The Best Episodes of Jonathan Creek

Last Updated: Dec 9, 2018

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.

The Problem at Gallows Gate (2)

#1 - The Problem at Gallows Gate (2)

Season 2 - Episode 5

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

star 8.00
64 votes
Writers: David Renwick
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The Curse of the Bronze Lamp

#2 - The Curse of the Bronze Lamp

Season 5 - Episode 3

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 7.97
76 votes
Directors: David Sant
Writers: David Renwick
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The Wrestler's Tomb (Pilot)

#3 - The Wrestler's Tomb (Pilot)

Season 1 - Episode 1

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 7.95
118 votes
Writers: David Renwick
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Mother Redcap

#4 - Mother Redcap

Season 2 - Episode 6

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 7.90
62 votes
Writers: David Renwick
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The House of Monkeys

#5 - The House of Monkeys

Season 1 - Episode 5

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 7.86
72 votes
Directors: Sandy Johnson
Writers: David Renwick
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Angel Hair

#6 - Angel Hair

Season 4 - Episode 2

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 7.80
56 votes
Writers: David Renwick
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No Trace of Tracy

#7 - No Trace of Tracy

Season 1 - Episode 4

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 7.80
74 votes
Directors: Sandy Johnson
Writers: David Renwick
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Jack in the Box

#8 - Jack in the Box

Season 1 - Episode 2

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 7.79
98 votes
Writers: David Renwick
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The Seer of the Sands

#9 - The Seer of the Sands

Season 4 - Episode 4

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 7.79
61 votes
Directors: Sandy Johnson
Writers: David Renwick
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The Reconstituted Corpse

#10 - The Reconstituted Corpse

Season 1 - Episode 3

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 7.76
83 votes
Writers: David Renwick
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The Problem at Gallows Gate (1)

#11 - The Problem at Gallows Gate (1)

Season 2 - Episode 4

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 7.75
69 votes
Writers: David Renwick
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The Chequered Box

#12 - The Chequered Box

Season 4 - Episode 5

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 7.75
55 votes
Directors: Sandy Johnson
Writers: David Renwick
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Gorgons Wood

#13 - Gorgons Wood

Season 4 - Episode 6

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 7.73
58 votes
Directors: Sandy Johnson
Writers: David Renwick
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The Coonskin Cap

#14 - The Coonskin Cap

Season 4 - Episode 1

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 7.68
63 votes
Writers: David Renwick
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Danse Macabre

#15 - Danse Macabre

Season 2 - Episode 1

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 7.68
69 votes
Directors: Sandy Johnson
Writers: David Renwick
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The Tailor's Dummy

#16 - The Tailor's Dummy

Season 4 - Episode 3

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 7.68
56 votes
Writers: David Renwick
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Time Waits for Norman

#17 - Time Waits for Norman

Season 2 - Episode 2

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

star 7.66
85 votes
Directors: Sandy Johnson
Writers: David Renwick
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Ghost's Forge

#18 - Ghost's Forge

Season 3 - Episode 4

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

star 7.63
59 votes
Writers: David Renwick
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The Eyes of Tiresias

#19 - The Eyes of Tiresias

Season 3 - Episode 2

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 7.62
69 votes
Writers: David Renwick
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The Letters of Septimus Noone

#20 - The Letters of Septimus Noone

Season 5 - Episode 1

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 7.59
96 votes
Directors: David Sant
Writers: David Renwick
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The Sinner and the Sandman

#21 - The Sinner and the Sandman

Season 5 - Episode 2

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

star 7.59
81 votes
Directors: David Sant
Writers: David Renwick
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The Curious Tale of Mr. Spearfish

#22 - The Curious Tale of Mr. Spearfish

Season 3 - Episode 1

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 7.57
69 votes
Writers: David Renwick
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The Scented Room

#23 - The Scented Room

Season 2 - Episode 3

Although Jonathan Creek knows how a painting, worth a million pounds, was apparently stolen by an invisible thief, he refuses to tell anyone because he has a personal vendetta against its owner!

star 7.56
75 votes
Directors: Sandy Johnson
Writers: David Renwick
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The Three Gamblers

#24 - The Three Gamblers

Season 3 - Episode 6

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 7.55
56 votes
Writers: David Renwick
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The Omega Man

#25 - The Omega Man

Season 3 - Episode 3

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 7.51
65 votes
Writers: David Renwick
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