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 parents’ 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
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DVD

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  • 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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22 of 22 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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8 of 8 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Alun Healing on 13 May 2014
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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 20 people found the following review helpful By Simon Exton on 11 April 2014
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Jonathan Creek was one of the real standout TV series when it first started- imaginative yet believable plots and a dynamic pair of leads. Sadly, this all changed when Caroline Quentin left. There have been an ongoing set of female sidekicks since then, which should have worked because every one of them has been played by excellent actresses, but the show has never recaptured the height of its early years. The latest incarnation sees Jonathan married and trying to settled down, but plagued by mysteries. It's become lacklustre and pedestrian. On the basis of this, I hope this is the last series because it's become a shadow of its former self and, frankly, reruns of "Rosemary and Thyme" are more entertaining because they don't pretend to be anything more than disposable nonsense.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Cosa Nostra on 17 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
Like most Jonathan Creek fans, I was delighted to hear that an entire fifth season (albet 3 episodes) had been commissioned for this year.

I was not, however, expecting the quality of the show to have nosedived so spectacularly in such a manner. It really beggars belief that such drivel could have been approved for a prime time slot on BBC televsion. It seems as if the episodes have not even been proof read or checked for quality. On the evidence of this series, it would sadly appear that Jonathan Creek has reached the end of the line, scraping the barrel - there are no ideas left anymore. The first episode is simply appalling, there isn't even a proper mystery as there had been for the previous 28 episodes. I don't know how to describe the first episode, it is fragmented, disorientating and nauseating to watch. The Second episode is more of the same, with Sarah Alexander an intensely irritating presence, subduing the henpecked Creek. The only reason I have given the item 2 stars is that the third episode is marginally better, but still presents a pitiful shadow of what this show used to be.

Gone is the windmill, the duffel coat, the genuine humour, all the quirks that made the show to charming and appealing. In its place, there is excessive and childish background music. Most of the time I felt as if I was watching a mystery series aimed at 10-14 year old children on CBBC, due to the child-like glittery musical backing.

On this evidence, Renwick and friends really have run completely out of ideas. Creek used to be one of the best shows on terrestrial televsion. No Creek fan will ever be able to forget the intelligent and baffling mysteries in episodes such as 'Danse Macabre', 'Jack in the Box'. 'Black Canary' or 'Satan's chimney'.
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21 of 24 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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