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Lansbury - "I always thought it would be fun to do a two-hour special"

Following the news that she is to return to the London stage at the age of 88, actress Angela Lansbury has said that she wants to reprise her role as sleuth Jessica Fletcher in a one-off Murder, She Wrote special.

Lansbury, who will appear in Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre in the West End from March, said: "I always thought it would be fun to do a two-hour special and show her today as an older woman and introduce somebody maybe who might pick up the reins."

The acting legend said she was happy that a planned revamp of the series starring The Help's Octavia Spencer had been shelved.

She said: "I have too much admiration for her to saddle her with the awful responsibility of having to bring that title [Murder, She Wrote] into a different venue."

Lansbury is playing Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, a role for which she won a Tony Award on Broadway.

It is her first role on the London stage in almost 40 years, and the Gielgud Theatre is where Lansbury's mother, actress Moyna MacGill, made her stage debut in 1918.

Lansbury credits her own longevity to a mixture of strong tea, vitamins and an "amazing constitution" she inherited from her grandfather, British Labour Party leader George Lansbury.

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