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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most original TV series in years, 17 Oct. 2002
Jonathan Creek, the mastermind behind magician Adam Claus. In between creating new magic tricks he helps solve baffling crimes.
Stand-up comic Alan Davies is brilliantly cast as the title character. Caroline Quentin (instantly recognisable from Men Behaving Badly) is his reporter 'friend'. On this tape there are two episodes. The extended pilot episode 'Wrestler's Tomb' starring former Dr Who Colin Baker and 'Jack in the Box', the first 'proper' episode.
In Wrestler's Tomb, look out for Anthony Head (from Buffy) playing Adam Claus, and also look out for impressionist Alistair McGowan as Maddie Megelan's partner. This episode marks their only appearance in the series.
Basic plot lines..Wrestler's Tomb sees an artist shot dead while his mistress is left tied and gagged. The main suspect, his wife, has a tight alibi that she was in her office.
In 'Jack in the Box' a convicted murderer has his conviction overturned and is released. The husband of the woman he was accused of killing is found murdered inside a locked nuclear bunker, deep underground, with no visible means of escape for whoever did it.
If you've never seen Jonathan Creek before, this is definately the tape to start with. later episodes became slightly more 'far-fetched' (although still highly entertaining).
A huge recommendation from me !!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just about the best murder mystery there is..., 29 Oct. 2000
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This review is from: Jonathan Creek - Black Canary (Christmas Special Episode) [VHS] [1997] (VHS Tape)
This is a treat for people who like a good puzzle to solve and are tired of the same old detective dramas TV seems to churn out these days. An hour and a half long, it never drags and your brain will be hurting after a while as you try to work out not only 'whodunnit' but how they did it. Jonathon Creek concentrates on the so-called 'locked room' and impossible crimes while having a good amount of humour. You would expect this as it was written by the man behind 'One Foot In The Grave', David Renwick. And its got Rik Mayall in it. What more do you want?
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprise ending! (as usual), 27 Sept. 2001
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This review is from: Jonathan Creek - Black Canary (Christmas Special Episode) [VHS] [1997] (VHS Tape)
My favourite part of this video was the fact that the policeman (played brilliantly by Rik Mayall) was not a bumbling idiot but was, on many ocassions, cleverer than Jonathan.
The hilarious scene where Jonathan locks his car door when seeing a thug will remain with me for a long time! This episode will get you hooked and want to see more.
But when will the second series be released on Video?????
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable!, 16 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Jonathan Creek - Black Canary (Christmas Special Episode) [VHS] [1997] (VHS Tape)
Without a doubt my favourite J.Creek episode. The ingenuity of the plot makes it stand virtually head and shoulders above the rest, despite the three glaring errors:
I) Deciduous trees in winter, still with their leaves on, but covered in snow.
II) The shortened lamp flex. Any investigator would simply look inside the plug to see if the wires had recently been snipped.
III) Adam Klaus states that he was in the audience during the Black Canary's last performance. How could this be if the sister was killed during a practice run of a new trick?
Still, an utterly brilliant JC.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best programe set on video in the world!, 6 July 2000
All the Jonathan Creek episods are exquisite! A witty murder mystery serial, but not like Sherlok Holmes or anything because the're never excactly on the job. Why listen to grim, always trying to find out how someone killed someone else when you can watch Jonathan Creek and Maddy Magelan argue because Jonathan won`t tell Maddy how it was done?
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars House of Monkeys- weird plot, 20 Nov. 2000
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I saw all of these episodes and my least favourite has to be House of Monkeys. The acting was good as usual but the plot was just too weird and totally unbelievable. Many of the other episodes are farfetched but I just couldn't imagine this one happening(watch it and you'll see why) But loved the guest appearance of Annete Crosbie, great acting as usual.
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