Jonathan Creek: Season 1, Episode 5

The House of Monkeys (7 Jun. 1997)

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A scientist is stabbed in the back with a Samurai sword. He is found in a locked room. Creek is called in to solve the problem



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Episode cast overview:
Charles Kay ...
Elliot Strange
Ingrid Strange
Sara Markland ...
Cathy Strange
Simon Day ...
Jordan Strange
Caroline Quentin ...
Selina Cadell ...
D.I. Masterson
D.C. Spelling


The appropriately-named Dr. Elliot Strange lives in a country manor house with his his physician wife, an oddball, movie-obsessed son, and his aspiring actress daughter-in-law. In addition he has a houseful of domesticated, house-broken primates from a Capuchin monkey to a silverback gorilla. The highly intelligent silverback has bonded with the family even to the extent of using the bathroom by himself. Dr. Srange, who is in the habit of working in his locked study to prevent the gorilla from chewing on valuable papers, is found impaled on a samurai sword in that locked room after apparently yelling at his assailant. Jonathon and Maddy are at a loss to explain how the murderer got in and out of the locked room. Written by

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7 June 1997 (UK)  »

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Unusual for this series, there is a disclaimer in the end credits stating that no animal was hurt on the film. See more »


Jonathan says all the people in the house saw the gorilla go crazy under the influence of the drug, but people didn't arrive at the stairs until after the noise of the Jonathan made falling down the stairs and the gorilla was already dead by then. See more »


Jonathan Creek: [after trying out Jorman's mechanically-powered chair] Reminds me of the gynecology ride at Disneyland.
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References The Shining (1980) See more »


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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