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Very Poor. Bitterly disappointing to watch (from a lifelong Creek fan),
This review is from: Jonathan Creek - Series 5 [DVD] (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'. Sadly, the latest offerings are more like something from a drab episode of Midsomer Murders or some other third rate mystery series set in a rural upper-middle class village.
I really do hope that Creek will continue, but in order to do so there will need to be quality writing, with intelligent storylines and a partner with whom Creek has genuine chemistry (such as Caroline Quentine). I tried writng to the BBC to relay to David Renwick how disappointed I was with this series, but there wasn't an option to provide feedback for this individual programme. I hope that here at least, some of the people involved in this series will be able to see how disappointed genuine Creek fans are with this half-hearted and half-baked effort.
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Initial post: 20 Mar 2014 14:24:44 GMT
Sadly, I have to agree with my fellow long term Creek fan Cosa Nostra: it was a disappointing series, lacking the humour and wit that made Jonathan Creek absolutely superb in the past. I did chuckle at the 'Sherlock' dig in episode one, but alas that's as far as the humour went. The stories in these three episodes were not as complex, intriguing or indeed terribly interesting as in past episodes. Maybe Creek has had its day after all (sniff-sniff) and the brilliant Sherlock has now taken its place. If the Beeb really want to make the most of JC again then they must quadruple the budget, bring back the windmill and wit, and try to encourage Caroline Quentin to return (or indeed Sheridan Smith who was an inspired alternative), even just for a walk on part ... oh, and schedule it back on Saturdays!
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2014 15:43:23 GMT
Hugh S. Elliott says:
Please, please, please do not brng back cringeworthy Caroline Quentin!
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2014 11:14:24 GMT
Please, please, please bring back Caroline Quentin!
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2014 10:49:12 BDT
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Mrs W Waugh says:
I dont think Caroline Quentin is right at all for this show ,she isnt even a very credible actress, so if it does come back please,please dont have her in it at all ever............
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2014 12:26:03 BDT
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