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The Clue of the Savant's Thumb 

Joey Ross draws Jonathan into a complex case involving a secret society, seemingly supernatural events at a girls' boarding school, and the miraculous disappearance of a body.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rosalind Tartikoff
Young Rosalind
Lucie Wolfman ...
Lydia Gerrard ...
Young Beth
Mairéad Conneely ...
Sister Cunegonde
Peter Churchill
Abigail McKern ...
Hasina Haque ...
Fariba Tartikoff
Mark Frost ...
Robert Styles ...
Louise Yates ...


Now working for an advertising agency, Jonathan attends a function where he meets satirist Franklin Tartikoff and his wife Rosalind. Some while later, on the same day their adoptive daughter Fariba is returning from the Andemans, Rosalind, having returned from a school-mate's funeral, sees Franklin's corpse through the keyhole of his locked study door but when the police, led by wheelchair-bound Inspector Pryke, arrive the body has vanished. Paranormal investigator Joey Ross asks Jonathan to help with the enquiry and they learn that Rosalind is haunted by the death of a fellow pupil at a botched religious ceremony at school over forty years earlier. After an attempt is made to kill Fariba, Jonathan discovers just how Franklin died and how the illusion of the locked door was created. However the reason for Franklin's demise involves a sinister government plot and Jonathan and his associates are in danger before the case is finally resolved. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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1 April 2013 (UK)  »

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Two of the character Franklin Tartikoff's own books are shown on a bookshelf beneath two shrunken heads. They are "Cerebral Atrophy In The Age Of Fox News" and "Gonorrhoea And Its Role In The Punic Wars". See more »


After Fariba has disposed of the body and goes back to lay on the floor by the door, Africa is clearly visible on the globe. This is despite the fact that Africa NOT being visible was a key factor in solving the case. See more »


References The Wicker Man (1973) See more »

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18 September 2013 | by (Netanya, Israel) – See all my reviews

I really suppose we should have not watched this in the first when it was billed at 90 minutes. Previous episodes at 60 minutes were often quite boring too. But we gave it a try.

The basic premise of all JC stories is a death in a locked room near the beginning and Creek works it all out at the end. In between there is a lot of padding and all the way through far too much very loud music. A terrific cast clearly thought they were hamming it up, I hope Joanna Lumley was very made up, she looked awful.

Ric Mayall and Nigel Planer played it all very much for laughs, the former doing a Peter Sellers from that film about a bomb, or Goldmember. The whole thing drags along and by the end we simply did not care and rued the fact we did not switch off earlier.

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