Well, today’s my birthday and so I wanted to share some good news: the BBC have announced that Alan Davies will be back to investigate an improbable crime in a new 90-minute special of Jonathan Creek, one of my favourite TV detective shows. Entitled Daemons’ Roost, the episode is as always written by the show’s creator, David Renwick. The most recent series tried for a different approach seeing Creek married off and investigating smaller, more domestic, less complex cases, which did not always meet the approval of longtime fans of the show. What will the next one be like though? Well, Sarah Alexander is back as Polly, Jonathan’s wife, but the setting sounds decidedly spooky. Read on for the official synopsis:
According to legend, a 19th century sorcerer named Jacob Surtees would summon the powers of Hell to terrorise and subjugate his victims at his home, Daemons’ Roost.
A hundred and fifty years after his death the house is occupied by another, equally macabre, figure: veteran horror film director Nathan Clore. With his health now failing he has summoned home his stepdaughter Alison, to share with her the chilling truth of what happened to her family there.
However, just days before her arrival Nathan Clore has suffered a debilitating stroke, rendering him terribly paralysed and unable to communicate the very truth that she has come to learn.
After assisting Alison’s husband in the past, Jonathan Creek is called upon to help again but as the story unfolds, with ever more sinister twists and turns, the gruesome rituals that were once enacted in the dungeon of Daemons’ Roost are frighteningly revived with horrifying consequences.
Directed by Sandy Johnson, a veteran who also helmed some of my favorite Creek and Morse episodes in the past, the cast includes Warwick Davis, Jason Barnett, Ken Bones, Emun Elliott, Rosalind March and Jo Martin.
I think the last season of Creek, which tried (admittedly with mixed results) to change the formula for something less puzzle-driven and more down-to-earth, was a noble attempt on Renwick’s behalf to pep up a formula he has been playing with for nearly 20 years. But admittedly I would quite like to see him try something that combines the low-key marital scenes with a more spectacular crime plot – here’s hoping!