Jonathan Creek (1997–2016)
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The Wrestler's Tomb 

An exuberant artist is found dead at home. The only suspect is the artist's wronged wife who was well aware of his affair with his model, but how could she have left her city office without her P.A. seeing her leave?


Marcus Mortimer


David Renwick (by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Baker ... Hedley Shale
Paul Allen Paul Allen ... Radio Interviewer
Saskia Mulder ... Francesca Boutron
Sheila Gish ... Serena Shale
Rebecca Charles Rebecca Charles ... Joy
Jane Hazlegrove ... Katrina Toplis
Alan Thompson Alan Thompson ... Mr Winstanley
Lloyd McGuire ... D.S. Owen Davey
Mem Ferda ... Drunk
Christine Ellerbeck Christine Ellerbeck ... Supermarket Cashier
Alan Davies ... Jonathan Creek
Clare McCarron Clare McCarron ... Woman in Supermarket
John Marquez ... Supermarket Manager
Anthony Head ... Adam Klaus
Scott Chisholm Scott Chisholm ... Rhino


A controversial artist is dead, apparently the victim of a botched robbery at his suburban estate. Take-no-prisoners journalist Maddie Magellan is unconvinced, and she casts her suspicions on the deceased's possessive wife and his frivolous mistress. But one was in her city office at the time of death, and the other was bound, gagged and blindfolded by the "robber". A chance meeting with Jonathan Creek, a famous illusionist's technical advisor, leads Maddie to believe that his "lateral mind" may allow him to see through the deceptions in the case, and she recruits the reluctant genius as her partner. Written by balkaster

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

10 May 1997 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Caroline Quentin is snooping around Hedley Shales room she opens a built in wardrobe that had been coloured to resemble the doors of the TARDIS. See more »


The police inspector investigating the scene of crime flouts all standard procedure by entering the garden without wearing special clothing to prevent contamination and picking up the pouch containing the jewelry without using gloves. See more »


Adam Klaus: [to Jonathon as he is ogling Francesca] I want to lie beside her in a bath of warm glue!
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References Psycho (1960) See more »


Variation on a Theme from Danse Macabre
Tone poem composed by Camille Saint-Saëns (1874)
[Heard under main title and integrated in the score throughout the episode.]
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A classic series begins.
15 May 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

May be a bold statement to call Jonathan Creek a classic series, but I feel it's deserving of the title, over twenty years after this first went out The Wrestler's Tomb is still fresh, intriguing, funny and absorbing.

Renwick's writing is sheer brilliance, the man who gave us Victor Meldrew knows only too well that humour works well with sadness/darkness and vice versa. His genius for the macabre visible many times. This is a baffling mystery, much lighter in its delivery then an Agatha Christie, but equally baffling.

This mystery relies on the clever art of misdirection, when you think something blatantly obvious is happening, the more unlikely is the reality. I found the performance of Saskia Mulder very good, and very important, what a beautiful woman, perfect casting. Colin Baker is brilliant, but as always it's Sheila Gish who steals the show, what a fabulous actress she was, hugely missed.

Light and easy to watch, but baffling and engaging. A triumph, 9/10

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