Jonathan Creek - The Judas Tree 2010

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Another case for the lateral thinking sleuth, Jonathan Creek (Alan Davies). This time around, Creek investigates events at a spooky country house. When a new assistant housekeeper arrives at 'Green Lanterns', the home of a famous crime writer, she learns the house harbours the secret of an unsolved Victorian murder. When the owner's wife is suddenly murdered, all the evidence points to the housekeeper. It's not long, however, before Jonathan and his sceptical assistant Joey Ross (Sheridan Smith) start to dig deeper. Sasha Beehar, Paul McGann, Doreen Mantle and Natalie Walter co-star.

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Alan Davies, Sheridan Smith
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 34 minutes
Starring Alan Davies, Sheridan Smith
Director David Renwick
Genres Drama
Studio 2 Entertain
Rental release 12 April 2010
Main languages English

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By AR VINE VOICE on 5 April 2010
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The latest episode of Jonathan Creek, the story follows a young housekeeper who comes to Jonathan and his new sidekick Joey for help after a series of ghostly events occur in the house where she works.

I've always been a fan of Jonathan Creek, and after the excellent special last year, I had high hopes for this, as a rare new episode. I have to admit I was disappointed. Unlike some of the other reviewers here, I don't think it was a total waste of time, as the story went on it redeemed itself a little, but admittedly was still disjointed and sometimes silly.

The story itself doesn't really kick in for 45 minutes, up until this point I wondered what Jonathan and Joey were bothering to investigate: a hundred odd year old ghost story, some mildly threatening notes and a ghostly figure in the woodshed - all didn't seem to amount to much. Halfway through a murder takes place, but as another reviewer has noted, whilst you might guess a couple of answers, the audience has no way of deducing the whole story because a key element of the back story is kept from us until the end.

Perhaps had the writers thought the story through a bit more and worked with some of the strong elements (an empty house full of sheeted furniture and figures is rather creepy) and left out the stupid bits (seriously the cat litter, why did we need to see that?). The ending reveals how the deed was done, but the moral element jarrs when we consider who should have been punished, is there an easy answer?

I hope more episodes will be commissioned, but on the basis of this one and the feedback here, I don't have high hopes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jay on 30 Jun 2013
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I love Jonathan creek but The Judas Tree pains me and has left me with a bad taste in my mouth. It feels wrong, the humour ill judged, the explanations far fetched and unconvincing, Sheridan Smith's performance was bad (admittedly the script didn't help), no chemistry between any of the actors, important facts to the story with held until the last moment (taking the fun out of trying to guess and making me wonder how JC figured it when he knew nothing either) and the moral compass of it all off kilter. If the guy who got flattened by the house façade had been younger and the brother and she had unknowingly left him there to die I could almost forgive the whole thing.

I am so annoyed with this part of Creek that I am selling it. Lets hope the latest Creek sets its foot on a more solid ground.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 April 2010
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I'm not normally one for bashing the Beeb, but it does feel that what could have been another excellent Creek outing was spoiled spectacularly by squeezing it into a 90-minute outing (no doubt for 'budgetary' reasons..). There seemed to be numerous 'edits' to this episode that left the viewer feeling 'rushed' through a storyline that needed more time to establish its 'plausibility' and sub-plots.

The series episodes of Jonathan Creek ranged from the magnificent to the annoying, and after the magnificence of The Grinning Man [DVD] [2009], this episode, whilst enjoyable, was simply not in the same league.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 April 2010
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Writing this review is fairly painful for me. Long have I loved "Jonathan Creek" and often hoped that the BBC would bring it back. However, despite eagerly anticipating this special Easter episode, I think if this is the standard that they would be able to produce, perhaps it is now better left alone. THE JUDAS TREE was, unfortunately, nowhere near as good as the older episodes.
Although it was fairly creepy in places, and started out promisingly enough, I felt that too much was missing. Unlike the previous episodes (especially seasons one and two), the humour wasn't there, nor was the fulfilling end where you suddenly think "Yes! Of course, that's how they did it!" Instead, I suspected the twist at the end (which never happened before, I was never able to guess), and when you saw how it was pulled off, there were irritating details which made you think that rather than being clever, the prepetrators were also very lucky to get away with it. Some details just didn't seem to add up properly.

Having said that, it was a way of passing time on a quiet Easter Sunday night, but itf you're looking for the true magic of Jonathan Creek you really need to turn to the old favourites.
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By Norrie on 5 May 2014
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The old ones of Jonathan Creek are the best this makes up my series. I would recommend this as great fun to watch. Good acting and tongue in cheek. Recommend it
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Jonathan Creek is always humorous and watchable, but this spin off was a little boring. Don't want to go into any details but the best of the newer spin offs is THE GRINNING MAN. still watchable though and I am glad I bought it
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By E. M. Howard on 21 April 2014
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I bought this DVD from the new and used section on Amazon, DVD arrived just as quickly, in perfect condition and played like new, all for a bargain price.
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By sam on 8 April 2014
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Jonathan creek is one to have in the family collection,i have all the series and all the specials.Thank you susanannmary
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