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The BBC hits back,
This review is from: Jonathan Creek - Complete Series 1-4 & The Christmas Specials Boxset [DVD]  (DVD)
The BBC had for sometime has been second best in the detective series stakes, but in the late 90s started to hit back in a big way. The Jonathon Creek series was part of this trend.
Jonathon Creek's (Alan Davies) full time job is inventor of magic tricks for his boss, eccentric magician Adam Kraus (Stuart Milligan). Occasionally when the police can not solve an impossible case, they turn to Jonathon Creek because of his insight into optical illusions, tricks and the seemingly impossible.
There is much humour in this, but not too much. You can consider yourself a genius if you can solve even some of these mysteries before the conclusion of each episode, although there is a simple explanation in most cases.
His side kick, played by Caroline Quinton, is great in the role in the first three series, as is Julia Sawalha in the fourth series. Both, while always denying it, fancy Jonathon Creek although considering him a know it all. Even more annoying, he usually has the whole thing worked out while they are still puzzled by the first clue.
Some of the Adam Kraus antics in latter episodes will really make you laugh. This is very, very enjoyable and entertaining stuff.
In final series Julia Sawalha discovers that her husband, Adrian Edmondson, was also married to another man, to which an amsued Jonathon Creek observes 'you can't call that bigamy, more like buggermy'.