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 3 - The Curse Of The Bronze Lamp

A wealthy kidnap victim appears to pull off a mind-boggling act of teleportation to alert the police to her whereabouts.

Further details

Jonathan Creek. Denise (Josie Lawrence). Copyright: BBC.

Just when married life for Creek and Polly couldn't be sweeter, the first signs of conjugal friction are beginning to appear on the horizon...

A chance meeting one day with a stunning young weather forecaster is about to sow the seeds of insecurity in Polly's mind - especially when it emerges that her husband and the glamorous Daisy Shand share a rather unusual and intimate secret in the past.

And there are parallel rumblings in the life of the Creeks' new cleaning lady Denise, who is constantly offloading all her marital problems with apparent relish. Relations with her bovine husband Dean, it seems, are at such a low ebb she's decided to turn to the commercial sector for sexual fulfilment...

Too much information, the Creeks may feel, as she details her plans for a night of sin with a hunky young male escort. But when the evening takes a sudden tragic turn they are inevitably called in to help... and so begins a bizarre spiral of events involving mistaken identity, the disposal of a dead body, and a miraculous act of teleportation that leaves even Jonathan Creek lost for words.

Is it too fanciful to attribute these magical developments to the rusty old Aladdin's lamp that Denise recently unearthed at a car boot sale?

And as if life weren't complicated enough, there is the arrival one morning of a shocking photograph in the mail destined to send a shiver down Polly's spine. Who took it? And who sent it? And most terrifyingly, is there a chance, as Creek suggests, that it might be about to go viral?

And finally, what is going on behind the net curtains at the apparently innocent riverside home of parish magazine editor Horace Greeley? And what is the strange dark secret being nursed by his elderly twin sisters...?

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 14th March 2014
Time
9pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Alan Davies Jonathan Creek
Sarah Alexander Polly Creek
John Bird Horace Greeley
Guest cast
Josie Lawrence Denise
June Whitfield Heidi Greeley
June Whitfield Laurel Greeley
Elizabeth Conboy Lindsey Isherwood
Melanie Gray Daisy Shand
Teddy Nicholas Karl
Uriel Emil Ethan
Daniel Osgerby Rowan Isherwood
Dar Dash Kevin
Mark Flitton Dean
Caroline Lee Johnson (as Caroline Lee-Johnson) DI Karen Addams
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

Videos

The bronze lamp

Denise shows Jonathan & Polly the lamp that she feels will change her luck.

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

Creek bumps into Daisy Shand

Jonathan bumps into Daisy and are reminded of 'that famous evening'.

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Featuring: Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek), Sarah Alexander (Polly Creek), Melanie Gray (Daisy Shand).

Dinner with Heidi

Heidi tells Polly she shouldn't worry about her marriage just yet.

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Featuring: Sarah Alexander (Polly Creek), June Whitfield (Heidi Greeley), June Whitfield (Laurel Greeley).

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