Jonathan Creek series 5 trailer releasedBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
The BBC has released a trailer for the new series of Jonathan Creek.

The 30-second promo sees Creek - having relinquished his windmill home now that he's married - scathingly comparing the new community in which he lives to Twin Peaks.

As previously reported, series 5 starts on BBC One on Friday 28th February at 9pm with The Letters of Septimus Noone. A clip from the episode has been made available on the Radio Times website, in which the BBC One series Sherlock is parodied.

The second episode of the three-episode run is entitled The Sinner and the Sandman. Its broadcast date and time are yet to be confirmed.
In The Sinner and the Sandman, a retired local psychic inadvertently makes the most amazing and impossible prediction of his career.

As Creek and Polly strive to settle into rural life, they find their apparently serene country village is riddled with all manner of strange and disturbing undercurrents . . .

Trouble is already brewing in the nearby community centre - recently reopened after a major facelift - where a sordid sex scandal is about to break, casting a pall of gloom over the celebrations.

And at the vicarage, the arrival of a new baby is overshadowed by tales of a "weird hump-backed beast" that has been seen prowling in the garden by night and foraging through the rubbish bags for foodstuffs.

Even the Creek residence is struck by misfortune, as the prospect of a plague of deadly Japanese knotweed threatens to trigger widescale panic throughout the village. And after a whole slew of other unfortunate events, there are fears that some strange parochial apocalypse is about to dawn.

Jonathan Creek, meanwhile, finds himself paying a charitable call on the eccentric Mr Eric Ipswich - aka "The Amazing Astrodamus" - an ancient and reclusive former psychic magician who will shortly bring the village to a standstill by pulling off the most baffling act of clairvoyance in history.

And what is behind the macabre recurring dream that continues to haunt Creek's wife Polly, in which the kindly children's nursery character The Sandman is transformed into a dark and chilling figure of evil?
Creek is played by Alan Davies, and Polly by Sarah Alexander.

Jonathan Creek series 5 start date and time confirmedBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
The new mini-series of Jonathan Creek will start on Friday 28th February at 9pm, the BBC confirmed today.

The BBC One drama, starring Alan Davies as the eponymous mystery-solver and Sarah Alexander as his wife, Polly, returns for three episodes, beginning with The Letters of Septimus Noone.
When a classic locked-room novel is turned into a West End musical, one of its stars falls victim to a real-life "impossible crime".

The Mystery of the Yellow Room, based on a 19th-century story by Gaston Leroux, is currently thrilling London theatre audiences with its enticing blend of music, romance and sizzling Gothic melodrama.

But events take a sinister turn one night when the show's glamorous singing sensation Juno Pirelli is found horribly stabbed inside a locked dressing room, from which no assailant could possibly have escaped.

No weapon or any other evidence of an intruder can be found, nor any rational explanation for the victim's wounds.

As the actress's life hangs in the balance, her producer and colleagues remain baffled. And attention once again turns to the lateral-thinking Jonathan Creek for a solution to the whole grisly puzzle.

But can Creek - now a happily-married man - even be persuaded to embark upon the investigation? As he and his wife, Polly, struggle to come to terms with a sudden personal tragedy, a series of dark and disturbing family secrets is about to emerge that will throw the couple's whole world into turmoil . . .
Davies recently revealed to Radio Times that the episode will parody BBC One stablemate Sherlock, with fast cutting and close focusing on clues as a Creek admirer and criminology student called Ridley, portrayed by Kieran Hodgson, gets things hopelessly wrong when he imitates Sherlock while attempting to work out the recent travels of Creek and his wife.

The episode will co-star Ali Bastian as Juno Pirelli, Paula Wilcox as Hazel Prosser, Simon Thomas as Christophe Holtz, and Raquel Cassidy as Sharon.

Jonathan Creek Broadcast Details ConfirmedBookmark and Share

Sunday, 24 March 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The new episode of Jonathan Creek will air on Monday 1st April at 8.30pm, the BBC has confirmed.

The Clue Of The Savant's Thumb stars Alan Davies as Creek, who is called upon by returning Sheridan Smith as Joey Ross to help investigate the disappearance of a dead body from a locked study - which turns out to be the first in a chain of dark mysteries. Also making a return appearance is Rik Mayall as Detective Inspector Gideon Pryke.

The feature-length episode guest-stars Joanna Lumley as Rosalind Tartikoff, Nigel Planer as Franklin Tartikoff, Hasina Haque as Fariba Tartikoff, Michael Lumsden as local doctor and family confidant Peter Churchill, Sarah Alexander as media executive Polly, the new love of Creek's life, and Mark Frost as local farm worker Brad.

Also featuring in the episode are James Buller as Det Sgt Cudlipp, Sharlene Whyte as Det Con Atkins, Robert Styles as Jack, Louise Yates as Davina, Anna Burnett as the young Rosalind, Phoebe Jones as Natalie, Abigail McKern as Beth, Lydia Gerrard as the young Beth, Lucie Wolfman as Grace, Angelica Jopling as Kate, Mairead Conneely as Sister Cunegonde, and Samantha Coughlan as a receptionist.

As previously reported, the BBC One special, which has been written and directed by David Renwick, will be followed next year by a mini-series of three episodes.

More Clues To New Jonathan CreekBookmark and Share

Saturday, 16 March 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
More details have been released about the forthcoming return to BBC One of comic mystery drama Jonathan Creek.

