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


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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