Jonathan Creek

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




  • Season 5 Episode 3: Gorgons Wood

  • *Spoiler Warning*
    Towards the end of the episode, Jonathan and Carla discover that the tree in the woods now has four holes in it that were not there previously. The holes are made by a garden fork being pushed through the torso of one of the characters as it turns out, yet there is no evidence of any blood of any kind, either embedded in the holes (as there would surely be) or anywhere in the vicinity. Considering the method of murder, the fact that the victim was attached to the tree for some time, and the subsequent hiding of the body, blood would be everywhere.

  • Season 5 Episode 2: The Chequered Box

  • The timeline is definitely off in this episode. Carla is invited to dinner by Fell and arrives as the sun is definitely going down. In the next scene we see Jonathan, Adam and the reporter in the park where Adam is being 'crucified'. It is obviously no later than mid afternoon. Jonathan is warned what the reporter has seen and rings Carla at Fell's. By now it is lateish night and they have just finished dinner.

  • Season 5 Episode 1: The Seer of the Sands

  • Geraldine Vaccaro turns up at the site of the boat accident, and then at Justin's house, after 'the news comes through' about his death. Yet she was his secret lover; neither Mickey nor Ashley knew who she was, so couldn't have contacted her. Even if it had been reported on the news in the US, which is highly unlikely, she wouldn't know the exact spot he died. And since she sent the fax through saying 'talk to you tonight' wouldn't she think it strange immediately that she didn't get through with her good news?

  • Mickey brings in a huge pan/cauldron of freshly-cooked pasta and pours it into a bowl, then takes it out again. At no point is he using any oven gloves. Given it's a proper pasta cooker, even allowing for the draining off of the food, it would still have been too hot to transport with bare hands.

  • A major plot point is that Geraldine and Justin had a secret word that they had arranged to tell to each other, should they be able to communicate after either of their deaths to know that the communication was real. Geraldine is given the opportunity to ask five questions to Justin by the gypsy woman who is supposedly in contact with him. Why wasn't her first (or any) question on their first meeting "what is our secret word"?

  • Season 4 Episode 3: The Tailor's Dummy

  • *Spoiler Ending Warning*
    There is a big flaw in the murder set-up. It is initially believed that Marco Bergman jumped to his death as a suicide having read the scathing review of his latest collection. Yet he was blind, as we only find out towards the end. So why did his daughter leave the newspaper to suggest he'd been reading it, as her brother, who was not involved with the set-up, would realise he couldn't have possibly read it. Even if she did it to throw suspicion off herself, he would have found it odd. This also makes it unbelievable that the brother turns up later accusing Donna Henry of having caused Bergman's death, waving the review he knew his father couldn't possibly have seen anyway!

  • *Spoiler Warning*
    Louise takes one syringe of insulin from Carrie which both makes Carrie panic and run out to the balcony, from which she appears to be about to jump, and Jonathan suggest this could make her lapse into a diabetic coma (which it very possibly could). Yet anyone relying on regular injections of insulin would always carry a complete supply with them for precisely this reason, especially given she was away from home and was shown earlier taking a syringe out of a large first aid kit from her bag, which she still has with her. Carrie's reaction is way over the top, especially as she has her 'phone with her, while her brother is in the house and would have heard her screams.

  • Season 4 Episode 2: Angel Hair

  • *Spoiler Warning*
    This is supposed to be a slightly 'softer' crime – no locked doors or dead bodies – and the culprit actually asks "Did I commit a crime? Well, I suppose it wasn't a very nice thing to do." Erm… No, it wasn't very nice and yes, you did commit several crimes: conspiracy, kidnapping, assault… It seems unlikely that the girlfriend, even with a warning, wouldn't have gone to the police given what she went through, especially since it happened right outside Houseman's gate! Yet nobody is actually charged with anything!

  • Season 4 Episode 1: The Coonskin Cap

  • During the very first scene - the reenactment by Eyes and Ears of the discovery of the first body - when the cars stop it is revealed that the victim was tied to the back of the nurse's car on rather a long rope. Yet during the car chase that precedes the discovery, despite some good camera angles, there are two places (as the nurse turns her car violently left and then as the car hits the grass verge and comes to a halt) where you can clearly see there is nothing attached to the back of the car at all.

