Jonathan Creek - Series 5

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Jonathan Creek may have left his windmill and the world of professional magic behind, but as he settles down for what ought to be a quiet married life, there are still plenty of bizarre mysteries to tax his unique deductive powers. In the first of three new episodes, as he and his beautiful wife Polly leave the city to move into her deceased parentsâ sprawling old house in the country, the dust has barely settled when Creek is called upon to investigate a brutal and baffling murder attempt in a West End London theatre. The leading actress in a spooky Gothic musical has been found stabbed, unconscious, and left for dead in an empty dressing room from which no assailant could possibly have escaped. But just as challenging are a number of other ghostly events that begin to occur in the village where Creek and Polly have now made their home ... and which in the weeks to come will provide yet more classic puzzles for the lateral-thinking detective to unravel.

Starring:
Alan Davies
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Starring Alan Davies
Director David Renwick
Genres Drama
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN
Rental release 17 March 2014
Main languages English

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Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ceri Dix on 2 May 2014
Format: DVD
Series 1-3 were incredible must see television, to the point where I can't go a month without watching at least 2 or 3 episodes from these series. Caroline Quentin and Alan Davies were a match made in heaven, the storylines teemed with mystery, comedy and drama.

Quentin left and Julia Sawalha came in and started brightly with the special, Satans Chimney. This was a good episode, and Carla (Sawalha) and Jonathan had a bit of chemistry. Series 4 continued with Carla by Jonathan's side, and was very hit and miss. Adrian Edmondson was an excellent addition, and some of the stories very good, however the overall feel of the series had changed and had lost some of its magic.

JC took a well deserved rest from our screens for a few years, when it was announced there would be an Easter special, the grinning man. I was worried going into this episode, but I need not have been as it was a cracker. Sheridan Smith was added as Joey Ross, JC new sidekick. The storyline was arguably the best of them all, the mystery the most intriguing, with lots of juicy red herrings along the way. I am not sure even Quentin could have improved this episode.

Then the next special the Judas tree came out. This episode was not as good as the grinning man, but was still very good.

The Savants thumb was the next special, and in truth was quite poor. JC has grown up, sold out and is now living a very mundane life, being hen pecked by Polly (Sarah Alexander), whilst holding down a boring office job. This special laid the track for the forthcoming series, it did though retain the essence of JC by giving him some mysteries to solve.

Finally we have series 5, it is terrible. No mystery, no comedy, no master villain, no soul.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Alun Healing on 13 May 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is the worst of a deteriorating series. I certainly will not add to my collection.
Ever since they married him off and put him into business management the series has dramatically worsened.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robin on 3 May 2014
Format: DVD
Perhaps the most perplexing mystery in this series, is why one of the episodes, tells you all the solutions to the puzzle at the beginning of the episode! It's about as suspenseful as a wet rag. It seems like everyone here is just going through the motions without any fun or passion. The cast and the writers are better than this and maybe they should move on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Perkins on 21 July 2014
Format: DVD
When it was announced that Johnathan Creek was returning for a new series, I had mixed feelings. It comes from the fact that the previous ‘special’ episode, The Clue of the Savant’s Thumb, had been the poorest entry into the shows history. It was everything the show should not be, a complete inversion of its nature. Even so, the fond memories I have for the original series persuaded me to give the show another try, just in case the last episode had been a one-off dud. My hope was that this new series of adventures would point the character and show back to its original direction. Does it? The short answer is no. The long answer is no, no, no, no, no, no, NO! This series cements the fact that the show has been twisted at its very core, and what’s worse, it tries to make this out as a good thing!

Series five is a big disappointment. It may have some charms and highlights, but the show has become a disaster. The Johnathan Creek I admired has gone. In this fifth series, he has become a lifeless shell, a lobotomised shadow of his former self. Gone is the windmill, the interest in magic acts and the classic duffle coat. Instead, this Johnathan-imposter is a married man, living in the city and working as a high powered businessman who wears a suit. Yes, that is right. Johnathan is seen many times in a suit and tie. It is the very definition of unnatural! What is worse is that the show tries to make this ‘grown-up’ version of Johnathan look like a good thing. Well I tell you what, Mr Renwick (The normally wonderful writer of the series) it is not! There is a feeling that perhaps he wanted to write another series, but couldn’t be bothered and just mashed the idea up with Johnathan Creek.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Roberts on 28 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
As a little boy, I was simultaneously enchanted and terrified by Jonathan Creek, which featured spooky storylines about impossible crimes that genuinely seemed to be unfathomable. I distinctly remember feeling butterflies in my stomach whenever the answer was revealed. I think we all fell in love with this awkward magician's assistant (Alan Davies) clad in duffel coat with a hilarious larger-than-life sidekick (Caroline Quentin). I've followed him since, always enjoying Mr. Creek's endeavors right up to The Clue of the Savant's Thumb last year. When Series 5 was announced I was absolutely ecstatic, but I was soon to be completely smacked in the face...

In an almost blasphemous change of format, the first episode reveals the mystery's solution within the first ten minutes, completely obliterating the entire point of watching the rest, which merely consisted of weak mini-mysteries and a huge long-running 'gag' about pointing fun at 'Sherlock'. While I've never disliked Maddy, Carla or Joey (Creek's previous sidekicks), Polly Creek (Sarah Alexander) just has the completely wrong attitude for Creek's adventures and serves more as a killjoy whenever Jonathan feels like getting back to his roots. The worst thing about this episode is that if the format was as is normal, it might actually have been a really fantastic episode, but it seems they were too busy poking fun at other programs to realise that they were actually making a terrible episode themselves.

The second episode was slightly better, but extremely weak on the mystery front, which focused on lots of little mysteries happening in the middle of the village where Jonathan and Polly now live. By the end of the episode, I really couldn't care less what the solution to the main mystery was, and I found myself voicing 'Meh!
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