The BEST Episodes of Jonathan Creek

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 17, 2020

Network: BBC One

Jonathan Creek (Alan Davies) invents magic tricks for a living. His brilliantly lateral mind helps him to solve mysteries he encounters, primarily because of his friend Madeline Magellan (Caroline Quentin), an investigative journalist.

Danse Macabre

#1 - Danse Macabre

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 24, 1998

A best selling author is shot in the heart in her daughter's home on Halloween. The killer appears to have vanished in a puff of smoke, but with Jonathan Creek too busy to help Maddy, she must solve the crime on her own.

star 7.99
137 votes
Directors: Sandy Johnson
Writers: David Renwick
The Wrestler's Tomb (Pilot)

#2 - The Wrestler's Tomb (Pilot)

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired May 10, 1997

Feature length pilot episode. Investigative crime writer Maddy Magellan joins forces with quirky magic expert Jonathan Creek to investigate when a painter, called Hedley Shale, is murdered in suspicious circumstances. However the way in which he was murdered doesn't quite add up.

star 7.92
359 votes
Directors: Marcus Mortimer
Writers: David Renwick
Jack in the Box

#3 - Jack in the Box

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired May 17, 1997

When veteran comedian Jack Holiday is found dead in a locked nuclear bunker inside a cliff, it looks like an open and shut case of suicide. However, Jack had crippling arthritis and couldn't even peel a banana himself let alone hold a gun to his head! But if it was murder....how did the murderer escape?

star 7.81
280 votes
Directors: Marcus Mortimer
Writers: David Renwick
The Problem at Gallows Gate (2)

#4 - The Problem at Gallows Gate (2)

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 21, 1998

Jonathan & Maddy continue to investigate the mystery at Gallow's Gate.

star 7.77
215 votes
Writers: David Renwick
The Curse of the Bronze Lamp

#5 - The Curse of the Bronze Lamp

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 14, 2014

When a kidnapping victim disappears under the attackers' noses, Jonathan is forced into solving a mystery for a league of unpleasant gentlemen, much to Polly's displeasure.

star 7.73
110 votes
Directors: David Sant
Writers: David Renwick
The House of Monkeys

#6 - The House of Monkeys

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 7, 1997

Elliot Strange is found murdered in a locked room, which has bars on the windows. As there was no way of the killer leaving without being seen, as his wife knocked on the door moments later where did they go...? Cue Jonathan Creek and Maddy Magellan....!

star 7.68
281 votes
Directors: Sandy Johnson
Writers: David Renwick
The Coonskin Cap

#7 - The Coonskin Cap

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 1, 2003

Jonathan and Carla, who is now a television presenter, are called in to discover how a WPC's murderer can escape a locked gymnasium surrounded by police officers. Is her murder really connected to those of a strangler wearing a 'Davey Crockett' cap...?

star 7.65
212 votes
Writers: David Renwick
No Trace of Tracy

#8 - No Trace of Tracy

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired May 31, 1997

Roy Pilgrim an old rocker from the 60's comes home from his run only to be knocked out and chained to his radiator. Meanwhile at four O'clock a fan of his arrives at his house and walks in. However at four O'clock all Roy saw was a frog enter and then leave...where did Tracy go...?

star 7.59
256 votes
Directors: Sandy Johnson
Writers: David Renwick
Mother Redcap

#9 - Mother Redcap

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 28, 1998

When a judge receives a death threat due to a high profile case he receives round the clock protection. Despite this he is still killed, but how did the killer manage to get past the police and how did he appear to have defied time...?

star 7.55
128 votes
Writers: David Renwick
Time Waits for Norman

#10 - Time Waits for Norman

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 31, 1998

Creek and Magellan face the intriguing case of a man who appears to have defied the laws of time.

star 7.53
182 votes
Directors: Sandy Johnson
Writers: David Renwick
The Letters of Septimus Noone

#11 - The Letters of Septimus Noone

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 28, 2014

When a classic locked-room novel is turned into a West End musical, one of its stars falls victim to a real-life 'impossible crime'. The Mystery of the Yellow Room, based on a 19th century story, is thrilling London theatre audiences with its enticing blend of music, romance and sizzling gothic melodrama. But events take a sinister turn when the show's glamorous singing sensation Juno Pirelli is found horribly stabbed inside a locked dressing room, from which no assailant could possibly have escaped. No weapon or any other evidence of an intruder can be found, nor any rational explanation for the victim's wounds. As the actress's life hangs in the balance, her producer and colleagues remain baffled. And attention once again turns to the lateral-thinking Jonathan Creek for a solution to the whole grisly puzzle. But can Creek - now a happily married man - even be persuaded to embark upon the investigation? As he and wife Polly struggle to come to terms with a sudden personal tragedy, a series of dark and disturbing family secrets are about to emerge that will throw the couple's whole world into turmoil...

star 7.49
129 votes
Directors: David Sant
Writers: David Renwick
The Chequered Box

