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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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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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 »


When Madeline is talking to Ingrid Strange in the kitchen, she is seen trying to cut into a pumpkin. The angle of the pumpkin repeatedly changes position. See more »


Maddy Magellan: [as she is in bed with Jonathon and speculating on Dr. Strange's murder] Or what about this? One of the animals did it... one of the little ones. Could've been hidden in a cupboard that was too small for a person and stabbed him in the back.
Jonathan Creek: [Unenthusiastically] Right... I see your reasoning.
Maddy Magellan: But you think it sucks? Why?
Jonathan Creek: It's just that image of the organ grinder's monkey coming at you with a sword... Would you really scream for mercy?
Maddy Magellan: ...or put some money in its tin cup?
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References Fatal Attraction (1987) 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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