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Jonathan Creek Complete Series 1 - 4 & The Christmas Specials Box Set [DVD]

4.8 out of 5 stars 409 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Actors: Alan Davies, Caroline Quentin, Julia Sawalha
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 1500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (409 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZYE932
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,205 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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From the often bizarre pen of One Foot in the Grave writer David Renwick comes the entire first four series of this very popular BBC drama series. Working from his home in a converted windmill, Jonathan Creek (Alan Davies) is a magician with a natural ability for solving puzzles. He soon puts this ability to another use--solving murders. Together with his journalist sidekick played by Caroline Quentin, and later by Julia Sawalha, Jonathan is called upon to solve a series of what appear to be unsolveable crimes.

Series 1:
'The Wrestler's Tomb', 'Jack In The Box', 'The Reconstituted Corpse', 'No Trace of Tracey' and 'The House Of Monkeys'

Series 2:
'Danse Macabre', 'Time Waits For Norman', 'The Scented Room', 'The Problems At Gallows Gate' and 'Mother Redcap'

Series 3:
'The Curious Tale of Mr Spearfish', 'The Eyes of Tiresias', 'The Omega Man', 'Ghost's Forge', 'Miracle in Crooked Lane', 'The Three Gamblers', 'Satan's Chimney'.

Series 4:
'The Coonskin Cap', 'Angel Hair', 'The Tailor's Dummy', 'The Seer of the Sands', 'The Chequered Box', 'Gorgons Wood', 'Black Canary'

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From the often bizarre pen of One Foot in the Grave writer David Renwick comes the entire first four series of this very popular BBC drama series . Working from his home in a converted windmill, Jonathan Creek (Alan Davies) is a magician with a natural ability for solving puzzles. He soon puts this ability to another use--solving murders. Together with his journalist sidekick played by Caroline Quentin, and later by Julia Sawalha, Jonathan is called upon to solve a series of what appear to be unsolveable crimes.

Extras include the documentary 'Long Hair and Duffel Coat', a commentary by director Marcus Mortimer and writer David Renwick, Alan Davies' and Caroline Quentin's screen tests and deleted scenes. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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If you've never seen Jonathan Creek, you don't know what you're missing. Easily one of the BBC's best comedy-dramas of the last 20 years, this series combines mystery, magic, humour and some quite superb acting performances from Alan Davies, Caroline Quentin and latterly, Julia Sawalha. A number of guest stars also add to the talent on view, notably in the regular appearances of Stuart Milligan as Adam Klaus.

This box set combines the four series and the Christmas specials. Even having seen them all before, I still had to rack my brain to remember just how some of these complex storylines eventually resolved themselves (on many occasions, forgetting altogether). This series is a reminder of just how brilliantly Caroline Quentin, in particular, can adapt to any acting challenge. The chemistry between the leads is perfect and it all adds up to a hugely enjoyable series.

If there's any gripe at all, it is that the extras, while good, are few and far between. Surely an outtakes section for each series wouldn't have been too much to ask? All we really get is a brief discussion of how the series was conceived, a commentary on a single episode, the original screen tests of Davies and Quentin and a few deleted scenes. All but the latter of these appear on the first disc. So if you're looking for a lot of bonus materials here, you'll be disappointed.

That aside, this still gets the full five stars because it's a brilliant series and one that every fan must own. Magical!
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I must confess that the very reasonable price of the boxed set was a big incentive. It was good that one of the reviewers drew my attention to the fact that the Christmas Specials were included in the original boxed set as I would not have been very happy if I had ended up with two sets of them however much I have enjoyed watching them. The series have not dated - or maybe that's just me. Even when you know who done it and how it was done it is still great fun to pick up on the well written dialogue and some things you missed the first time through. Well worth the money.
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Very pleased with my purchase.
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Ideal purchase if you like Alan Davies and co. Watched them first time around and am enjoying just as much again. Interesting to see the different filming techniques over the years.
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Very fast delivery. Product exactly as stated.
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Jonathan Creek stories are quirky, sometimes a bit far-fetched but good, easy to watch entertainment. I think Alan Davies plays a great part, pity he doesn't do more acting. We watched on holiday on a very small portable DVD player, but it was still well worth watching.
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Just brilliant.
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I have of course seen the series when it was on TV but I find that reliving it is just as fun as the first time. The mysteries themselves are old style - body in locked room and so forth - and the solutions are not really plausible - often convuluted. But that only adds to the charm and, for me, a dective novel - of any kind - is more about the trip one goes on with the main characterest than the actual arrival.
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