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

Friday 14th March 2014
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


    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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