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Jonathan Creek - Series 1 and 2 Box Set [DVD] [1997]

Alan Davies    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Alan Davies
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Feb 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000BK6SF
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,232 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Jonathan Creek is a master of illusion. Deviser of magic, creator of miracles, Jonathan creates spectacular stage stunts from his home – a mysterious windmill in the heart of the country. His brilliant analytical mind penetrates the darkest corners and cracks the trickiest of puzzles. But no showman, he lurks backstage while his boss Adam Faust steps in the limelight. Then Jonathan meets unorthodox crime journalist Maddy Magellan, who soon discovers another use for his extraordinary talent – solving murder by magic. The hottest partnership since Mulder and Scully, Jonathan and Maddy investigate crimes which seem to have no rational explanation. He is a bit of a nerd but he also a bit of a quick-witted genius. Maddy Magellan is an investigative crime writer, and the pair join forces to solve seemingly impossible crimes. There’s a fair element of the Columbo in here – how did-they-do-it as opposed to whodunit – but with plenty of twists, so it’s never quite that simple…

Series 1:

'The Wrestler's Tomb'
A celebrated artist has been killed, with a beautiful model bound and gagged by his side. The police are baffled – so it is just as well that Jonathan Creek accidentally spears Maddy’s hand with a cocktail stick …

'Jack in the Box'
Veteran comedian Jack Holiday has committed suicide. But how did a man with crippling arthritis manage to hold a gun to his head? And how was Jonathan duped into another of Maddy’s "grisly murder investigations"?

'The Reconstituted Corpse'
A plastic surgeon is murdered. The police suspect Zola Zbzewski, his ex-lover who is publicizing her book on how he gave her the perfect body. But then Zola is found dead in baffling circumstances …

'No Trace of Tracey'
A teenage girl disappears at the mansion of ‘70s rock god Roy Pilgrim. In the bizarre world of former rock legends, Jonathan seems a lot happier than Maddy; but then she was always more of a Percy Sledge girl.

'The House of Monkeys'
Elliot Strange’s husband has been murdered – in a locked room with bars on the windows – and the chief suspect is a gorilla! Cue Jonathan and Maddy …

Series 2:

'Danse Macabre'
The Halloween murder of a best-selling writer could have come straight from her own chillers. Jonathan is busy with an opera-singing stripper and a bath, so has Maddy learned enough about the illusory arts to solve this case alone?

'Time Waits For Norman'
The husband of Maddy’s literary agent has been photographed eating in a local hamburger bar. Slightly odd for a vegetarian … very odd for a man who is adamant he was in America at the time …

'The Scented Room'
Jonathan knows how a million pound painting was stolen. But after a bad review from the painting’s owner, even a £50,000 reward and a begging Maddy can’t persuade the moody magic man to tell …

'The Problem at Gallows Gate, Part One'
When Jonathan’s badger watch becomes a murder watch the intrigue is only just beginning … the man seen strangling a young woman had plunged to his death just weeks earlier.

'The Problem at Gallows Gate, Part Two'
As Jonathan develops an unhealthy obsession with stockings and Maddy becomes infuriated with his s-less typewriter, they look as unlikely as the police to solve the killed-by-a-dead-man conundrum.

'Mother Redcap'
A high profile judge is killed despite his round-the-clock police protection. Could Maddy’s gothic "pub of death" investigation hold the vital key?

