Jonathan Creek

The Problem at Gallows Gate, Part Two

Season 2, Ep 5, Aired 2/21/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Jonathan and Maddy continue to investigate the murder at Gallow's Gate, while coming under suspicion themselves.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Clarke Peters

    Hewie Harper

  • Jennifer Piercey

    Kitty

  • Stanley Townsend

    Det. Inspector Barrison

  • Jessica Lloyd

    Clare Sallinger

  • Stephen Billington

    Neville Bruce

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Maddy: Where do you keep your salt? Jonathan: You see that cupboard just above you? Top shelf, right at the back. There's a leaflet from the hospital explaining why it's bad for your arteries.

    • (Jonathan is handcuffed to a chair.) Jonathan: Look, I need to go to the toilet. (The WPC brings in a large policeman who escorts him out.) Jonathan: But? You're not going to give him the key? You're not serious! You know what, this is bordering on date rape. Before you touch anything I demand to see your fingernails!

    • (Maddy is struggling with Jonathan's typewriter, which has no 's') Maddy: Well, funnily enough Jonathan, I'm not trying to crack a cypher at this precise moment. I'm not actually cracking anything very much. I've got a murder here committed by a dead man in a house he couldn't have got out of, involving a girl "found horribly 'trangled with her 'hoe' and 'tocking' removed in the down'tair' cloakroom"!

    Trivia (1)

    • *Spoiler Warning* There is a major mistake in plotting in this storyline. As we discover, the suicide of Duncan Proctor was nothing of the sort. They explain away the ambulance coming as some friends doing a prank. But a whole house full of guests has just seen or known about a guy jumping to his death from a high balcony. Why was there no police report? The police would have had to be involved at some point in a suspicious death. It's even down to Maddy to discover that there was no hospital admission or anything of the sort, when the police are now involved in the murder of Felicity, and would presumably have access to that kind of information.

    Allusions (5)

    • Adam Klaus: It's like something from the nightmare world of M. R. James. M. R. James (1862 – 1936) was a writer, mediaeval scholar and provost of King's College Cambridge. His full name was Montague Rhodes James and he is best remembered for his range of Victorian ghost stories.

    • Maddy: What do you reckon? A bit Perry Mason? Maddy has just typed out the title to Chapter Four: The Case of the Inanimate Animator. Her reference is, of course, to the famous fictional lawyer-come-detective, the creation of Erle Stanley Gardner. Mason appeared in over 80 novels and short stories, each of which was entitled The Case of the…. A successful TV show starring Raymond Burr ran from 1957 to 1966.

    • Jonathan: Did you ever watch Quincy? Jonathan is referring to the TV show, Quincy M.E.", which ran from 1976 to 1983 and starred Jack Klugman. The forerunner to such shows as CSI, Quincy was the first coroner to go further and find out the whodunit of the crimes he was involved with, which was far and above his remit.

    • Jonathan: Yes thank you, Dr Van Helsing. Said as they are considering a grave now filled in and once open. The reference is to Bram Stoker's character, Abraham Van Helsing, a vampire hunter and Dutch anthropologist, from the book Dracula, who spent an inordinate amount of time in graveyards! The character is more recently known through the film Van Helsing, starring Hugh Jackman, though they changed the character's first name from Abraham to Gabriel for copyright reasons.

    • Jonathan: What am I, Josef K? This is a reference to the main character in The Trial by Franz Kafka. Josef awakes one morning and for reasons that are never specified is tried for an unnamed crime. Since Jonathan is at the time handcuffed to a chair, having done nothing wrong, it seems fitting.

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