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Murder, She Wrote: A Story To Die For – Saturday ITV

msw_story_to_die_for_121I’ve posted several times over the years about this post-series Murder, She Wrote TV movie getting airings in the UK.  Up to now all those screenings have been on the sister ITV3 channel.  On Saturday it returns to the big leagues on the main ITV1 channel.  You’ll have to get up early (for a Saturday) to catch it though as it’s a 9:30 start.

In January there was big Murder news as it was reported that the US TV network NBC had decided not to go ahead with making a pilot of a remake after they’d had a re-think.  Isn’t re-imagining the same as re-thinking?  Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (The Help) was signed up as the lead in the re-imagining.

Original Murder, She Wrote star Angela Lansbury was said to be “terribly pleased and relieved” at the news of the project’s cancellation.  Fans of the show seemed largely to be against the idea as well.  A few weeks prior to that, Angela, who in 2014 celebrates 70 years in the business known as “show”, received the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for her acting and charity work.  She may have lived and worked in the US for much of her life but Angela is British by birth and holds dual citizenship so can use the attached title of Dame.  Non-citizens can hold the honorary title and are only allowed put the letters after their name.  20 years ago Dame Angela was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire), which has no title attached, so getting the DBE is a promotion.  The equivalent to the DBE for men is the KBE, or Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, which gets you a Sir.

A Story To Die For was the second of four TV movies made in the seven years after the series finished its amazing 12 season run of 264 episodes in 1996.  (This post is brought to you by the numbers 2, 4, 7, 12, 264 and 1996, and the letters K, M and U :-) ).  As we know, earlier in her career Kathryn had a small role in one of the last episodes of the final season of the TV series.  The episode title was What You Don’t Know Can Kill You and KM UK covered it HERE.  Hopefully that episode will be broadcast on UK television at some point in the not to distant future.

Kathryn’s role in A Story To Die For is quite significant in its air time and importance to the plot.  Details of the broadcast can be found on the Radio Times website.

Screencaps (such as the one above) from the film can be found in the Gallery.

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