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.

Series 5, Episode 1 - The Letters Of Septimus Noone

A classic locked room novel is turned into a West End musical... then one of its stars falls victim to a real-life 'impossible crime'.

Further details

Jonathan Creek. Image shows from L to R: Juno Pirelli (Ali Bastian), Christophe Holtz (Simon Thomas). Copyright: BBC.

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 are about to emerge that will throw the couple's whole world into turmoil...


Songs The Yellow Room and Drifting composed and arranged by Philip Pope.

This episode contains a number of spoofs, references and homages to the highly successful Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, The Phantom Of The Opera.

Broadcast details

Friday 28th February 2014
60 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Alan Davies Jonathan Creek
    Sarah Alexander Polly Creek
    Guest cast
    Ali Bastian Juno Pirelli
    Simon Thomas Christophe Holtz
    Ross Armstrong Angus
    Marianne Borgo Zelda Niedlespascher (Director)
    Raquel Cassidy Sharon (Ripley & Ridley's Mother)
    Kieran Hodgson Ridley
    Rhydian Jones Darryl (Make-up Artist)
    Alice O'Connell Rachel (Angus's Wife)
    Paula Wilcox Hazel Prosser
    Liberty Nichols-O'Connell Ripley
    Roy Sampson Mr. Partridge (Polly's Father)
    Writing team
    David Renwick Writer
    Production team
    David Sant Director
    Rosemary McGowan Producer
    Pete Thornton Executive Producer
    David Renwick Executive Producer
    Paul Garrick Editor
    John Asbridge Production Designer
    Rick Wentworth Composer
    Philip Pope Composer


    Spiritual photographs

    Auntie Hazel tells Polly that death might not necessarily be the end.

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    Featuring: Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek), Sarah Alexander (Polly Creek), Paula Wilcox (Hazel Prosser).

    Polly finds a mysterious letter

    The Creeks try to decipher a letter they find among Polly's fathers possessions.

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    Featuring: Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek), Sarah Alexander (Polly Creek).

    Jonathan and Polly at the Theatre

    Jonathan Creek gets into a fight with another audience member at the theatre.

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    Featuring: Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek), Sarah Alexander (Polly Creek), Ali Bastian (Juno Pirelli), Simon Thomas (Christophe Holtz).


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