Jonathan Creek

Friday 9:00 PM on BBC Premiered May 10, 1997 Between Seasons



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While writing a piece about the death of a prominent artist, investigative journalist Madeline Magellan enlisted the help of Jonathan Creek, a man who makes a living inventing tricks for magician Adam Klaus, and who has a brilliantly lateral mind. The pair worked together to solve the case and struck up a friendship as they went on to solve a series of baffling murders. When Maddy became a successful writer, Creek enlisted the support of theatrical agent Carla Borrego as he carried on his freelance investigations. Carla got married to get Jonathan out of her system, but he soon crossed paths with paranormal investigator Joey Ross.

Alan Davies

Alan Davies

Jonathan Creek

Caroline Quentin

Caroline Quentin

Maddy Magellan [ 1997 - 2000 ]

Julia Sawalha

Julia Sawalha

Carla Borrego [ 2001 - 2004 ]

Sheridan Smith

Sheridan Smith

Joey Ross [ 2008 - 2013 ]

Sarah Alexander

Sarah Alexander

Polly Creek [ 2014 - ]

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  • When it comes to mysteries, this show had the right stuff.

    I stumbled onto this show a few years ago and have been hooked ever since. I love how Jonathan reluctantly goes into a case, and still ends of solving it without breaking a sweat. With a few exceptions of course. I miss it terribly. It was well written, and had good characters. I was always curious as to why Maddy left, but I have to admit that I liked the addition of Carla to the show. I would have liked to see Maddy come back, and for her and Carla to face off for Jonathan's affections. I'm probably alone in this desire though. All in All, I loved the show, and I wish they would bring it back.moreless
  • The best of British crime detection with a quirky twist - the wonderful Jonathan Creek himself and Alan Davies at his most eccentric! A good old fashioned murder mystery!

    The first three series of Jonathan Creek follows the story of Madeline Magellan who is an investigative journalist and who has a penchant for sticking her nose in where it isn't wanted! Of course she would say that this is what makes her such a great journalist! In the very first episode Maddy comes across Jonathan Creek whilst she is writing a piece about the death of a prominent artist (Hedley Shale).

    At the time, Jonathan is making his living in an ideal profession, designing illusions for an American, arrogant and clueless magician called Adam Klaus. It is Jonathan that has a brilliantly lateral mind and finds the answer to the even the most difficult of clues within hours! As can be seen in the episode No Trace of Tracy, he is at his most useful when he is playing logic games.

    Although Jonathan is quite a quiet man, he won’t let anyone take him for granted – particularly Maddy, which makes the chemistry between them interesting to say the least! He might not be the best looking but he is definitely cute and women find him extremely attractive – including Maddy – with whom he tries to form a relationship but it just doesn’t turn out as they had both hoped! His one failing perhaps is that he allows arrogant Adam to take the credit for his illusions! It is true he likes to take a back seat to limelight but thankfully Maddy does the right thing and mentions him in her work! Jonathan considers his work for Adam as being on the same par as a “bank commercial”! Actually this is quite ironic because Alan Davies made many commercials for television for a well-known Building Society!

    Deep down, Jonathan is a kind person who likes to see people smile when he makes his jokes; but he hates the inevitable public failing … that as soon as people know he “does magic tricks” they will expect to see him do one … like Maddy did on their first lunch date together!

    There is no doubt that Jonathan Creek is extremely charming and part of his charm is that he lives in a wonderful windmill, which is in the middle of nowhere (although near a railway station!) and is seen on a regular basis – including hilariously when a giant dummy revolves around it … and … even on one occasion when Jonathan walks across his bedroom completely starkers!

    Of course actress Caroline Quentin went on to different things … and all good things have to come to an end! But then up popped Carla, with whom he did start a relationship, but because of a misunderstanding … he hiccupped and Carla mis-heard what Jonathan said about her father … Carla went off and married someone else!!! Of course Carla realized the errors of her ways … but it is too late for them because Jonathan is too good natured and decent to have an affair with a married woman! Unlike Adam of course who would have anything if it had a pulse!

    It was a great shame when the series ended so suddenly. Alan Davies had done a brilliant job as JC. His transition from stand-up comedian to actor is outstanding! The best thing about the series is that everything worked well; it quickly became a very comfortable to watch every week. Personally I got withdrawal symptoms when it wasn’t on! Ridiculous really! But of course I like to be entertained … and Jonathan Creek was the best entertainment you could wish for!

    I think it is time it came back … don’t you??moreless
  • The show follows Jonathan Creek, specialising in conjuring magic tricks who using his skills to solve some of the most baffling cases unsolved by anyone else.

    In my opinion if there was a word to describe this show it would be genius. The storylines are fantastic, the characters are lovable and even though it may seem silly every now and then it is pulled off very well. The episodes will keep you interested from the opening moments to the solving of the crime which are cleverly thought up and well disguised to throw you off to think something completely different. If you want a show that will excite you but also make you think and question but also scare you slightly, this is definately the show for you. Absolutely amazing.moreless
  • An excellent and brilliantly cerebral show.

    The premise for this show is on the surface your standard murder mystery however the thing that sets it apart is the manner in which the crimes are commited. Essential the show is about Jonathan Creek a rather strange man who lives in a windmill and designs magic tricks for a living. From time to time he is called upon by an investigative journalist friend to help her investigate strange or impossible crimes using his lateral thinking mind.

    The show is fantastically writen with some very clever if overly elaborate plotlines. It is also superbly cast with Alan Davies as the title character.

    All in all this is a fantastic show and well worth a watch... just don't spend too long trying to figure out how it was done.moreless
  • "Bring that beat back to me" as Dave Matthews would say. This series is absolutely fabulous. It has it all a good crime comedy drama would need.

    "Bring that beat back to me" as Dave Matthews would say. This series is absolutely fabulous. It has all a good crime comedy / drama would need.

    Those things are: 1st - my personal favourite - it is smart! It actualy has a plot and you have to think while watching it. 2nd - I am totaly crazy about British accent. 3rd - great British humour - this show is classic, like 'Allo'Allo or Monty Python had. Also the main characters are colorful and funny. Actors are extremaly well casted. Alan Davies - do I need to say more?

    I really like British humour and their way of making movies or tv series. This is a fine example!moreless

More Info About This Show


Drama, Suspense


Crime, British TV