#12 - The Chequered Box

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 21, 2004

A top policeman is seen smirking at the scene of a hanging - can Jonathan and Carla help him prove that he has nothing to do with it, especially since there is photographical evidence against him?

star 7.49
176 votes
Directors: Sandy Johnson
Writers: David Renwick
The Tailor's Dummy

#13 - The Tailor's Dummy

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 15, 2003

Jonathan is hired to shed light on the mystery of how a man can physically transform himself into another person, in front of a witness's eyes. His investigations lead him into a tale of tragic suicide, Groucho Marx and a parrot named Harvey.

star 7.48
148 votes
Writers: David Renwick
The Omega Man

#14 - The Omega Man

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 11, 1999

Professor Lance Graumann - a leading authority on extra terrestrial phenomena invites Maddy to see his latest discovery -a perfectly preserved alien skeleton. However the American military have other plans and take the skeleton - however when they open the case at their military base it's no where to be found...

star 7.45
159 votes
Writers: David Renwick
The Curious Tale of Mr. Spearfish

#15 - The Curious Tale of Mr. Spearfish

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 27, 1999

A couple's lives are dramatically transformed after the husband enters into a pact with the devil - he has since found buried treasure and appears to be able to defy death.

star 7.45
188 votes
Writers: David Renwick
The Seer of the Sands

#16 - The Seer of the Sands

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 14, 2004

When a ghost hunter dedicated to exposing fraud in all it's forms dies in a tragic accident, Jonathan and Carla investigate whether his spirit lives on. Why did the boat crash occur, how did the body disappear and how did the answers to five spontaneous questions mysteriously appear in a bottle beneath the sand?! All will be revealed...!

star 7.42
208 votes
Directors: Sandy Johnson
Writers: David Renwick
The Reconstituted Corpse

#17 - The Reconstituted Corpse

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired May 24, 1997

Zola Zbzewski's plastic surgeon is found shot to death in his home, and she claims she knows nothing about it. The fact he would have ruined the launch of her new book gives her no motive at all! But when Zola turns up dead in Maddy's wardrobe, things start to look suspicious...

star 7.41
265 votes
Directors: Marcus Mortimer
Writers: David Renwick
The Problem at Gallows Gate (1)

#18 - The Problem at Gallows Gate (1)

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 14, 1998

Jonathan is lumbered with baby-sitting Adam's sister Kitty, and ends up taking her to a badger watch with Maddy. But Kitty ends up seeing more than just badgers in the woods....But how can a man who apparently committed suicide be seen killing a woman three weeks later..?

star 7.41
219 votes
Writers: David Renwick
Miracle in Crooked Lane

#19 - Miracle in Crooked Lane

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 28, 1999

A young woman, who has led a scandalous life that has shocked the local village community, suffers severe burns in an appalling accident. But how can she have returned to her village church in order to seek forgiveness for her past sins, when she is lying in a coma in hospital?...Enter a man in a duffel coat and shaggy hair with the answer....but this time it isn't Jonathan Creek!

star 7.40
184 votes
Writers: David Renwick
Angel Hair

#20 - Angel Hair

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 8, 2003

Jonathan is called in to investigate the mystery of a girl whose shoulder-length hair has miraculously grown back just 48 hours after a kidnapper cut it all off. He finds himself embroiled in the world of a successful composer who has created the perfect pop star.

star 7.36
150 votes
Writers: David Renwick
The Eyes of Tiresias

#21 - The Eyes of Tiresias

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 4, 1999

Audrey Panguitch, a 73 year-old widow, appears to be able to predict death through her vivid dreams, when an international businessman is murdered in a way in which she foresaw. And then there is another death which she appears to have had a premonition about. A tin of Goldfish food may hold the key!...

star 7.35
134 votes
Writers: David Renwick
The Three Gamblers

#22 - The Three Gamblers

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 2, 2000

A man of pure evil is "disposed" of with the help of six bullets to the head - but has his corpse come back to life with revenge on its mind? Maddy and Jonathan visit a damp, deserted farmhouse to investigate!

star 7.34
121 votes
Writers: David Renwick
The Sinner and the Sandman

#23 - The Sinner and the Sandman

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 7, 2014

A retired local psychic inadvertently makes the most amazing and impossible prediction of his career.

star 7.23
115 votes
Directors: David Sant
Writers: David Renwick
Ghost's Forge

#24 - Ghost's Forge

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 18, 1999

While Creek, Magellan and Tranter are investigating the apparently motiveless murder of an ageing hermit, Magellan vanishes into thin air.

star 7.17
125 votes
Writers: David Renwick
Gorgons Wood

#25 - Gorgons Wood

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 28, 2004

A priceless porcelain figure of the mystic monk Sikoto-no disappears from a small town museum, setting off a train of tragic events. When Jonathan Creek and Carla Borrego are called in to investigate, the trail takes them deep into a mysterious wood, where a gnarled old beech tree holds the key to the puzzle.

star 7.17
149 votes
Directors: Sandy Johnson
Writers: David Renwick