Following a pawn shop robbery, Kate Shackleton is recruited for her second ever case as a private investigator. Employed to locate the owners of the stolen items, she finds herself in Harrogate and mixes business with pleasure with a visit to the theatre. Needless to say, it isn’t long before Kate finds a body – stabbed in the gutter outside the theatre.
Before she can look into the death, the leading lady of the play disappears, a ransom note demanding £1000 from her grandfather. But as Kate starts to investigate, it seems that some people in town have some deep secrets… and the past is casting a long shadow.
And so we move on to Season Four of Jonathan Creek. Maddy has now disappeared to the USA with a new love and Jonathan, while still working for Adam Klaus, is roped into helping Carla, ex-theatrical agent, now presenter of a True Crimes TV show, with an impossible crime slot in the show. It seems that things almost happened between Jonathan and Carla after the events of Satan’s Chimney but a typical Renwick misunderstanding split them up. Unfortunately for Jonathan, once things are resolved, it transpires that Carla has gained a husband – a TV producer played by the wonderful Adrian Edmondson.
There were six episodes in the series – no Christmas special this time, but it would return for a few specials, having lost Julia Sawalha but gained Sheridan Smith. I’ll not do a separate post on those, but include them at the end of this one. For this post, I’ve rewatched Angel Hair, the second episode of the series.
And so to Series Three of Jonathan Creek – a series that is so bad, according to one commentor on the reviews for Series One and Series Two that I should just stop after the Series Two Christmas Special, Black Canary. It can’t be that bad, can it?
No cast changes for the main part of this series, until the Christmas episode when Caroline Quentin disappears for good to be replaced, for now, with Julia Sawalha as Carla. But we’ll come to that in a bit.
The episode that I’ve chosen from this series is The Eyes Of Tiresias – an old woman has a dream about a man being murdered in his office. Lo and behold, the dream comes true, down to the exact details. Is she truly a prophet? If so, things look bleak, as she’s dreamt about her own murder as well…
On to series two of Jonathan Creek, in preparation for the return of the series next Friday. You can see my thoughts on Series One, and The Reconstituted Corpse in particular, here.
On to series two, consisting of six episodes, two of which make up a two-part story. There’s also a ninety minute Christmas special. The cast is basically as in series one – Alan Davies as Jonathan Creek, Caroline Quentin as Maddie Magellan and they’re joined now by Stuart Milligan as Adam Klaus, Jonathan’s boss who had appeared in the first episode played by Anthony Head but then disappeared (as if by magic) for the rest of the series. The comments on the first post seem to indicate that it’s downhill hereafter – but let’s take a look at this series first.
The episode I thought I’d take a look at is The Scented Room. A priceless painting vanishes without trace from inside a watched and impregnable room. Jonathan solves the case in record time, but because he doesn’t like the person who it belonged to – a theatre critic who has slammed Adam’s shows in the past – he decides to torture him by keeping the solution to himself.
Robert Kramer, theatrical producer, is hosting a party in his central London penthouse to celebrate the launch of his trashy new West End play, The Two Murderers. The rain is beating down outside but everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. Until, that is, a tragedy ensues. The door to Kramer’s infant son’s nursery is locked from the inside. Once the door is broken down, the window is found wide open, the baby is missing and a antique Mr Punch puppet is lying on the floor. It seems that life has imitated art – for in the puppet show, Mr Punch throws the baby out of the window…
The Peculiar Crimes Unit may have a new lease of life in their new offices – once home to Aleister Crowley – but as ever, they are in constant danger of being shut down. As they investigate the child’s murder, they start treading on toes as a Minister’s daughter was present at the party. Meanwhile the killer has barely begun their reign of terror…
So, as I pointed out in my last post, Jonathan Creek returns to our screens (well, UK ones at least) for a series of three one-hour adventures from next Friday.
For those who haven’t encountered the show before, it revolves around Jonathan, a designer of magic tricks for the magician Adam Klaus, who is dragged into solving impossible crimes first by freelance journalist Maddy Magellan and then, when Caroline Quentin left the series, a number of other muses. We’ll come to them later, but I’m going to be looking at the show one series at a time. Needless to say, I don’t have time to re-watch the whole lot of them, but I’ll be focussing on one episode per series, picking the one that I remember the least. In the case of Series One – The Reconstituted Corpse.
Zola Zbzewski has become famous due to the countless cosmetic surgeries performed on her by her ex-lover. But on the eve of the publication of her kiss-and-tell memoirs, her ex-lover is shot dead. Someone is apparently trying to frame Zola, even down to DNA evidence, but the mystery becomes even more complicated when another dead body appears out of nowhere…
It’s back – next Friday on BBC1
Saw the trailer after last night’s Death In Paradise and the music sent a welcome shiver down my spine. Three new episodes – fingers crossed!