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A retired female illusionist dies in mysterious circumstances. Maddy and Jonathan are called upon to investigate.





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Suzanna Hamilton ...
Francis Matthews ...
Jerry Bellinitus
Lionel Prekopp
Vincent Wong ...
Pan Duc Lao
Simone Huber ...
Caroline Quentin ...
Tomas Lukes ...
Dave Haskell ...
Sgt. Richie
John Hales ...
Burger Man


A retired female illusionist dies in mysterious circumstances. Maddy and Jonathan are called upon to investigate.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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24 December 1998 (UK)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Jerry Bellinitus: How have things been here? Any sign of improvement?
Lionel Prekopp: She's been hold up in her room most of the day with a migraine. I couldn't tempt her with any lunch.
Jerry Bellinitus: Some hormone thing I expect.
Lionel Prekopp: Oh! There'll be an ovary at the back of it somewhere.
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marvelous Jonathan Creek special
30 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Alan Davies is "Jonathan Creek" in this 1998 special also starring Caroline Quentin as Maddy and Stuart Milligan as magician Adam Klaus.

Jonathan is contacted by an old almost-girlfriend, Charlotte (Kate Isitt) when her mother, Marella Carney, the famous Black Canary, commits suicide. The Black Canary was an illusionist whose illusions were based on the fact that she had a twin sister, who died in an unfortunate accident. The twin sister had a daughter, Hannah, who had taken off some years ago.

However, although Marella's husband saw his wife commit suicide, it's learned that she had been dead for about four hours before he witnessed this. It's a tough puzzle for Jonathan to work out.

As with all the "Jonathan Creek" stories, this has an intricate, clever plot with the denouement based on Jonathan's knowledge of magic and illusion. And, as with all the "Jonathan Creek" stories, there is a great deal of humor. The show really lost something when Carolyn Quentin left, and she's wonderful here working with Jonathan. Probably the last scene in the show is the funniest.

I'm so glad these are available on disc, and I hope they make the specials being done now available to American audiences as well. This is a great show that ended too soon.

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