Veteran actress Angela Lansbury is urging Tv producers to reconsider revamping her classic crime series Murder, She Wrote because she feels recycling the show is a "mistake".

The Oscar nominee portrayed mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher in the series from 1984 to 1996, landing the star 12 Emmy nominations and spawning four Tv movies and a spin-off series, The Law & Harry MCGraw.

Bosses at America's NBC network recently announced plans to rework the popular show with Octavia Spencer in the lead role - but Lansbury insists it won't be the same.

She tells the Associated Press, "I think it's a mistake to call it Murder, She Wrote because Murder, She Wrote will always be about a Cabot Cove (show's fictional village) and this wonderful little group of people who told those lovely stories and enjoyed a piece of that place, and also enjoyed Jessica Fletcher, who is a rare and very individual kind of person...

"So I'm sorry that they (Tv executives) have to use the title Murder, She Wrote, even though they have access to it and it's their right."

However, Lansbury, 88, insists she hopes for nothing but the best for Spencer: "I saw her in The Help and thought she was absolutely wonderful, a lovely actress. So I wish her well, but I wish it wasn't in Murder, She Wrote."