The Clue Of The Savant's Thumb - a 90-minute special written and directed by David Renwick - will air at Easter, starring Alan Davies as the eponymous investigator of apparently supernatural mysteries and with Sheridan Smith back once again as fellow investigator Joey Ross. It will guest-star Joanna Lumley as Rosalind Tartikoff and also see the return of Rik Mayall as Detective Inspector Gideon Pryke.

When a dead body impossibly vanishes from a locked study it is only the first in a chain of dark mysteries confronting Jonathan Creek and self-styled paranormal investigator Joey Ross.

Writer, producer, political campaigner, and all round polymath Franklin Tartikoff is one of the country's most eminent intellectuals. But tragedy and horror are about to engulf the vast old country house he shares with his beautiful wife, Rosalind, and their adopted daughter, Fariba.

On the day that Fariba returns from a spiritual journey to the remote Far Eastern island where she was born, her mother is attending the funeral of an old school friend - an event that will unleash disturbing memories of a classmate whose macabre death, 50 years ago in the school dormitory, was never explained.

Today, Waxwood Hall convent school lies eerily empty and derelict. But as Rosalind Tartikoff revisits her childhood haunts she finds that ghosts from the past still stalk its gloomy interior. Now a lecturer in humanities and modern philosophy, as well as being an avowed religious sceptic, how can she bear to admit – even to herself – that as a rebellious teenager in the Sixties she once had a miraculous vision of God?

And when her life is ripped apart by the shocking death of her husband and a disappearing act that appears to defy the laws of science - the very fabric of everything she believes in - there is only one person she feels she can turn to, who, in a world of "gods and spirits and magic and miracles can still fly the flag for common sense".

A grisly murder, the macabre history of a Catholic girls' school, a sinister local society, and a series of increasingly puzzling, interlocking clues form the backdrop to another weird and wonderful case for Creek and Joey, where this time they find themselves merely junior players, in an inquiry spearheaded by the flamboyant and indomitable Detective Inspector Gideon Pryke - an inquiry whose resolution will prove infinitely deeper and darker than any of them could have imagined . . .
It also stars Sarah Alexander as media executive Polly, the new love of Creek's life, Nigel Planer as Franklin Tartikoff, Hasina Haque as Fariba Tartikoff, Michael Lumsden as local doctor and family confidant Peter Churchill, and Mark Frost as local farm worker Brad.

This isn't the first time that Planer has appeared in the show, as he also guest-starred in the first series' third episode - The Reconstituted Corpse - which aired in May 1997.

A broadcast date and time for the special is yet to be confirmed.

A fifth series of Jonathan Creek is on the way, too. Earlier this month, Davies tweeted that three one-hour episodes of the show would be made in the autumn. The fourth series, comprising six episodes, aired in two parts over 2003 and 2004. Since then, there have been three specials including the upcoming one. According to industry publication Broadcast, the new mini-series will be broadcast in 2014.

Cast Announced For New Jonathan Creek EpisodeBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The cast for the forthcoming new episode of Jonathan Creek was revealed by the BBC today.

Starring alongside Alan Davies as Creek and Sheridan Smith as fellow investigator Joey Ross, pictured, in the 90-minute special The Clue of the Savant's Thumb will be Rik Mayall, returning as Detective Inspector Gideon Pryke, Sarah Alexander, Joanna Lumley, Nigel Planer, and Hasina Haque.

The episode, written and directed by David Renwick, sees Creek and Ross drawn into a complex case involving a secret society, seemingly supernatural events at a girls' boarding school, and the miraculous disappearance of a body in front of three witnesses.

Filming is currently under way, with the action being shot in Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, and Hertfordshire. The episode is due to air on BBC One this Easter.

Jonathan Creek To ReturnBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 5 December 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
The award-winning comedy-crime-drama Jonathan Creek is to return for a one-off episode next Easter, the BBC announced today.

Starring Alan Davies as the eponymous mystery-solver and with Sheridan Smith returning as his sidekick Joey Ross, the 90-minute special - entitled The Clue of the Savant's Thumb - has been written by David Renwick, who created the show and who wrote all its previous episodes. It is to be made by BBC In-House Comedy for BBC One, with filming starting later this month.

In the story, Creek and Ross are drawn into a complex case involving a secret society, seemingly supernatural events at a girls' boarding school, and the miraculous disappearance of a body in front of three witnesses.

Davies said:
The new story has more than the usual amount of twists and surprises, and I'm very much looking forward to sleuthing again. I can't wait to join Sheridan Smith on set again. We're very lucky to have her. It's nearly 17 years since I first auditioned for the part. The duffle coat is always on stand-by, even if the periods of duffle-hibernation are quite long these days.

Pete Thornton, the creative head of BBC In-House Comedy, added:
A new Creek script from David is always a joy, and this one is especially brilliant. With the dream team of Alan Davies and Sheridan Smith back on board, we're looking forward to delivering a really special Easter treat for BBC One audiences next year.

No director has been announced yet, but it will be produced by Rosemary McGowan, with Pete Thornton as the executive producer.

Jonathan Creek first aired in 1997 and there have been four series and two specials so far. In 1998, it won the BAFTA for Best Drama Series. Julia Sawalha, who played the Doctor's assistant and love interest Emma in Steven Moffat's Doctor Who spoof The Curse of Fatal Death for Comic Relief in 1999, was Creek's assistant Carla Borrego between 2001 and 2004, while guest stars have included Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Paul McGann, Maureen O'Brien, Mary Tamm, and Geoffrey Beevers.