Jonathan Creek

Jack in the Box

Season 1, Ep 2, Aired 5/17/97
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  • Episode Description
  • Veteran comedy actor Jack Holiday is found dead in a nuclear bunker, shot through the head and with a gun by his side. Jack had crippling arthritis and wouldn't have been able to hold a gun, and the bunker was locked from the inside. Who shot him, and how did the killer escape?

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Bluthal

    Jack Holiday

  • Alan Davies

    Jonathan Creek

  • Colin Stinton

    Scott Reisner

  • Caroline Quentin

    Maddy Magellan

  • Bernard Kay


  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Possibly the finest of the 'locked door' mysteries. A clever plot and a very dark ending.

    By qstevie, Nov 06, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Jonathan: Do you know that is absolute crap that is if you actually try it. It is completely and totally impossible to slip on a banana skin. Seaweed no problem. Dog's mess. Piece of cake. You try skidding on a banana peel […] Maybe if I took a run at it. […] Here goes. (Jonathan runs up and goes flying) Maddy: Well done. You've proved your point about the dog's mess. One more go with the banana peel?

    • Maddy: Such was the media’s obsession with the murder of Jennifer Holiday, that Mr Rokesmith here was virtually tried, convicted and sentenced by the tabloid press, who as usual proved themselves to be as inaccurate as they are illiterate. Reporter: Can you spell that, please?

    • Maddy: I could have come in here and found you with your throat slit. Jonathan: Yeah. I think I saw one of those little sewing kits in the bathroom for just such an emergency.

    • Maddy: You know Jack Holiday shot himself last week. Jonathan: Yes. The only thing he’s done that made me laugh. Maddy: Oh great. The poor man’s dead! Jonathan: Well I don’t suppose that’ll stop him overacting.

    • Jonathan Creek: And Trevor? Madeline Magellan: Trevor and I were getting on each other's nerves in the end, so I did the mature thing and set fire to his underpants.

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    Trivia (2)

    • When Rokesmith's sister arrives at his cottage, we see her through the cottage window carrying her handbag and a large blue and gold coloured bag. Yet when she arrives in the cottage itself, she has only her handbag slung over her shoulder.

    • There are several things that don't make sense with the nuclear shelter: the toilet's plumbing hasn't been fixed yet, but there is a drain hole in the floor. The bunker is hermetically sealed in the middle of a cliff and lined all round with 50cm of concrete – where is the waste from an ordinary toilet supposed to go? And since when was building something that is supposed to withstand a nuclear blast inside a cliff face a good idea, since cliffs themselves are constantly eroding and wouldn't stand much chance faced with a few megatons? Then there's the door: armour-plated apparently and meant to cope with anything – yet police are able to get through it with a blowtorch.

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