Jonathan Creek is one of those ‘tweener show that I never know what to make of. David Renwick’s long-running amateur sleuth show with a difference returned after a long break last year with a (disappointing, it has to be said) batch of new episodes, which heralded the renaissance of a very popular TV character. We’re getting one more, and the BBC has released skinny details.
This is what the BBC released:
Case file: Jonathan Creek
New Episode: Daemons’ Roost
Location: BBC One
Duration: 90-minute special
Date: Filming now
Lead investigator: Alan Davies (QI, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, Whites) returns as Jonathan Creek
Returning investigator: Sarah Alexander (The Worst Week Of My Life, Coupling) as Jonathan’s wife Polly
New suspects/persons of interest:
Warwick Davis (Star Wars, Life’s Too Short)
Emun Elliot (The Paradise, Game Of Thrones)
Ken Bones (Dr Who, Atlantis)
Rosalind March (Calendar Girls, The Evermoor Chronicles)
Jason Barnett (Agatha Raisin, Bad Education)
Jo Martin (Still Open All Hours, Doctors)
According to legend, a 19th century sorcerer named Jacob Surtees would summon the powers of Hell to terrorise and subjugate his victims at his home, Daemons’ Roost.
A hundred and fifty years after his death the house is occupied by another, equally macabre, figure: veteran horror film director Nathan Clore. With his health now failing he has summoned home his stepdaughter Alison, to share with her the chilling truth of what happened to her family there.
However, just days before her arrival Nathan Clore has suffered a debilitating stroke, rendering him terribly paralysed and unable to communicate the very truth that she has come to learn.
After assisting Alison’s husband in the past, Jonathan Creek is called upon to help again but as the story unfolds, with ever more sinister twists and turns, the gruesome rituals that were once enacted in the dungeon of Daemons’ Roost are frighteningly revived with horrifying consequences.
Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning: “Another sublime and intricately conceived treat from David Renwick and a welcome return for Alan Davies in this signature role. You can see the influence of David’s unique blend of dark comedy and crime drama across television since the debut of this show nearly 20 years ago, as it remains a pioneering class act and evergreen favourite with the audience.”
Alan Davies: “Jonathan Creek finds himself in real danger. It’s the spookiest episode ever.”
Police notes: Jonathan Creek is a BBC Studios production written by David Renwick, commissioned by Shane Allen, directed by Sandy Johnson (Cradle To Grave, Benidorm, The Incredible Adventures Of Professor Branestawm), produced by Rosemary McGowan and the Executive Producers are Steven Canny and David Renwick.