Jonathan Creek

Season 3 Episode 6

The Three Gamblers

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 02, 2000 on BBC
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Episode Summary

The Three Gamblers
A drug dealer is shot and left for dead in the cellar of an isolated farmhouse. Three months later, the body is found, having apparently climbed to the top of the cellar stairs. Maddy and Jonathan visit the farmhouse to investigate.

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  • A great example of how superb and clever Jonathan Creek is!

    The first time i saw this episode i was quite young, and i used to love watching murder mystery programmes. This one however scared me a little and i have only just been able to watch it again :)

    It follows detective Jonathan Creek and his attempts to solve mysterys, with the aid of his friend Maddie. In this episode, he is brought in to discover why a man who has been shot numerous times, and did not have a pulse, was able to climb up a flight of stairs and try to get out of the cellar.

    The end result is very clever, and something that i did not see coming. However i still can't watch this series without being scared of the sight of the man at the top of the stairs :)moreless
  • An indestructible villain, drugs, and a bizarre old farmhouse. Not the best of the series, but one with a more dangerous edge.

    Three people meet up for a drug deal. One of them, Geiger, is an incredibly nasty piece of work with a whole mythology about him. When he gets violent, one of the co-conspiritors bashes him over the head with an iron bar. Minutes later, Geiger is back on his feet, and is then shot six times in the head and locked in an old cellar, the door being not only locked, but barred with a heavy sideboard.

    Months later, his body is found, and he has apparently crawled up the stairs to try to escape. Is his spirit really invincible or is something else going on?

    Enter JC and Maddy - and the real truth becomes all too obvious.

    It's a little contrived to say the least, but is one of the few episodes to have the main protagonists in actual danger - in this case Maddy with a gun held to her head. It almost feels like it doesn't belong, because the comedy is suddenly gone. The man playing the killer is hilarious though - very vicious and with not an ounce of redeeming features.

    The ending is good - and a bit sad. An unusual episode, but pretty good overall.moreless
John Bird

John Bird

D.I. Nathan Gallo

Guest Star

Harry Peacock

Harry Peacock

Floyd Goodman

Guest Star

Clifford Barry

Clifford Barry

Joe Wheeler

Guest Star

Stuart Milligan

Stuart Milligan

Adam Klaus

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • My Friend The Witch Doctor: Both Jonathan and Maddy are arguing over the correct chorus to the song. He insists it is:
      Ooo eee, ooo ah ah bing bang
      Walla walla, bing bang

      Whilst she professes it to be:
      Ooo eee, ooo ah ah
      ding dang walla walla don lang

      Both are actually wrong. The correct chorus is:
      Ooo eee, ooo ah ah ting tang
      Walla walla, bing bang

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Maddy has apparently fainted at the sight of a magician chopping his fingers off.)
      Jonathan: Help me get her on her back.
      Magician: No, that's the worst thing you can do. She could've broken her neck. You could paralyse her for life.
      Lizzie Gillespie: She's probably just fainted.
      Adam Klaus: She's not exactly underweight. I tell you this is classic cardio-vascular stuff. Her face has gone blue.
      Jonathan: What, under the blue lights you mean? I'm gonna turn her over.
      Magician: Brilliant. So now she's a cabbage.
      Jonathan [ as Adam starts to massage Maddy's chest ]: You know how to do this?
      Adam: Just a question of firm rhythmical pressure on the breastbone.
      Lizzie Gillespie: No you don't press it there, you press it here with both hands.
      Maddy [ getting up, having obviously faked the faint ]: Oh yes, yes. All right. Thank you. I think we've established the canteloupe's nice and fresh. Wouldn't last five minutes with you lot faffing around me. You useless articles.
      Magician: Oh great, so you were just…
      Maddy: Trying to scare the shit out of everyone. Yeah. Hysterical wasn't it?

    • The book in Jonathan's hand when he is practising card magic tricks appears and disappears several times from frame to frame.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Jonathan Ross: In case you're wondering ladies & gentlemen, you're watching George and Mildred on UK Gold.
      Ross is referring to the TV series, George & Mildred, which was itself a spin-off from Man about the House. (In the US, they had The Ropers, a spin-off of Three's Company, based on the same ideas). The show starred Brian Murphy (who can be seen in Jonathan Creek as the detective in Mother Redcap) as George and Yootha Joyce as Mildred.

    • Jonathan: Moist? We're driving here through the Great Grimpen Mire!
      Jonathan is referring to the famous mire from The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Though fictional, there has been much speculation about which of the Dartmoor mires Doyle was writing. Many believe it is the Fox mire, as other landmarks in the story can be found nearby.

    • Jonathan: At no point in history did Charlie Drake sing "My Friend The Witch Doctor".
      Maddy: He goes to see the witch doctor because his boomerang won't come back.
      Jonathan: That was "My Boomerang Won't Come Back". It's a completely different song. There isn't even a witch doctor in it!
      Charlie Drake is a British comedian and actor, famous for his slapstick routines and his catchphrase "Hello, my darlings!" He starred in several TV series and a number of films, none of which was terribly successful. His most memorable role was in the TV series, The Worker. He did record a number of songs, mostly novelty items, including My Boomerang Won't Come Back – although as Jonathan notes, he never did record the Witch Doctor song.

    • Jonathan: You wouldn't be sitting on Dennis Compton there would you?
      Denis Compton (1918 – 1997) was a famous English footballer and cricketer. He played for Arsenal until his knee problems made it impossible for him to continue. As a cricketer, he was a leading England batsman and was at the top of his profession for almost three decades. He is, along with is brother, Leslie, the only individual to be a member of both the champion county cricket side (Middlesex) and cup-winning football club (Arsenal) in the same year – 1950.

    • Cards as Weapons by Ricky Jay.
      The present Maddy gives Jonathan for his birthday. Ricky Jay is a famous magician and card thrower and the techniques in his book do work, so Jonathan's use of a playing card at an important point in the story is not actually as far-fetched as it might seem. The book was written in 1977 and has been out of print since its last reprint in 1988. Jay is in the Guinness Book of Records for throwing a playing card one-hundred-and-ninety feet at ninety miles an hour. His off-Broadway show Ricky Jay and his 52 Assistants was directed by David Mamet, and he has appeared in several films.