Jonathan Creek back on our screens

creekWell, 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.

Polly Creek (SARAH ALEXANDER), Jonathan Creek (ALAN DAVIES) - (C) BBC - Photographer: John Rogers

Polly Creek (SARAH ALEXANDER), Jonathan Creek (ALAN DAVIES) – (C) BBC – Photographer: John Rogers

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!

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22 Responses to Jonathan Creek back on our screens

  1. Colin says:

    Firstly, Happy Birthday! I hope you enjoy a marvelous day and do at least a few things you enjoy.

    As for the TV show, I haven’t caught up with it for years now, but those early series were a lot of fun – it was a blast to see JDC influenced material like that doing so well. The last series is a complete unknown to me but sounds, from what you write here, as though it moved quite a bit from the macabre and/or eccentric plotting that characterized the show. Still and all, that synopsis looks like it might be heading in the right direction again.

  2. realthog says:

    Happy birthday! And may you have many of them.

  3. tracybham says:

    Happy Birthday, Sergio. My husband celebrated his birthday last Saturday; a wonderful time of year to have a birthday. I hope you are having fun. I also hope this new 90-minute special will be all that you are want it to be. I only saw a few of the earlier shows, but quite enjoyed them.

  4. Margot Kinberg says:

    Happy Birthday, Sergio! Hope you had a wonderful day, and many, many more!

  5. TomCat says:

    Happy Birthday, Sergio! Here’s to many more!

    Yes, the last three episodes were far from successful, but hopefully, this one will try to reach the heights of The Black Canary. And it better have a solid locked room problem!

  6. Mike says:

    Happy birthday matey! Mrs M has been informed of Mr Creek’s return – not the same since Sheridan Smith left 😮

  7. JJ says:

    1) Happy birthday, Sergio — hope there’s cake. And sunshine.

    2) I reeeeally want to be excited about this Creek, but I’m just…recently bitten. Several times. The last six episodes (from ‘The Grinning Man’ on) have all made me wonder if the concept has run its course. I mean, it hasn’t, obviously, but while I admire Renwick’s desire to write them all himself I also remember the “3D pornography” subplot and the one that completely destroyed the point of JC by showing you how the murder was done and turning it into an inverted Sherlock mickey-take.

    I hope, I really do hope, that this is a return to form, but on current form I feel like I’m grasping at straws to convince myself it is going to happen. Aaaah, well, time will tell.

  8. Patti Abbott says:

    Happy Birthday! I watched this show when we lived in England 20myears ago. Always enjoyed it!

  9. I’m late to your party, Sergio, but here’s wishing a fellow Libran a very “Happy Birthday” and the best of everything in coming years and decades.

  10. Steve says:

    Watching Jonathan Creek from the very beginning Sergio and I am loving them. Maybe one day you could post your favourite and not so favourite episodes, I would definitely be interested in seeing which episodes you would choose.

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