A box set of series 1 and 2 of the popular BBC drama. Jonathan Creek (Alan Davies) is a master of illusion and Maddy Magellan (Caroline Quentin) is an investigative crime writer. Together they form a duo who solve seemingly impossible crimes - working out how they did it as opposed to whodunnit. In 'The Wrestler's Tomb', conjuror's trick devisor Jonathan is reluctantly teamed with journalist Maddy to investigate the mysterious and inexplicable murder of artist Hedley Shale. 'Jack in the Box' sees Jonathan and Maddy called in when ageing comedian Jack Holiday dies, apparently having committed suicide at exactly the same time that the man convicted of murdering his first wife is released from prison. In 'The Reconstituted Corpse', Jonathan and Maddy are called in when a plastic surgeon is murdered. 'No Trace of Tracy' sees them attempting to discover the whereabouts of a teenage girl who vanished after keeping an appointment with her rock god idol, Roy Pilgrim - who claims never to have heard from her. In 'The House of Monkeys', Jonathan becomes involved in another inexplicable murder while receiving a check- up from a medical friend of the family. In 'Danse Macabre' the Reverend Stephen Claithorne (Peter Davison) asks Maddy to investigate his mother-in-law's death. 'Time Waits for Norman' sees the pair coming across a man who can be on two different continents a the same time. In 'The Scented Room' Jonathan refuses to reveal the secret behind the theft of a painting, as he hates the owner. In 'The Problem at the Gallows: Parts 1 and 2' the pair find themselves investigating a dead man, suspecting he is in fact a murder suspect. And finally, in 'Mother Redcap' Jonathan and Maddy investigate the murder of a High Court Judge, stabbed to death in his own bed whilst lying next to his sleeping wife.
Scruffy amateur detective and master of illusion Jonathan Creek (Alan Davies) teams up with investigative crime writer Maddy Magellan (Caroline Quentin) in Series 3, and theatrical agent-turned-TV presenter Carla Borrega (Julia Sawlha) in Series 4, to solve some more seemingly impossible cases in this offbeat crime drama. In 'The Curious Tale of Mr Spearfish', a man finds buried treasure - and seems to have become immortal - after supposedly making a pact with the devil. In 'The Eyes of Tiresias', a lonely old lady seemingly has premonitions of murder through her dreams. 'The Omega Man' sees Jonathan being hired by the US Government to help retrieve the skeleton of an alien that has mysteriously disappeared. In 'Ghost's Forge', Maddy apparently disappears into thin air when she, Jonathan and Mimi are investigating the murder of an elderly recluse. 'Miracle in Crooked Lane' sees a rebellious young woman appear to be in two places at once: after a horrifying accident, she is lying in a coma in hospital with severe burns - so how can she have been seen in the village church repenting her sins? 'The Three Gamblers' sees Jonathan and Maddy, intrigued by a strange tale about a murdered drug-runner who seems to haunt his killers using voodoo, carrying out their investigations in the ruins of an isolated farmhouse. In 'Satan's Chimney', the 2001 Christmas Special, Jonathan teams up with the prim and pushy Carla in the absence of Maddy, who is in the US publicising her latest book. Carla is the agent for Alan Kalanak (Jay Benedict), an American escapologist with whom Jonathan is keen to work. When a famous actress, Vivian Brodie (Mary Tamm) is murdered on the set of her latest film, Jonathan and Carla set out to disclose a method and a motive for the killing. Their investigation takes them to Doomdorf, a remote Scottish castle owned by the film's director Herman Grole (Steven Berkoff). 'The Coonskin Cap' sees Carla becoming the presenter of her new husband's real crime TV show. Asked to investigate a series of murders committed by a man wearing a Davey Crockett-style coonskin cap, she is less than pleased to discover that her husband, Brendan Baxter (Adrian Edmondson) has invited Jonathan Creek to assist with their inquiries. In 'Angel Hair', Jonathan and Carla puzzle over a case in which Maria, (Marie Boyle), the air hostess mistress of successful composer Dudley Houseman (Jack Dee), appears in a video seemingly intended to extort money from Houseman. But how could Maria's hair, which is cropped short in the video, possibly have grown back to shoulder-length in just one day? 'The Tailor's Dummy' sees Jonathan being distracted from his latest case, in which the apparent suicide of fashion designer Marco Bergman (Jeffrey Segal) begins to look suspicious after features writer Donna Henry (Jill Baker) is also attacked, by a new element in Brendan Baxter's TV show featuring a lie detector test used live on air. In 'The Seer of the Sands', Jonathan and Carla struggle to find an explanation for the death of Justin Mallory (Jonathan Kydd), a 'ghost hunter' who has spent his life investigating the spirit world and exposing fraud and exploitation. But when he dies in a boating accident and his body mysteriously disappears, is it possible that he has been wrong, and that his spirit is desperately trying to communicate with his lover Geraldine (Lorelei King)? In 'The Chequered Box', a highly respected police officer, Detective Inspector Adrian Fell (Colin McFarlane) is seemingly revealed as a ruthless killer when a reporter witnesses him at the scene of a murder. Jonathan and Carla are on the case - but are they getting too close to the truth? 'Gorgon's Wood' sees the disappearance from a small town museum of a priceless porcelain figure that once belonged to the mystic monk Sikoto-no. When Jonathan and Carla are called in to investigate, the trail takes them deep into a mysterious wood, where a gnarled old beech tree holds the key to the puzzle.
Scruffy amateur detective and master of illusion Jonathan Creek (Alan Davies) returns to the screen in this fifth series of the BBC drama. Though Jonathan believes he has left his investigating days behind him when he moves out of his converted windmill home and into a grand country house with his new wife Polly (Sarah Alexander) old habits die hard and he quickly finds himself caught up in a number of new mysteries. The episodes are: 'The Clue of the Savant's Thumb', 'The Letters of Septimus Noone' and 'The Sinner and the Sandman'.