from acting as of 1988. See more »


Diamonds are one of the hardest substances. There is no way a slip if a cutting tool would splinter a diamond. See more »


[first lines]
Siobhan O'Dea: [on phone] Mr. DiMarco, there's someone at my door. You've let someone come up here to my door.
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Spoofs Cagney & Lacey (1981) See more »


Murder She Wrote Theme
Written by John Addison
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Green is the most jealous colour
8 September 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.

The main reasons to see "Wearing of the Green" are the character moments and the cast. While the mystery itself is a decent one, to me there are more intricate and more consistently compelling ones of the season and of 'Murder She Wrote' in general.

Of these character moments, three assets were particularly fun. One was Jean Peters' reclusive character with a tiara obsession. Two was the characters played by Erin Gray and Barbara Bosson fighting over jewellery design. Three was seeing a 'Cagney and Lacey' influence to the performances of Lucie Arnaz and Patty McCormack. The romantic triangle wasn't quite as convincing but didn't drag "Wearing of the Green" down.

Angela Lansbury as always is excellent, while Peters, Gray and Bosson particularly stand out in support. Arnez and McCormack are also fine. John McMartin is a little bland compared to the rest but not distractingly so.

Production values as ever are slick and stylish with a lovely setting and fashions. The music has energy and has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune.

The writing is thought-provoking, light-hearted and amiable.

In summary, very good and worth seeing for the cast and character moments in particular. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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