Jonathan Creek: The Clue of the Savant's Thumb 2013

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It’s time to dust off the duffle coat as Alan Davies and Sheridan Smith return to star in a brand new Jonathan Creek mystery, involving secret societies, seeming supernatural events at a girls’ boarding school and the miraculous disappearance of a body in front of several witnesses. But as Creek and Joey soon discover, there is more to this case than a mere locked-room mystery – what is the link with the baffling red rings which appeared on the foreheads of convent schoolgirls in the 1960’s, and the horrifying, ghostly death of a student? And what could explain the repeated appearance of St Barnabas himself to the girls? Something supernatural is hiding in the old convent school grounds, but Creek has an inkling that not all is as it seems. Using his powers of deduction and lateral thinking, Creek races against time to uncover a number of intriguing clues which lead him to the unbelievable truth. Can he once again render the impossible, possible?

Starring:
Alan Davies, Sheridan Smith
Rental Formats:
DVD

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Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 29 minutes
Starring Alan Davies, Sheridan Smith, Michael Lumsden, Rik Mayall, Sarah Alexander
Director David Renwick
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN
Rental release 6 May 2013
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Anne, a selective viewer on 19 April 2013
Format: DVD
I know that I am merely rehashing what all the other reviewers have written, but after watching this I felt confused. There were many elements that gave it that Jonathan Creek atmosphere, except for Jonathan. What they have done to his character is absurd and nonsensical. That he, a quiet introvert genius, would leave his gorgeous and beloved windmill, his life's work, all his magic files and possessions, Victorian posters... his whole life; and suddenly marry a shallow bossy woman who turns him into a boring old corporate business man and makes him live in a ghastly ultra-modern box of a house. He even had to hide his trusty duffle coat in the back of the closet! It doesn't make sense at all and he looked rather miserable throughout the whole episode, like a fish out of water. Very strange and wrong.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By EKY on 7 April 2013
Format: DVD
Firstly I am a huge Creek fan and have been following the series since the beginning. I am also an avid follower of Alan Davies career, have been for the last 14 years. This episode was long awaited and it was with great excitement that I sat down to watch it. Unfortunately I was bitterly disappointed.

The positives - the cast are great. Alan Davies of course always manages to pull off a combination of puppy dog eyes, lateral thinking faces and humour without appearing smug or dislikeable. Sheridan Smith was highly entertaining, my favourite actor in this piece. It was great to see Rik Mayall back as good old Gideon Pryke. Nigel Planer also returns but, annoyingly, as a new character. I found this inconsistent as he was previously Sheldon in Series 1, episode 3 and thought it odd that Mayall was allowed to return as his original character but Planer was not. It was almost as if they expected viewers to not have seen the previous episodes. Joanna Lumley gives a great performance as someone haunted by her own conscious. Supporting cast were also strong. It was a shame not to see Stuart Milligan return as Klaus, so we can only hope he will feature again in future episodes.

However there were numerous things wrong with this episode in my opinion. Most importantly for me the aspects that made `Creek `special as both a character and a series are now diminished if not non-existent.

I had always admired Creek's eccentricities. The fact he was a loner always resonated with me and his living in a windmill added to a bit of mystical charm. But what do we find here? He's suddenly married living in some sort of suburban mansion with no plausible explanation as to why he's left his beloved windmill which had been in his family five generations.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Hello on 4 April 2013
Format: DVD
Okay, I love Jonathan Creek: it's fun, it always looks gorgeous, and its puzzles can be terrific. The more I see of special episodes, though, the more it seems like the formula needs to be kept within an hour, and this is one of the worse ones: over-complicated and ultimately unsatisfying.

To work, the puzzles need to meet certain criteria. We need to have all the information available for us to solve them, they need to have a completely physical explanation, and they need to involve lateral thinking. These puzzles depend on a number of things that don't really work with those. There's no way to talk about it without giving away some details, so skip this paragraph if you like, but ... the explanations very often feel thin. A vision is explained by the victim having been drugged: apart from the fact that this seems an implausible thing for nuns to do, placing the explanation in drugs is very close to 'then I woke up and found it was all a dream': it means the explanation rests in the witness's perceptions having been distorted instead of what they're supposed to be with a magic trick: accurate, but misdirected. It isn't as clever as you'd want from a Jonathan Creek episode. A lot of murder attempts are explained by unknown Special Forces people operating around the margins, trying to cover up something that we, the audience, were not told about: this is unfair, because it hides so much from us that we can't guess based on what we have, and it's also unsatisfying because so much of the explanation depends on the actions of characters who aren't really part of the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BeekoNZ on 11 May 2013
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Having been longtime fans of Jonathan Creek, we were mildly disappointed with this latest installment.
Without giving away the plot, I will only say that the writers have mucked around too much with the basic back story and, in doing so, have removed most of the quirkiness that made the show so appealing (to me, anyway).
The story starts off well enough and has you eagerly anticipating a classic mystery, but it soon descends into a very complicated, hard to follow riddle.
Still good viewing if you've nothing better to do, but certainly not classic Creek!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By John Howard on 7 April 2013
Format: DVD
If this had been a pilot there wouldn't have been a series ! Sorry, but the script let down good actors, good production values etc.

I just hope that David Renwick was having a bad day and that those around him were asleep and hence unable to "advise".

Sadly, this episode failed in so many ways: unbelievable character development; pointless ornamentation and a poor plot.

Certainly develop the characters, but don't lose their essence in doing so.... did anyone believe Creek's marriage and new career ? I doubt it. I don't think DR believed it either, because he had to have Creek explain it repeatedly !

Why was Gideon wheelchair bound ? Dubious comic effect ? To enable the absurd climax?

One plot wasn't good enough, so we had three this time. Convent mystery, vanishing corpse and government cover up conspiracy. The layering and mixing of these (really) seperate elements was no substitute for a single well crafted mystery.

As a Creek fan I'm so disappointed to have to criticise.
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