Customer Reviews

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jonathan Creek 3 Dec 2003
This programme was first aired five years ago, but it still hasn't lost it's appeal even if it has lost one of it's co-stars in Caroline Quentin. Thankfully this DVD features the episodes with the original, and best, pairing of Quentin and Alan Davies as the super sleuth and his journalistic partner. The two work great together and create some brilliant on-screen chemistry accumulating in a 'will they/won't they' type scenario. But the main attraction is the tense, exciting storylines that are always filled with twists and shocks. The overall suspense of the drama has kept viewers hooked for years as Jonathan Creek (davies) aims to try and work out a suspicious suicide or an impossible escape.
The formula and shape of the show works everytime, the writing, directing and of course acting is always top notch and this is one drama the BBC will keep running for several years to come (the new series is in the process of being completed at the moment.) The only thing wrong with this drama is that it isn't on long enough- usually only three episodes in a series- therefore it makes sense to buy this dvd and watch the episodes over again so you can see all the little things you missed in trying to work out who really did the crime.
The DVD also features some intresting extras, the main one being a documentary which lasts for just under half an hour and offers an insight into the world of the magician and how it came about.
Overall this is one of my all time favourite dramas and therefore a must-buy DVD.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Ben
Enter the magical world of Jonathan Creek: a quirky, off beat detective drama that has run for four series of BBC One. Here one four discs are the original, uncut series one and two, where to say the programmes were brilliant would be quite literally an understatement. David Renwich who wrote the acclaimed sitcom One Foot in the Grave has created a series that combines a unique brand of comedy with gritty drama with the most neat twists imaginable. With wonderful mysteries, such as how can a killer escape from a room that had been locked from the inside, how could a man defy the laws of time, how could a high courts judge be killed when under 24 hour protection? Questions that will be wonderfully and satisfactily resolved if you watch these DVD's, which are a great value for money. However the main attraction of the series are two main stars of the show. Alan Davies is perfect, charming and extremely funny, while his co-star, Maddy played by the superb Caroline Qunetin who starred in Men Behaving Badly plays his sidekick. Jonathan Creek is a part time crime solver but his actual job is creating 'magic' tricks and illusions for a stage magicina called Adam Klaus. Meanwhile Maddy Magelan is a snoopy journalist, unauthoradox, bossy and even quite nasty is a crime writer, who teams us with the superb Creek to solve mysteries that would have any other detective baffled. Jonathan Creek tops the drama tables and I think, I even prefer it to Inspector Morse, even though they are both rather different in style. Anyway both series are incredibly powerful, with the ability to astound and amaze. No matter what happens Jonathan Creek can always made you laugh with is very unusual and special in modern drama. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment for winter nights 26 Feb 2004
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This DVD box set is full of top quality popular entertainment which fully deserves the plaudits and following it has captured. The entertaining plots are driven forward by excellent performances from the leads, in particular Alan Davies is wonderfully understated in his first mainstream dramatic role showing range way beyond his previously known stand-up persona.
The first series is perhaps the most satisfying and complete of the 4 so far. This is partly due to the feature length opener that introduces the mainstays of the series in its characters, mystery plots and humour. The way it does this in a carefully paced, confident way which doesn’t rush the set up for the episode or indeed the next three series. The following episodes develop this theme with some detail being filled in about the characters, their respective love lives (such as they are) and their relationship. The obvious tension between the leads is nicely played out over the first 6 episodes with both skirting around the issues until the will-the-won’t they is nicely resolved (for this series at least) with an unfortunate episode with a heart monitor.
The strength of the puzzles in the first series is also worth mentioning. The standard is consistently high and they give substance to the show in its infancy before the characters themselves have developed as the main draws. Finally the humour of the show is pitch perfect drawing strongly on the main character’s traits as well as guess stars and unusual situations - for those who claim the series has become preposterous/gone down hill in later series the sounds of a genial ape using the toilet should remind them the show has always been keen to dwell on the unusual for its stories and humour.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
I watch these over and over, and still love them. The cast are great, and the acting is okay too, its just lovely and lighthearted.
Published 14 months ago by Susie
5.0 out of 5 stars Jonathan Creek.
The DVD set arrived very quickly. It was accurately described and good value for money. I have no hesitation in recommending this product.
Published 15 months ago by Ben Rumson
5.0 out of 5 stars Jonathan Creek Box set
I love this box set and thank goodness for it as we were snowed in for 10 days and it saved our sanity! It's brill and keeps you guessing.
Published on 4 Dec 2010 by Twisk
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic comedy drama: unmissable viewing...
Jonathan Creek is the best comedy drama ever to appear on television. It is immensely clever, using plots and intricate mysteries that are always resolved brilliantly. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2004 by "cake82003"
5.0 out of 5 stars alan davies heaven
For all fans of Jonathan creek this box set is a must have. It contains all the episodes for series one and two (except the christmas special with Rik Mayall) and the episodes are... Read more
Published on 6 July 2004 by Sapphie_diamond
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I have always loved Jonathin Creek and have been waiting for years for it to finally come out on DVD. Read more
Published on 5 May 2004 by C. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertainment
This dvd set conatins all the episodes from series 1 and 2 of JonathonCreek - 10 hours of puzzles, which I'd say is great value for money. Read more
Published on 24 April 2004 by Migratory
5.0 out of 5 stars Hercule Poirot for the TV generation
The strange thing about Jonathan Creek is that I never tire of watching these lovely little dramatic vignettes, long after the seeing the denouement of each baffling mystery in... Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2004 by Andy Millward
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine detective series
Having long been a fan of Jonathan Creek on TV I was pleased to see it finally get a DVD release.
For anyone who liked the TV show this does not disappoint. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2004 by R. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars hour upon hour of entertainment
This is well worth investing in. A box set of the first 11 episodes of what has got to be one of the best series of the last decade. Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2004 by "anleys"
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