Jonathan Creek

Danse Macabre

Season 2, Ep 1, Aired 1/24/98
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  • Episode Description
  • A best-selling horror writer is shot in the heart in her daughter's home on Hallowe'en. The killer, dressed in a skeleton costume, has disappeared. With Jonathan occupied elsewhere, Maddy tries to solve the mystery.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Peter Davison

    Stephen Claithorne

  • Alan Davies

    Jonathan Creek

  • Caroline Quentin

    Maddy Magellan

  • Pippa Haywood

    Lorna Claithorne

  • Meg Davies

    Emma Lazarus

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Jonathan [ to Adam ]: Whatever time did we get back last night? Last thing I remember we were in that nightclub watching a girl singing selections from Verdi's Nabucco while two men from the audience removed her G-string with their teeth. Thought you were never going to shake the old slapper off the way she was all over you like a rash the rest of the ni... (The sound of a woman's voice singing Va, pensiero badly emanates from the bathroom.)

    • Jonathan [ on the 'phone to Maddy ]: Do me a favour. I grew out of vanishing skeletons before I was into long trousers. If you're going to kill someone on Hallowe'en, you'd think they'd come up with something more original than that. He's probably not even a real vicar; he's probably wearing rubber underwear. Whatever you do, if he asks you to pray, don't kneel in front of him with your eyes closed. Maddy [ in the kitchen with Rev. Claythorne ]: Right. Several intriguing features. I thought so.

    • Maddy [ to Rev. Claythorne ]: While I'm in the shower, if you fancy a nibble… Be my guest. (Claythorne looks suitably shocked.)

    Notes (4)

    • The garage that forms an integral part of the story was built specially for the episode from Cotswold stone and then demolished once filming was complete.

    • The distorted voice heard when the skeleton is on the landing with the body over its shoulder is actually that of the writer, David Renwick, himself.

    • Stuart Milligan takes over the role of Adam Klaus. Anthony Head was forced to step out when 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' was green-lighted for a full-length second season.

    • The title of this episode is also the name of the show's Theme Tune

    Trivia (1)

    • *Spoiler Warning* At the end of the episode when we see Emma Lazarus's stalker with a box, which we know contains her head, he's sitting on a plane back to America and is told to put the box in the overhead compartment. Even given this was before the major security enhancements, all hand luggage was still x-rayed. It would take a particularly terrible security officer not to spot a severed head in a box!

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