Jonathan Creek. Jonathan Creek (Alan Davies). Copyright: BBC.

Jonathan Creek

BBC One comedy drama mystery series. 32 episodes (5 series), 1997 - 2016. Stars Alan Davies, Caroline Quentin, Stuart Milligan, Julia Sawalha and others.

The Grinning Man

Could a madman who preys upon human flesh really be to blame for 70 years worth of disappearances in an attic called 'The Nightmare Room'? Can Jonathan solve the mystery, or will fearlessly sceptical Joey Ross get there first?

Further details

Jonathan Creek. Image shows from L to R: Joey Ross (Sheridan Smith), Jonathan Creek (Alan Davies). Copyright: BBC.

Following several disappearances from a gloomy old attic known as The Nightmare Room, Creek is completely baffled by the gothic house. Seventy years on from the first disappearance, the room continues to claim lives. Can the ghost of a madman who preys upon human flesh really be to blame?

When two young women take shelter in the attic from a raging thunderstorm, it's not long before the ominous 'presence' has claimed another victim.

Determined to discover the truth about what has happened to her friend, the fearlessly sceptical Joey Ross finds herself working alongside veteran lateral-thinker Creek. Together, they embark on a complex, often dangerous, investigation into a mystery which only continues to deepen.

Can Creek shed light on the riddle and render the impossible possible? Or are his once-formidable powers of deduction about to be eclipsed by the sheer raw intuition of his younger counterpart?


The premiere of this episode was simulcast on BBC HD.

Broadcast details

Thursday 1st January 2009
120 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Alan Davies Jonathan Creek
    Stuart Milligan Adam Klaus
    Guest cast
    Sheridan Smith Joey Ross
    Jon Campling Jacques Futrelle
    Patrick Poletti Eli Mencken
    Sally Plumb Housewife
    Adam James Alec
    Naomi Bentley (as Naomi Bently) Mina
    Claran McMenamin Glen
    Katherine Parkinson Nicola
    Jenna Harrison Elodie
    Nicholas Boulton Lance Gessier
    Judy Parfitt Constance Gessier
    Elosie Rakic-Platt Child Constance
    Nick Nevern Lenny
    Charlotte Corner Young Constance
    Graham Vanas Maitre d'
    Sarah Champion Marcia
    Jemma Walker Candy Mountains
    Kate Mullins Puppini Sister
    Marcella Puppini Puppini Sister
    Stephanie O'Brian Puppini Sister
    Julia Ford Delia Gunning
    Deborah MacLaren Ellen Ashley Adams
    Andrew Havill Narrator
    Writing team
    David Renwick Writer
    Production team
    David Renwick Director
    Pete Thornton Executive Producer
    Nerys Evans Producer
    Jake Bernard Editor
    John Asbridge Production Designer
    Rick Wentworth Composer


    Two Heads are Better Than One

    A preview clip from the new 2009 special.

    Featuring: Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek), Sheridan Smith (Joey Ross).

    Entering the Crypt

    Jonathan Creek and Joey Ross enter a crypt.

    Featuring: Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek), Sheridan Smith (Joey Ross).

    The Grinning Man Preview - 3D Porn

    Illusionist Adam Klaus shows Jonathan Creek the future of blue-chip home entertainment.

    Featuring: Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek), Stuart Milligan (Adam Klaus).


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