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.

Press Clippings

Jump the shark: Jonathan Creek

Alan Davies solved improbable crimes with wit and flair. Before, erm, getting a job in advertising.

The Guardian, 12th August 2019

When Creek satirised Sherlock & predicted its downfall

What was a cheeky dig from one mystery show to another turned out to be much more prophetic.

Mark Butler, i Newspaper, 12th July 2017

20 facts for Jonathan Creek's 20th anniversary

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the first time that David Renwick's ingenious creation first hit our screens. To celebrate, here's a look at 20 things you may not know about everyone's favourite tousle-haired, windmill-dwelling amateur sleuth.

Jon O'Brien, Metro, 10th May 2017

Alan Davies: We're making a mess of our culture

Having graced the stage and small screen for more than two decades, Alan Davies has seen a fair few changes--both professionally and personally.

Fiona Hicks, Readers Digest, 30th December 2016

Jonathan Creek Christmas special review: Daemons' Roost

This year's Jonathan Creek Christmas Special proves that there's life in the old duffel coat yet.

Louisa Mellor, Den Of Geek, 29th December 2016

Jonathan Creek review

It's not easy pulling off the classic Christmas combo of spooky and cosy, but this special makes it look (super)natural.

Chitra Ramaswamy, The Guardian, 29th December 2016

Jonathan Creek, review

A creaky return for Alan Davies's amateur sleuth in the spooky seasonal thriller.

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 28th December 2016

Jonathan Creek special review

Well, Jonathan Creek's 2016 Christmas special, 'Daemon's Roost', is neither festive, nor particularly special but it is the best that the show has been in recent years. Although if you recall 'The Sinner & The Sandman' you'll know that that's not a particularly high bar to vault.

Rob Smedley, Cult Box, 28th December 2016

Kicking off with a gloriously lurid tribute to the heyday of Hammer horror, the latest mystery for Alan Davies's mooching sleuth sees him drawn to the seemingly cursed country seat of Daemons' Roost to reconnect with a previous client. Along with wife Polly (Sarah Alexander), he inevitably digs up much more than he bargained for. Warwick Davis provides enthusiastic comic support as an illusion-loving vicar, while Creek's much-missed duffle coat makes a cameo.

Graeme Virtue, The Guardian, 28th December 2016

After two year's away, Jonathan Creek is back with a 90-minute special, reuniting Alan Davies with Sarah Alexander.

According to legend, a 19th century sorcerer named Jacob Surtees would summon the powers of Hell to terrorise and subjugate his victims at his home, Daemons' Roost. Contemporaneous accounts describe his impossible feats of telekinesis, which have remained unexplained to this day.

One hundred and fifty years after his death, the house is occupied by another, equally macabre, figure: veteran film director Nathan Clore (Ken Bones), whose output of horror movies in the 1970s generated its own brand of terror.

With his health failing, Clore has summoned home his stepdaughter Alison (Georgie Lord), to finally share with her the chilling truth of what happened to her family there when she was a child.

However, days before her arrival Clore suffers a debilitating stroke, rendering him paralysed and unable to communicate the truth Alison has hoped to learn.

Within the house the ghostly presence of Jacob Surtees can still be felt, as Alison and her husband Stephen (Emun Elliot) unearth clues to the mystery that become more challenging and opaque, the deeper they probe.

Stephen's own life has been marred by tragedy. When his first wife Imelda was found poisoned to death in a bizarre locked room case it was only through the deductive talents of Jonathan Creek (Alan Davies) that the puzzle was eventually solved.

Can Jonathan assist again? Or perhaps his wife Polly (Sarah Alexander), and her understandable aversion to hideous deaths, will persuade him to pass up the challenge - especially as there's already a psychopathic killer on her husband's trail, with a score to settle.

Elliot Gonzalez, I Talk Telly, 27th December 2016