History Series / JonathanCreek

15th Jul '16 12:54:32 PM Anodyne
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: In "Jack in the Box", when the police first enter the bunker, the scene when the officer stoops down to examine Jack Holiday's corpse has the [[spoiler:wall behind which Alan Rokesmith walled himself up featured prominently in the background]]. In hindsight, the [[spoiler:newer bricklaying]] does look rather obvious, meaning that the solution is [[spoiler:HiddenInPlainSight]]. The [[spoiler:dimmer lightbulb]] also makes this a form of literal [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadowing]] too!
1st Mar '16 11:17:22 PM MasoTey
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* SequencingDeception: In ''Angel Hair'', events that we think were recorded days in advance [[spoiler:actually turn out to be happening live over a closed-circuit TV system rigged to look like a VCR]].
25th Feb '16 10:45:36 PM DoctorNemesis
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* GilliganCut: At the end of "The Seer of the Sands", after Jonathan has summarised a series of events that has led to [[ItMakesSenseInContext Adam's small bodyguard being eaten by a snake]], Carla muses that, being a charismatic media professional, Adam should be able to talk his way out of the situation without any real trouble. Cut to a brief shot of Adam in the middle of a literal riot outside the courthouse being attacked by little people and animal rights activists.
26th Dec '15 4:07:40 AM foxley
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* OffWithHisHead: A sabotaged chainsaw leads to a decapitation in [[spoiler:"The Clue of the Savant's Thumb"]]. This leads to an elaborate cover-up in which a body seems to vanish from a locked room.
26th Dec '15 3:58:17 AM foxley
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* HandOfDeath: How the killer is portrayed in "The Clue of Savant's Thumb": first stalking Joey and later [[DeathByLookingUp toppling a statue off the roof]].
25th Dec '15 6:23:41 PM FF32
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* MuggedForDisguise: In "The Curse of the Bronze Lamp", the kidnappers (posing as security guards) knock out a pair of DJs who run a mobile disco, steal their clothes and van, and use it it gain access to their victim's home.

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* MuggedForDisguise: In "The Curse of the Bronze Lamp", the kidnappers (posing as security guards) knock out a pair of DJs [=DJs=] who run a mobile disco, steal their clothes and van, and use it it gain access to their victim's home.
25th Nov '15 1:38:45 AM Ominae
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* TrickedIntoSigning: In "Gorgons Wood", Carla is signing copies of her new work-out video and a woman with a small child asks if she could take a picture of her with her nephew on Carla's knee. Turns out that the "nephew" is a grown man. The whole thing is distraction so she wouldn't notice that she is signing a contract allowing them to [[spoiler:license "all forms of sexual erotica, however explicit, bearing my name, face or likeness"]].
19th Oct '15 1:04:05 PM Berrenta
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A cult British DetectiveDrama about the eponymous Jonathan Creek (Alan Davies), a celebrity magician's trick-designer with a keen eye for detail and lateral thinking who helps solve seemingly impossible crimes, often a LockedRoomMystery. He works together IntrepidReporter Maddy Magellan (Caroline Quentin) -- and later, with Carla Burrego (Julia Sawalha) in season 4 and with Joey Ross (Sheridan Smith) in the some recent specials. After a significant hiatus and CharacterDevelopment, this role has in turn been transferred to Jonathan's new wife Polly (Sarah Alexander). The series is written by David Renwick, otherwise known for ''OneFootInTheGrave''. The two shows share his trademark intricate plotting and black sense of humour.

