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Trivia: Jonathan Creek
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Possibly second only to Doctor Who for having a reputation for well-known British actors in unlikely roles.
    • From Doctor Who:
      • The Fifth Doctor as a vicar in "Danse Macabre"
      • The Sixth is the murder victim in the pilot episode.
      • And the Eighth appears in the 2010 Easter special "The Judas Tree".
      • While Joey, Jonathan's partner from "The Grinning Man" onwards, is the Eighth Doctor's audio companion Lucie Miller.
      • The vicar from "The Judas Tree" is Churchill!
      • Romana appears in "Satan's Chimney".
      • Vicki is in "Jack in the Box".
      • Martha's mum Francine, meanwhile, stars in "The Curious Tale of Mr Spearfish".
      • And Carla is Emma.
    • Comedian Bob Monkhouse as the Asshole Victim Sylvester Le Fley in "The Scented Room" - Monkhouse later used this as an example for his comment "my non-comedic acting roles tend to be the sort of person who would keep their cocoa warm by burning down an orphanage".
    • "Black Canary" features Rik Mayall as Gideon Pryke, Kate Isitt as Charlotte, and Sanjeev Bhaskar as a doctor. Pryke returns in "The Case of the Savant's Thumb".
    • "The Curious Tale of Mr Spearfish" had Griff Rhys Jones as a lawyer.
    • Adrian Edmondson appears in a recurring role as Carla Borrego's husband in Series 4.
    • Comedian Jack Dee in "Angel Hair" as a songwriter who married a pop starlet (whose actress is probably still well-remembered from Coronation Street).
    • Hattie Hayridge appears as a comedy magician.
    • A somewhat obscure one: One of Adam's girlfriends was Eurydice in Jim Henson's The Storyteller.
    • Nigel Planer shows up as Maddy's blind date in "The Reconstituted Corpse".
    • Margret appears as Jonathan's doctor and the wife of the murder victim in "The House of Monkeys".
    • Gillian Bailey in "Gorgon's Wood" is also Prince Arthur's mother.
    • Eddy shows up in season 1 as a band member and season 2 as a bum.
    • Geoffrey McGivern appears in a few episodes as Maddy's publicist.
    • Bill Bailey appears twice as street performer Kenny Starkiss.
    • Susan Walker is Jonathan's wife Polly.
  • The Other Darrin: Adam Klaus was played by Anthony Head in the first episode but he had to drop out owing to his role in Buffy although his photo appears on Adam Klaus t-shirts and posters throughout Series One. From Series 2 onwards he's played by Stuart Milligan, and appears in pretty much every episode.
  • The Pete Best: Stuart Milligan is considered the definitive Adam Klaus, particularly since Anthony Stewart Head only played him in the pilot episode.
    • A straighter example is Maddy's cameraman boyfriend from the pilot (played by Alistair McGowan) who was intended to become a recurring character, but is never mentioned again.
  • Retroactive Recognition: The fake police guard in "The Three Gamblers" is a young Sgt. Bacchus! He changed a lot in the intervening decade, but you'll recognise the voice.
  • What Could Have Been: Previous candidates for the role of Jonathan included Rik Mayall, Hugh Laurie (who was still being typecast as an Upper-Class Twit back then) and even Bill Bailey.
    • Hugh Laurie was actually cast at one point before the pilot was filmed, but left the project because of Jonathan's reluctance to solve crimes — Laurie couldn't find the character's motivation for actually following Maddy on her investigations. Somewhat ironic, given that House is something of a Dr. Jerk Jonathan Creek - obsessed with puzzles, not so much with people.

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