Jonathan Creek - The Grinning Man 2009

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At midnnight on Midsummer's Day 1938, a famous Harvard geneticist, Eli Mencken, accepts a challenge to spend the night inside a gloomy old attic room... where the ghost of a madman is said to prey upon human flesh. Next morning, he has impossibly vanished from the hermetically sealed chamber. The only clue to his disappearance is traces of grisly ectoplasm on the bed. Seventy years on, the vast Gothic house known as Metropolis has passed into the hands of the original owner's daughter and her son, but the strange, unexplained events in "The Nightmare Room" continue... When two young women take shelter there one night from a raging thunderstorm, it is not long before the ominius "presence" has claimed another victim. Determined to get to the truth about what has happened to her friend, the fearlessly sceptical Joey Ross finds herself working alongside veteran lateral thinker Jonathan Creek, as together they embark on a complex, often dangerous, investigation into a mystery which only continues to deepen...

Starring:
Nicholas Boulton, Adam James
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 59 minutes
Starring Nicholas Boulton, Adam James, Jon Campling, Andrew Havill, Sally Plumb, Stuart Milligan, Sheridan Smith, Eloise Rakic-Platt, Alan Davies, Sarah Champion, Jenna Harrison, Naomi Bentley, Patrick Poletti
Director David Renwick
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO
Rental release 19 October 2009
Main languages English

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Beer on 6 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD
We are half way through this boxed set,trying only to use it when there is zero decent viewing available. However these are so enjoyable don't think it will be long before we have seen them all. We did watch when they were on tv but that was so long ago it doesn't spoil the plots. great value for money,good christmas gift ,for those who are sick of the over loud, bad language of some of todays offerings.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Regina Falangi on 13 July 2010
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Big Jonathan Creek fan and this didn't let me down. Very clever storyline (quite dark) although has some slightly stupid deviations with Adam Klaus, but makes it a bit more lighthearted. New team works well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fiona on 13 Sept. 2013
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I just love it!
Jonathan Creek is back, and I found this mystery as intriguing and clever as ever, while darker than the previous ones! Not expecting it to be that dark, I was a bit creeped out by the solution at first, but I still think it is great.
I like Joey as a new counterpart, even though I still miss Maddy.
The special features are interesting and entertaining, too.
I don't regret this purchase one bit and can only recommend it to fans of the series!
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Phil Smith on 3 Nov. 2009
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Delighted that this Special made it to DVD. I do find it very sad that shows are released on DVD but only a few series then they stop (or even worse only one series: The Last Detective and A Very Peculiar Practice spring to mind). As a new Special after a few years where Jonathan Creek had been rested I was eager to see this. At 2 hours it is by far the longest episode yet and yet was it worth the wait?

A resounding YES!

Alan Davies is back as the magician's trick inventor who solves mysteries of the baffling kind but this time his foil is Sheridan "Two Pints" Smith. A big fan of the lovely and busty Miss Smith I was looking forward to seeing her in this. Loved Two Pints, and it's sequel Grown Ups (how about the second and beyond series of this on DVD) and felt she was an inspired choice on the Big Finish audio Doctor Who's with Paul McGann. In this Sheridan didn't disappoint. She was feisty and gutsy and gave the whole episode a real tonic. The mystery was very well presented and extremely enjoyable as it unravelled.

I was disappointed as the final credits rolled, but not because the show was poor, because it was over! Brilliant can barely describe this but brilliant and more it most certainly was. I see from Wikipedia that they are filming another Special for Easter 2010 and again Sheridan Smith will be on board. Roll on Easter 2010 and the DVD will hopefully follow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
At last this latest episode of Jonathan Creek is coming out on DVD - why it has taken so long I do not know, after all this was the 2008 Christmas Special. Anyway at least it is here now to buy. It has been quite some time since Jonathan Creek has been on TV and thankfully Alan Davies is back in the role (I just couldn't imagine anyone else playing it).

There is more than a touch of the gothic in this, with a big old looming house and a mysterious bedroom where people go missing if they stay the night. Yes, people go to this bedroom and in the morning all that is left are there clothes, they somehow disappear one can only assume in the nude. Can Jonathan solve the mystery or will he be beaten by newcomer Sheridan Smith, who plays a sceptical paranormal investigator.

This isn't really that difficult a mystery to solve compared with some but I wasn't that bothered, it was just good to have this back on the screen again.
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Format: DVD
(THE FILM)
Jonathan Creek returns, to explain a series of baffling disappearances in a "haunted" room at the house of a master illusionist...At midnight on Midsummer's Day 1938, a famous Harvard geneticist, Eli Mencken, accepts a challenge to spend the night inside a gloomy old attic room... where the ghost of a madman is said to prey upon human flesh. Next morning, he has impossibly vanished from the hermetically sealed chamber. The only clue to his disappearance is traces of grisly ectoplasm on the bed.Seventy years on, the vast Gothic house known as Metropolis has passed into the hands of the original owner's daughter and her son, but the strange, unexplained events in "The Nightmare Room" continue...When two young women take shelter there one night from a raging thunderstorm, it is not long before the ominous "presence" has claimed another victim.Determined to get to the truth about what has happened to her friend, the fearlessly sceptical Joey Ross finds herself working alongside veteran lateral thinker Jonathan Creek, as together they embark on a complex, often dangerous, investigation into a mystery which only continues to deepen..
WHAT CAN I SAY?
This was a great episode with an, as usual, high quality mystery at it's core.Brilliant plot, lots of twists and turns and never made obvious. The end came as an absolute shock. Also The comic moments are fab with Sheridan Smith ...she is a very good sidekick....great acting
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The Grinning Man is a feature length Jonathan Creek Christmas special, and as such the central mystery involving a room in a Gothic mansion, belonging to a magician, where visitors disappear in the middle of the night, has a chance to grow at a leisurely pace and sit alongside B and C story lines. The B story line is implicitly linked to the central mystery, the C story line being on of Mr Renwick's classic comedy set ups involving Adam Klaus investing money in 3D pornography. This might sound salacious but it isn't, its simply a foil for two very funny set pieces.

Award winning actress Sheridan Smith makes her first appearance as Joey Ross, more than just a sidekick the character is introduced as a brilliant amateur detective in her own right, and is far more sympathetic and likeable than previous sidekick Carla Borrego.

Along the way there is room for Renwicks usual biting social commentary. There are two niggling issues, the plot is vaguely reminiscent of previous episodes, and there is one scene which didn't have the right emotional pitch given the revelations that had just been given in the previous scene (the scene involves Ciaran McMenamin after the death of another character, you'll see what I mean when you watch). These niggles though aren't enough to destroy the enjoyment of an otherwise brilliant and witty murder mystery.
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