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

Jonathan Creek

  • TV comedy drama
  • BBC One
  • 1997 - 2016
  • 32 episodes (5 series)

Comedy drama following a creator of magical illusions who finds his expertise suited to solving murders and mysteries. Stars Alan Davies, Caroline Quentin, Stuart Milligan, Julia Sawalha, Adrian Edmondson and more.

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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?

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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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 9th April 2011 9:00pm W
Friday 27th May 2011 10:00pm W
Saturday 28th May 2011 9:20pm W
Thursday 3rd January 2013 10:30pm W
Friday 15th November 2013 9:00pm Drama
Saturday 16th November 2013 7:00pm Drama
Sunday 24th November 2013 1:00am W
Monday 16th December 2013 1:00am W
Friday 27th December 2013 3:30pm Drama
Friday 27th December 2013 9:00pm Drama
Friday 11th March 2016 10:00pm Drama
Friday 14th April 2017 11:20pm Drama
Saturday 15th April 2017 9:20pm Drama
Saturday 25th November 2017 9:00pm W
Thursday 15th February 2018 9:00pm Drama
Monday 6th May 2019 9:00pm Drama
Sunday 2nd January 2022 8:00pm Drama
Thursday 7th July 2022 8:00pm Drama
Thursday 22nd December 2022 12:20am Drama
Thursday 22nd December 2022 7:25pm Drama
Sunday 9th July 2023 7:20pm Drama
Wednesday 27th September 2023 8:00pm Drama
Sunday 12th November 2023 11:00pm Drama

Cast & crew

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
CiarĂ¡n McMenamim (as 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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