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Satan's Chimney 

A killer manages to fire a bullet through a plate glass window without breaking it, but how?


Sandy Johnson


David Renwick (by)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Marcus Knibbs Marcus Knibbs ... Bishop
Lorraine Hilton Lorraine Hilton ... Bishop's Wife
Mary Tamm ... Vivian Brodie
Nina Bhirangi Nina Bhirangi ... Continuity Girl
Steven Berkoff ... Herman Grole
Lisa Stokke Lisa Stokke ... Jodee Tressky (as Lisa Stökke)
Raymond Griffiths Raymond Griffiths ... Raymond
Matt Rippy ... Bronson Peterman
Alan Davies ... Jonathan Creek
Julia Sawalha ... Carla Borrego
Bill Ward ... Vernon Spools
Penny Smith Penny Smith ... Penny
Sonya Saul Sonya Saul ... Sonya
Stuart Milligan ... Adam Klaus
Bill Bailey ... Kenny Starkiss


A killer manages to fire a bullet through a plate glass window without breaking it, but how?

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Stuart Milligan and Jay Benedict both appear in this episode as magic performers. Both had uncredited minor speaking parts in Aliens (1986). Another Aliens alumnus Valerie Colgan (also in a minor speaking part) appears in Jonathan Creek episode 'The Scented Room' from Season 2. See more »


Herman Grole explains the legend of Doomsdorf Castle and says that in the sixteenth century Queen Mary of England used to punish Protestants by sending them to Doomsdorf to be dragged down to Hell. However, the castle is in Scotland, and Queen Mary ruled over England only. The kingdoms of England and Scotland had not been united at that time and she would have had no jurisdiction over Doomsdorf. See more »


References Double Indemnity (1944) See more »

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Good but a major problem...
24 August 2009 | by ajbakeresqSee all my reviews

I love J Creek but this one is disturbing. It's a good story, though too long, but it has a huge fundamental error.

The castle is in Scotland. There's a flashback to 1557. There's a reference to Queen Mary persecuting protestants - and the sinister torture chamber that gives the story its name.

Queen Mary who? Mary Tudor was Queen of England at the time, and persecuting protestants (though no more than Elizabeth persecuted catholics). Scotland was a completely different country.

Do they mean Mary Queen of SCots? She was a catholic but tolerant of protestants as they were a growing power and her son was a leading protestant.

Surely someone in the entire production team could have pointed out that it didn't make historic sense? Also - one character is described as a Lutheran and then as a right wing fundamentalist. I wouldn't have thought Lutherans were particularly prone to extremism.

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26 December 2001 (UK) See more »

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