Jonathan Creek: Season 4, Episode 7

The Grinning Man (1 Jan. 2009)

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Stage magician Lance Gessler lives in a mansion known as Metropolis that has a deadly history. When another victim succumbs to an ominous presence in the attic room, it's up the Jonathan to unravel the mystery.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (voice)
Jacques Futrelle
Patrick Poletti ...
Eli Mencken
Eloise Rakic-Platt ...
Child Constance
Sarah Champion ...
Stuart Milligan ...
Sally Plumb ...
Lance Gessler


Stage magician Lance Gessler lives in a mansion known as Metropolis that has a deadly history. When another victim succumbs to an ominous presence in the attic room, it's up the Jonathan to unravel the mystery.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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[Adam is lusting after a pornography actress with unbelievably large breasts]
Adam Klaus: Ohhhhhh. What I wouldn't give, Jonathan, for a piece of that action. The eighth and nine wonders of the world. If you're looking for a 360-degree experience, you could lose your whole face in there and never see it again. Forget about bras - you wouldn't get those in a *hammock*!
Jonathan Creek: Have you finished?
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Jonathan Creek: Are you done? Because I've really got better things to do than stand around here watching your tongue hanging out ...
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5 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This isn't my favorite episode of "Jonathan Creek," but a so-so Jonathan Creek is better than no Jonathan Creek.

This is a grisly one. One rainy evening, two young woman are stranded when their tire goes flat and they have no spare. They are given a ride to a mansion, Metropolis, owned by a stage musician, Lance Gessler. They are to spend the night there. There is one particular attic room where people have disappeared. Mina wants to see it and is escorted there by one of the residents. She makes a pass at him, is rebuffed, and then refuses to leave the room as she's too tired. That turns out to be a mistake.

The other young woman (Sheridan Smith), who has a blog where she solves complex problems, wants to find out out what happened to her friend. Lance's mother, Judy Parfitt, whose father was a famous magician, advises her that she will need help and gets her together with Jonathan (in a very funny scene). The two embark on an adventure together trying to figure out what happened in that room.

The acting is very good, the mystery intriguing if really out there, and a study by Hieronymus Bosch overlooking the proceedings.

I'm afraid the show still hasn't hit it right with sidekicks -- there isn't much chemistry between Smith and Davies here. Caroline Quentin was perfect.

Very dark mystery, a two-hour episode with too much filler involving Jonathan's magician boss, the sex-crazed Adam (Stuart Milligan).

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