Jonathan Creek: Season 1, Episode 2

Jack in the Box (17 May 1997)

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After Maddy successfully campaigns to free a man she believes to have been wrongly imprisoned for murder, the elderly husband of the victim is found shot dead in his nuclear fall-out shelter.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Holiday
Scott Reisner
Maureen O'Brien ...
Kirsten Holiday
Robin Soans ...
Alan Rokesmith
June Watson ...
Rachel Rokesmith
Caroline Quentin ...
Helena McCarthy ...
Mrs Rokesmith
Andrew Powell ...
Police Officer at Shelter
David Thorpe ...
Police Officer in Cottage
Geoffrey Beevers ...
Neville Spivey


Crusading journalist Maddie Magellan is instrumental in getting a man released from prison after serving nine years for a murder she believes he did not commit. The next day, the victim's widower apparently shoots himself after locking himself in his personal nuclear fall-out shelter. Investigators and engineers insist that no one could have gotten in or out of the shelter after the door was sealed. Yet those closest to the alleged suicide insist that his hands were so crippled with arthritis that he could not have run the bolts on the massive door, let alone pulled the trigger on a gun. Maddie coerces reluctant sleuth Jonathan Creek into investigating the case. Written by balkaster

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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The outlet on a toilet is not directly below the pan, but the cistern, meaning there was nothing really unusual about the position of the hole. See more »


Maddy Magellan: What kind of spineless cretin are you?
Jonathan Creek: No special kind... just your average cretin with a train to catch.
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Variation on a Theme from Danse Macabre
Tone poem composed by Camille Saint-Saens (1874)
[Heard under main title and integrated in the score throughout the episode.]
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Original and well written
25 October 2006 | by (Florida, United States) – See all my reviews

I am a big fan of British detective series, and this one is totally unique. It is the only detective series without a detective. Instead of Holmes and Watson, there is Jonathan Creek (who creates magic tricks for a big time magician) and Maddie (an investigative journalist).

There is humor, and all the typical scenes for a mystery (e.g. interesting characters, eating unusual food, interesting settings, sarcastic comments, sexual tension, etc.) but the solution to the crimes are the best of any series I have ever seen. I have said out-loud while watching an episode, "There can't be any solution to this." And then, once you see the solution, it is so obvious, you can't see how you couldn't figure it out.

Clever, funny, unusual, and unfailingly fascinating, it is a first rate mystery series.

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