TV Sarah Alexander and Alan Davies in Jonathan Creek

Published on February 20th, 2014 | by Daren Thomas Curley


Jonathan Creek Returns: Preview & Trailer

It has been confirmed that the new series of Jonathan Creek starts on Friday 28th February at 9pm.

The BBC One drama, stars Alan Davies, whilst Sarah Alexander plays his wife Polly in three brand new episodes…

A curious additional member to the cast has a sly dig at the current trend for modern interpretations of Sherlock Holmes… David Renwick has created a precocious student who models himself on the character (complete with an over-sized coat) and believes he has similar powers of deduction to his hero. But to Jonathan’s annoyance, his conclusions are often extraordinarily long winded and a long way wide of the mark.

“David’s the world’s biggest Sherlock Holmes fan,” said Alan Davies. “But I think he prefers the traditional version and might roll his eyes slightly at the new interpretation. I don’t know what Benedict Cumberbatch will make of it – he’s a Hollywood superstar now, so I doubt he’ll care too much!”

The synopsis for the first two episodes have gone up…

EPISODE ONE:’The Letters Of Septimus Noone’

When a classic locked room novel is turned into a West End musical, one of its stars falls victim to a real-life ‘impossible crime’.

The Mystery of the Yellow Room, based on a 19th-century story by Gaston Leroux, is currently thrilling London theatre audiences with its enticing blend of music, romance and sizzling Gothic melodrama.

But events take a sinister turn one night when the show’s glamorous singing sensation Juno Pirelli is found horribly stabbed inside a locked dressing room, from which no assailant could possibly have escaped.

No weapon or any other evidence of an intruder can be found, nor any rational explanation for the victim’s wounds.

As the actress’s life hangs in the balance, her producer and colleagues remain baffled. And attention once again turns to the lateral-thinking Jonathan Creek for a solution to the whole grisly puzzle.

But can Creek – now a happily married man – even be persuaded to embark upon the investigation? As he and his wife Polly struggle to come to terms with a sudden personal tragedy, a series of dark and disturbing family secrets are about to emerge that will throw the couple’s whole world into turmoil…

EPISODE TWO: ‘The Sinner and the Sandman’

A retired local psychic inadvertently makes the most amazing and impossible prediction of his career.

As Creek and Polly strive to settle into rural life, they find their apparently serene country village is riddled with all manner of strange and disturbing undercurrents…

Trouble is already brewing in the nearby community centre – recently reopened after a major face-lift – where a sordid sex scandal is about to break, casting a pall of gloom over the celebrations.

And at the vicarage, the arrival of a new baby is overshadowed by tales of a “weird hump-backed beast”, that has been seen prowling in the garden by night and foraging through the rubbish bags for foodstuffs.

Even the Creek residence is struck by misfortune, as the prospect of a plague of deadly Japanese Knotweed threatens to trigger wide-scale panic throughout the village. And after a whole slew of other unfortunate events, there are fears that some strange parochial Apocalypse is about to dawn.

Jonathan Creek, meanwhile, finds himself paying a charitable call on the eccentric Mr Eric Ipswich – aka ‘The Amazing Astrodamus’ – an ancient and reclusive former psychic magician who will shortly bring the village to a standstill by pulling off the most baffling act of clairvoyance in history.

And what is behind the macabre recurring dream that continues to haunt Creek’s wife Polly… in which the kindly children’s nursery character The Sandman is transformed into a dark and chilling figure of evil?

Find out more and keep up with the latest episodes on Jonathan Creek’s BBC show page.

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Daren Thomas Curley is a budding writer and scribbler. His day job in television has been varied... Assistant Director on ‘EastEnders’, looking after roof-jumping free-runners on a French action movie 'Les Fils Du Vent' and impersonating Michael Kitchen on ‘Foyle’s War’. He has worked for several years in the script & story departments at the BBC’s continuing medical drama ‘Holby City'.

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