Jonathan Creek

The Problem at Gallows Gate, Part One

Season 2, Ep 4, Aired 2/14/98
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  • Episode Description
  • A young woman is strangled in the woods. A witness claims the murderer is the murdered woman's ex-boyfriend, but he committed suicide three weeks before.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Clarke Peters

    Hewie Harper

  • Alan Davies

    Jonathan Creek

  • Caroline Quentin

    Maddy Magellan

  • Jennifer Piercey


  • Jessica Lloyd

    Clare Sallinger

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • This is the ultimate Jonathan Creek episode, the definitive episode.

    By jbeauchamp17, May 01, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Maddy: Your what? Jonathan: My badger watch. Maddy: Is that like a Mickey Mouse watch? Jonathan: My local natural history group. Couple of times a year after dark we put some food down, then we all go and sit in a hide and wait for the badgers to come out and feed. Maddy: Why? Jonathan: They’re very fascinating creatures. You should come along sometime. Check it out. Jonathan: So it’s like… country stuff? Jonathan: Right. country stuff. And on the other hand it does involve a lot of patience and the need to stay silent for a very long time, so it's probably not your scene. Maddy: Meaning what? Jonathan: Sorry? Maddy: Meaning because I'm an intolerant gasbag who can’t keep her trap shut for more than five seconds at a time? [ long pause ] No is the word you’re struggling for!

    • (Maddy is about to break into the house where Kitty has seen a strangulation.) Jonathan: I think we're jumping to a lot of conclusions. He might have been performing strangulation as an act of love to heighten her state of arousal. Some people are into all that stuff – restricted breathing and sex between consenting asthmatics. It's a well known fact. Maddy: Will you quit gibbering? Where's your civic responsibility? Every second could be vital. (Jonathan walks off in a huff.) Kitty: What did he mean by that? To heighten her state of arousal? Maddy: Ignore him, he's being sick. Kitty: Oh, not on the lupins!

    • Jonathan: What have you brought a camera for? You can put that away for a start. Maddy: Why? Jonathan: Because it's too dark Maddy: It's got a flash. Jonathan: A flash! Oh the badgers are gonna love that aren't they? What are they supposed to think – it's a very large glow-worm?

    • Hewie Harper: We have a table booked at the Bombay Brasserie for 11.00 Kitty: Oh, it's not Chinese food is it? If it is you'll have to count me out I'm afraid. Adam: Well it's kind of Chinese. Maddy: What do you mean? It’s nothing like Chinese. Indian food, Kitty. You like a curry, don't you? Kitty: Curries I'm fine with. It’s all that Ho Chow Mein stuff. Always gives me the burps.

    • Kitty [ proffering a thermometer to Petra ]: Pop this under your tongue. It's rectal, but it's clean.

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    Notes (2)

    • The on-screen title of this episode is "The Problem at Gallows Gate", with no indication that this is the frst of a two-part story.

    • We discover that Adam Klaus's real name is Chester, courtesy of his very un-American, very Scottish sister, Kitty.

    Allusions (2)

    • Maddy: Oh great. Z Cars have made it. A reference to the British TV series, which ran for 667 episodes from 1962 to 1978. It was one of the first police dramas to represent a more realistic view of police work and one of the very last series to be regularly screened live (till as late as 1965). The 'Z' came from the fact that most of the cars in the series were Ford Zephyrs or Ford Zodiacs and the popular theme tune was based on Johnny Todd, a traditional folk song, arranged by Fritz Spiegel.

    • Jonathan: Basically it’s an inversion of Pepper's Ghost. Pepper's Ghost is an illusion using mirrors, which can make objects seem to appear or disappear, or make one object morph into another. Possibly the most famous version of this trick is seen in the Walt Disney 'Haunted Mansion' attractions. John Henry Pepper's name is permanently tied to the effect, though it was actually invented originally by Henry Dircks, as the Dircksian Phantasmagoria. Pepper merely adapted the trick to make it workable in theatres.

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