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A cult British DetectiveDrama about the eponymous Jonathan Creek (Alan Davies), a celebrity magician's trick-designer with a keen eye for detail and lateral thinking who helps solve seemingly impossible crimes, often a LockedRoomMystery. He works together with IntrepidReporter Maddy Magellan (Caroline Quentin) -- and later, with Carla Burrego (Julia Sawalha) in season 4 and with Joey Ross (Sheridan Smith) in the some recent specials. After a significant hiatus and CharacterDevelopment, this role has in turn been transferred to Jonathan's new wife Polly (Sarah Alexander). The series is written by David Renwick, otherwise known for ''OneFootInTheGrave''. The two shows share his trademark intricate plotting and black sense of humour.
18th Oct '15 4:05:46 AM DaibhidC
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* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: In "No Trace of Tracy", the opening titles segue into Roy Pilgrim listening to "Danse Macabre" on Classic FM. Then it shifts to Vivaldi and he turns off his personal stereo.
8th Oct '15 2:49:30 AM kknizaa
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* AlwaysMurder: Averted, although murder is involved in most of the stories. The exceptions are [[spoiler:"The Seer of the Sands" and "Time Waits for Norman"]] which involve unravelling an elaborate con, [[spoiler:"No Trace of Tracey"]], a kidnapping, [[spoiler:"The Curious Tale of Mr Spearfish"]], which explains a DealWithTheDevil, [[spoiler:"The Omega Man"]], a fake alien hoax, [[spoiler:"The Scented Room"]], a stolen painting, [[spoiler:"The Clue of the Savant's Thumb"]] an accidental death that gets covered up. Other episodes ''can'' contain a murder, but as a sub-plot that isn't part of the main mystery [[spoiler:"Miracle on Crooked Lane"]], whilst others have suicide or euthanasia as the solution.
** [[spoiler: Subverted with ''The Letters of Septimus Noone''- the victim survives, and it was never going to intentional murder.]]

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* AlwaysMurder: Averted, although murder Murder is involved in most of the stories. The exceptions are [[spoiler:"The Seer of the Sands" and "Time Waits for Norman"]] which involve unravelling an elaborate con, [[spoiler:"No Trace of Tracey"]], a kidnapping, [[spoiler:"The Curious Tale of Mr Spearfish"]], which explains a DealWithTheDevil, [[spoiler:"The Omega Man"]], a fake alien hoax, [[spoiler:"The Scented Room"]], a stolen painting, [[spoiler:"The Clue of the Savant's Thumb"]] an accidental death that gets covered up. Other episodes ''can'' contain a murder, but as a sub-plot that isn't part of the main mystery [[spoiler:"Miracle on Crooked Lane"]], whilst others have suicide or euthanasia as the solution.
** [[spoiler: Subverted with ''The Letters of Septimus Noone''- the victim survives, and it was never going to intentional murder.]]
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* BritainIsOnlyLondon: Averted, somewhat. Jonathan [[spoiler: initially]] lives in a windmill outside of London, and a good deal of his cases are at unspecified country locations. One, in particular, happens in Northumberland (much to Jonathan's dismay).



* DefectiveDetective: Subverted somewhat; Jonathan was a bit weird and anti-social, but often came across as more down-to-earth and well-adjusted than Maddy and especially Carla.



* FairPlayWhodunnit: The audience typically has the same set of clues that Jonathan does (bar one or two pieces of evidence - often police or medical records -- that would make the result too easy), but the solutions often take a bit of lateral thinking, making this an interesting case.
** Also subverted in that the audience rarely knows whether an episode is going to be a whodunnit or a howdunnit until TheSummation.
** Actively and somewhat irritatingly averted in one specific instance - in "Angel Hair," a small square of masking tape obscuring [[spoiler:the REC light on a VCR]] is not visible in the case's initial flashback, but is later visible during TheSummation's flashback of the same event.

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* FairPlayWhodunnit: The audience typically has the same set of clues that Jonathan does (bar one or two pieces of evidence - often police or medical records -- that would make the result too easy), but the solutions often take a bit of lateral thinking, making this an interesting case.
** Also subverted in that
case. Also, the audience rarely knows whether an episode is going to be a whodunnit or a howdunnit until TheSummation.
** Actively and somewhat One irritatingly averted in one specific unfair instance - in "Angel Hair," a small square of masking tape obscuring [[spoiler:the REC light on a VCR]] is not visible in the case's initial flashback, but is later visible during TheSummation's flashback of the same event.



%%* FridgeLogic: See {{JustBugsMe.JonathanCreek}}



** The UnresolvedSexualTension between Jonathan and Carla in season four is based on the fact that she's married to another man, and yet still obviously attracted to Jonathan. Somewhat {{deconstructed}} however in that Jonathan has no interest whatsoever in messing around with a married woman, despite his rather low opinion of Carla's husband. Also subverted in that her husband doesn't bat an eye at Carla passionately kissing Jonathan right in front of him -- he's just ''that'' secure.