  • When Heather is getting ready in the locker room and talking to Parnevik, she puts on her jumper and her shirt collar is underneath. Yet in the reverses, her collar is outside the jumper. This goes on for the entire scene, with the collar moving from inside to outside depending on the camera angle.

  • During the scene near the beginning, where Adam and Velda are having a meal and Jonathan has interrupted them, Velda is seen to top up her champagne glass, then continue to devour her meal. In the conversation that follows, she takes a couple of big gulps of champagne and her glass is clearly seen to be half full. Then a second later during the same conversation, the glass is suddenly completely full again, and moments later it is almost completely empty, with just a drop of bubbly remaining and a great big lipstick stain on it that wasn't there previously.

  • Two things don't make sense in the gymnasium scene. Heather is warned to get back against the wall to avoid the killer getting behind her. Yet her body is discovered in the middle of the gym. Also, the inspector calls for a key, which someone has to go and fetch. Why, since they are armed officers, wouldn't one of them at least just shoot out the lock, given their colleague is apparently being strangled?

  • *Spoiler Warning*
    Heather Davey's killer has gone to supposedly great lengths to set her murder up so that it will be thought of as part of the series of 'Daisy Chain' murders. The jacket has been rigged, he can be first on the scene. Why on earth, then, would he arrange for the 'murder' to take place inside a locked gymnasium? Why not set off the booby trap in the hallway? She's on her own. Nobody would have seen what actually happened, and it would have been a lot more likely that the murderer might have escaped unnoticed. Instead, he arranges it in a locked room, with an impossible escape for the supposed killer that just draws attention to the whole thing. Poetic licence maybe, but it makes no real sense. Two other things that are very dubious: this is a large gymnasium in a modern college. Fire regulations would surely have made it impossible to build this without at least one other exit (having another exit would again have given the killer a possible escape and made setting it in the gym feasible). The second is that is the killer himself who draws attention to the flecks of blood on the jacket she'd been wearing and tells them it wasn't hers! He's talking to a reporter and a magician's aide - he wouldn't have to repeat it, and he'd be far less likely to be caught!

  • Jonathan mentions they are having trouble with getting a surrealist painting for the show. Having had the Magritte rejected, he gives two other choices, one by Salvador Dali or The Scream by Edvard Munch. If they were looking for a surrealist painting, they would not have chosen Munch, since he was an Impressionist painter, not a Surrealist.

  • *Spoiler warning*
    The WPC is supposed to have been killed by the serial killer, who strangles their victims. However, any suspicious or violent death is required to be reported to the coroner, who would carry out a post mortem examination and would have easily discovered that the little red mark on her neck was not a sign of strangulation – and presumably that her ribs had in some way been crushed or bruised by the pressure of the jacket. The plot relies on this being one of a series of murders, but it would have been obviously singled out.

  • Season 3 Episode 6: The Three Gamblers

  • 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

  • Season 3 Episode 5: Miracle in Crooked Lane

  • *Spoiler Warning*
    The policeman says Feldman was shot in the right temple. Yet in the flashback scene that follows, his killer clearly shoots him three times, twice in his body, which is facing his killer and once when he's on the floor, with his right temple against the ground. It would be impossible for the shot to have hit his temple in the way described.

  • Season 3 Episode 4: Ghost's Forge

  • In the scene where Maddy is sprayed with red paint by the mistaken jealous wife, there is much more paint on her face and dressing gown when she closes the door in the second shot from inside than there is in the first shot just moments before from outside. Apparently both were shot at least a month apart, according to David Renwick - and though you can't really tell Caroline Quentin was pregnant in the first she had given birth by the time the second was shot!

  • Season 3 Episode 3: The Omega Man

  • Goof: There is a very obvious continuity error near the beginning of the episode. As Jonathan leaves Maddy's flat and sets off downstairs, he is wearing his duffel coat. A second later, as we see him walking downstairs from a different angle, his coat is slung over his shoulder.

  • Season 3 Episode 2: The Eyes of Tiresias

  • Goof: When Masson is discovered in his office, having been shot in the chest, there is much blood around, most of which is centred on a picture on the wall. Given the heights of the picture and the guy who has been shot, it would be impossible for the concentration of blood to be on the picture unless he'd been shot in the head and the bullet had been a through and through (as they say on CSI).

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