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  • Actors: Alan Davies, Caroline Quentin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 324 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GYI3MW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,284 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jonathan Creek - Season One" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Five episodes
  • Long Hair and Duffel Coat: exclusive interviews with cast, writer, and crew
  • Commentary by David Renwick and Marcus Mortimer on The Wrestler's Tomb
  • Alan and Caroline's screen test

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Jonathan Creek: Season One (Dbl DVD)

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In any successful murder mystery, the personality of the sleuth is as important as the puzzle solved--and Jonathan Creek has two of the most charming detectives in recent memory. A reclusive, socially maladept inventor of illusions for a professional magician, Jonathan Creek (stand-up comedian Alan Davies) gets drawn into the investigations of pushy journalist Madeline "Maddy" Magellan (Caroline Quentin, Men Behaving Badly) whenever Maddy confronts something seemingly impossible: When a man shoot himself in a sealed underground bomb shelter, but his crippling arthritis makes it impossible for him to pull the trigger, as in one episode; or when a girl disappears when she enters an aging rock star's house--but the rock star himself, who's been chained to a radiator in the entry room by burglars, insists he never saw the girl come through the door; or when a scientist is stabbed in the back in a locked room in a house full of monkeys. Creek gathers the clues and, knowing that seamless mysteries can be the result of improbable effort, susses out the sometimes preposterous solutions while he and Maddy flirt in the most awkward, neurotic, and utterly true-to-life way. Davies and Quentin are thoroughly engaging actors but do not look like movie stars, and therein lies much of their appeal; the astonishing murders are perfectly balanced by the actors' flesh-and-blood genuineness. The plots are cunning, the dialogue brisk, and the supporting casts dependable, but Jonathan Creek rides on the shoulders of its leads, who carry it with magical ease. --Bret Fetzer

Customer Reviews

VERY good scripts and acting.
Seen Them All
If you like subtle and clever humor, with some unusual mystery thrown in, this series is for you.
John D. Muir
This is one of the cleverest shows I've seen in a long time.
kitjank

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Seen Them All on August 12, 2006
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It's about time..!!!.....this is a series of mysteries involving Jonathan (who designs magic tricks for a magician) and Maddy who is a journalist. Maddy always seems to get into situations where she needs Jonathan to bail her out. VERY good scripts and acting. If you like real British mysteries with lots of twists then this is the series to buy. Can't wait to see them again.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John D. Muir on December 27, 2006
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I'm so happy that season one of Jonathan Creek has been released in North America. This season, which features Alan Davies and Caroline Quentin (another reviewer refers to an actress and plot from shows which haven't been released yet) creates a wonderful relationship between the two stars. What appeals to me about the series is not the solutions to the mysteries. They are ingenious, but not always very plausible or, in some cases, original; Dorothy L. Sayers provided some of the inspiration for one of the stories in her book Busman's Honeymoon, written in 1935!

What makes this series memorable is the clever and funny writing and the not-quite-fulfilled relationship between the lead characters. Jonathan, who devises stage illusions, is quiet and thoughtful, but has some great lines delivered with impeccable timing by Alan Davies, who cut his teeth as a comedian. His way of saying "Hmmmm" is priceless- you always know exactly what he means. Maddy, the journalist, is loud and vulgar and over the top, and Caroline Quentin plays her with great relish. The two make perfect foils for each other- by the end of the series the viewer is left wondering whether they will ever get together, but hoping that they will.

The photography is beautiful, the locations outstanding (Jonathan lives in a windmill in Sussex) and the support players are of the usual high standard in BBC productions. If you like subtle and clever humor, with some unusual mystery thrown in, this series is for you. I'm eagerly waiting for the next series to be released.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Maloney on September 9, 2006
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I discovered this show on BBC America after hearing some good buzz on the internet and I wasn't disappointed. Alan Davies is great in the title role as a man who thinks 'outside the box' to come up with great illusions for a popular magician. His unusual way of seeing things turns out to be useful in solving crimes and he finds himself teamed with Maddy Magellan in a series of clever mysteries.

I can't recommend this series enough. Let's hope the other seasons will be released here in the US soon.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By kitjank VINE VOICE on March 11, 2007
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This is one of the cleverest shows I've seen in a long time. It reminds me somewhat of "Lovejoy". You can easily spend an evening watching the entire 1st series and being throughly entertained. Jonathan and Maddie are just wonderful the way they play off each other. If you want a detecive show with lots of blood and violence, you'll have to look elsewhere. If you want an entertaing, fun and something a little differnet then this is worth checking out. I hope they will release the rest of them soon.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MCharles on February 16, 2007
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I loved this show when I first saw it on BBC America! It's hard to catch an episode these days, but I occasionally find one on BBC or PBS. Since they are shown so seldom these days, I was elated to find this DVD set. I hope the other seasons are released soon!

If you haven't seen the show, it's a comedy/mystery series, where the mysteries are usually something that seems totally inexplicable. I love the aspect of seeing "how it was done", but I also love the characters. I would definitely recommend this item.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Paxton on January 5, 2007
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A comedy mystery series that is a lot of fun because the characters are as real as they are quirky. The actors do a great job of making you care about their characters' predicaments. You will be glad you spent time with them to solve a mystery (which is really secondary to the complex relationships of the main characters). Alan Davies and Caroline Quentin have an interesting chemistry that is anything but predictable. They are terrific and make this series poignant and entertaining.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Kaitlyn on July 4, 2007
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So clever, witty and engaging. I wish the series had lasted longer. One of the funniest, smartest shows on TV. Phenomenal acting by both actors, and Alan Davies is so cute as well!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jane Austen on January 11, 2007
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I have loved this series ever since I saw it on cable and prayed it would be put in the U.S. on DVD. It is the very best. I can't wait for the rest to come out.
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Anyone know if these are the edited or unedited episodes?
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I'm in the middle of watching the American release of series 1 now. Episode 1 clocked in at just under an hour and a half. The others so far have lasted about 58 minutes each. According to what I've read, these were the... Read More
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I wouldn't worry too much about the UK release as the quality of the prints used for the Season 1 & 2 release/part of the boxset is a disgrace. You'd think it was a thirty year old show for all the dirt and marks that constantly appear throughout the episodes, to the point of utter annoyance. ... Read More
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