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October 2020 Newsletter

So much news! Three new UK venues and dates announced below, a new website launched, a cookalong to celebrate Dame Angela's birthday and more. I'm exhausted Amos - make yourself useful for once and put the kettle on!

Tim Benzie
Creator and Host
Pump up your bike tyres, put your jogging bottoms on or get that bus ticket - we may be coming your way soon. Catch us at The Elgiva in Chesham on 14 November, the Palace Theatre at Paignton on 4 December (pictured above) and the Castle Theatre in Wellingborough on 8 December. More shows and dates announced soon!
UK eatery Piecaramba have launched a new menu item - the Burger, She Wrote! It's described as "a double cheeseburger pie, with two beef patties, melted cheddar cheese, tomato relish and gherkins, all wrapped up in gluten-free pastry". Piecaramba have restaurants in Brighton, Southampton and Winchester if you want to solve this meaty pie/burger/pop culture mash up!
Hey fangelas, in order to maximise seating and ensure social distancing some venues have asked for bookings to be done in tables rather than individually. So don't be alarmed if you see that tickets seemed to have gone up in price - they haven't! It's just that you may now be asked to book in groups of two or three (or six). Sorry for the inconvenience and always email me at if you want to see the show solo. 

We've kept in touch with all our UK venues during the pandemic and keeping our fingers crossed for their survival. We're delighted to announce the return of our show to two beloved venues: The Prince Charles Cinema, London and The Stage Door Southampton. New events will be announced and on sale very soon and we'll send separate emails announcing dates. Remember if you visit (and can afford it) please spend generously on drinks and sweets. Venues really depend on this revenue so enjoy this fab excuse to buy that extra pint or bag of Haribo. 

Culinary fangela Jenny Hammerton writes amazing "Silver Screen Supper" cookbooks (including the delicious My Cooking With Columbo. The Murder, She Wrote Cookbook is almost complete and you've been invited to help out on Dame Angela Lansbury's 95th birthday on 16 October. It's easy - click here to choose a favourite recipe of DAL's or one of her many guest stars, and cook and Tweet about it on the day. Your recipe trial and feedback will feature in the book. I'm taking Wayne Rogers' Zesty Pinto Beans and there's only 20 left - so be quick! 

Some venues across the country are gradually coming back to life and as a result Solve-Along-A are taking part in a UK Xmas Tour, with the episode "A Christmas Secret". We'll be playing to socially-distanced audiences with our adapted show and there are LOTS of dates planned. Obviously they are all subject to cancellation and refunds, but we're planning to hit the road from 19 November to 19 December hopefully somewhere near YOU.

We thought it was time for a change, just like Amos Tupper's retirement, Grady's marriage and Ethan's dismissal, so we upgraded the website! We hope you like it - let me know at if you have any suggestions or ideas. Like JB I'm not afraid of revising my work (even though I know deep down how fabulous it is). 

Words cannot express how much I loved this book as a child. Having devoured almost all of Agatha Christie's novels (80 of them!) by the time I was 13, I found this masterpiece a gripping companion. Did you know Hercule Poirot had an identical twin brother called Achille? Or did he?
At the latest show at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern ("Paint Me a Murder") I asked fangelas to draw and submit their own book covers based on JB Fletcher novel titles. They were so hilarious I wrote artistic reviews for all of them on Insta and Twitter. I'm pleased to announce the winner is Sam Butler for their brilliant interpretation (pictured) of "Murder Comes to Maine". So many graves in Cabot Cove cemetery - I wonder why? We return to the RVT on 18 December - book soon!
There's a lovely article in The New York Times about a former cynic's new love for MSW and we're living for it like Jessica at a crime scene. Self-confessed "Angela Fansbury" writes: "What really drew me to the show ... was Jessica herself. Brilliantly embodied by Lansbury, she is a sassy, smart and funny older woman who — despite not knowing how to drive — is totally independent. As she travels the world, she seems as comfortable in Cairo as she does back home in Maine." We couldn't agree more! Author Crystal Arroyo is also the wonder behind the Insta account @Angelafansbury where she posts meme moments from the show. Unmissable!
Longtime fangelas will know that my husband Paul Joseph and I have been writing the adult panto for the Royal Vauxhall Tavern since 2017 and we're thrilled to announced that we've done it again. We've previously penned Goosed (based on Mother Goose), Rubbed (based on Aladdin) and Slipped (based on Cinderella). This year they gave us Sleeping Beauty, so you're getting Pricked! Shows start on 26 November so book very soon for this socially-distanced panto - it is bound to sell out!
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