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** The UnresolvedSexualTension between Jonathan and Carla in season four is based on the fact that she's married to another man, and yet still obviously attracted to Jonathan. Somewhat {{deconstructed}} however in that But Jonathan has no interest whatsoever in messing around with a married woman, despite his rather low opinion of Carla's husband. Also subverted in that her husband doesn't bat an eye at Carla passionately kissing Jonathan right in front of him -- he's just ''that'' secure.



* JerkwithaHeartofGold: Maddy can be bitchy, petty and immature but she also works to clear the name of wrongly accused people for little money.

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* JerkwithaHeartofGold: JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Maddy can be bitchy, petty and immature but she also works to clear the name of wrongly accused people for little money.



-->'''Adam:''' Several large crustaceans lodged in her windpipe. Kind of brings it home to you, doesn't it? How important it is to ... [[LackOfEmpathy always]] [[ComicallyMissingThePoint chew your food]].

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-->'''Adam:''' Several large crustaceans lodged in her windpipe. Kind of brings it home to you, doesn't it? How important it is to ... [[LackOfEmpathy always]] [[ComicallyMissingThePoint always chew your food]].



* MoralDissonance: The end of ''The Judas Tree'' in which [[spoiler:a pregnant woman is killed and a girl is framed and sent to jail for a crime she didn't commit. The whole thing was a set-up for a crime they committed when they were teenagers.]] Jonathan and Joey know the entire story, and yet [[spoiler:apparently decide to keep quiet]].
** It's not so much they [[spoiler:decide to keep quiet as they actually can't prove any of it.]] Harriet Dore [[spoiler:directly states that Jonathan's previous failure in court will pretty much destroy any credibility he has in presenting any new telling of events.]] Additionally the housekeeper [[spoiler:who is also aware of the truth pretty firmly tells the pair that because she overheard it from a confession box, she's obligated to keep it a secret.]]



* PositiveDiscrimination: Averted. Throughout the series there is only ''one'' female police investigator. She's just as useless in solving the crime as all the males.



** Averted in "The Judas Tree", where all we see is Jonathan's hypothesis and the implication that it is true, quite a way before the end of the episode.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Maddy to Carla, and then Carla to Joey.
** Although the UnresolvedSexualTension common to Maddy and Carla is averted for the most part with Joey. Otherwise played straight.

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** Averted in One exception is "The Judas Tree", where all we see is Jonathan's hypothesis and the implication that it is true, quite a way before the end of the episode.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Maddy to Carla, and then Carla to Joey.
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Joey. Although the UnresolvedSexualTension common to Maddy and Carla is averted missing for the most part with Joey. Otherwise played straight.Joey.



** Plenty of {{UST}} with Carla as well, with the added twist that between their first and second meetings, she's got married.
*** It's significant enough that Carla's husband outright asks them to play it up to boost viewer ratings for his show.
** Hinted at toward the end of Jonathan and Joey's first special together, when their respective romantic interests [[spoiler: end up with each other at the end.]] Other than that, notably averted for Joey as she and Jonathan operate more LikeBrotherAndSister.
*** By the time they meet again for ''The Case of the Savant's Thumb'' Jonathan is married.

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** Plenty of {{UST}} with Carla as well, with the added twist that between their first and second meetings, she's got married.
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married. It's significant enough that Carla's husband outright asks them to play it up to boost viewer ratings for his show.
** Hinted at toward the end of Jonathan and Joey's first special together, when their respective romantic interests [[spoiler: end up with each other at the end.]] Other than that, notably averted for Joey as she and Jonathan operate more LikeBrotherAndSister.
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LikeBrotherAndSister. By the time they meet again for ''The Case of the Savant's Thumb'' Jonathan is married.



** From "The Judas Tree": whatever happened to the man in the grass? Did anyone ever find him, or did he die out there? The ending implies that [[spoiler:he was a fragment of Emily's suppressed memory about her murder]].
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