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Jonathan Creek - Season One (2006)

Alan Davies , Caroline Quentin  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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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 (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GYI3MW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,415 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)

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

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding British TV 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
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not just the ending. December 27, 2006
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great British mystery series... September 9, 2006
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series with terrific actors. January 5, 2007
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
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic July 4, 2007
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Jonathan Creek January 11, 2007
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Alan Davies is wonderful in everything he does, serious or comedy.
Alan Davies is amazing. Love him!
Published 1 month ago by Charlene A. Wrighton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Franco
5.0 out of 5 stars "Right Now? We're the Only Hope You've Got..."
This is my favourite television show of all time. And no, that's not hyperbole. I have loved this show for years; I own the DVD box-set, and quite often I have an episode playing... Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. M. Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
Clever, and a fun BBC show. I am an Alan Davies comedy fan and this was very good as well. Similar to the mentalist trying to figure out who done it.
Published 7 months ago by Chad Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Jonathan Creek
I started watching this series when I visited in Great Britain and I'm so glad it can be purchased on DVD here in America. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Anne Manning
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC's Best
The BBC has some great programing and this is one of my absolute favorites. If you like a mystery with a little humor buy this series.
Published 11 months ago by Cynthia Ott
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this show
I'm never sure if a review of a DVD is supposed to be about how one likes the show or what the quality of the DVD(s) are. Read more
Published 13 months ago by ladylawdawg
5.0 out of 5 stars Jonathan Creek - Season One
Yes, love this series! Nice to be able to find something twenty years old on a modern dvd. It arrived on time and in great condition. Thank you!
Published 16 months ago by yoda
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the better mystery series on British tv.
This is intellectual and entertaining. Wish they had made more. Wish we had them on american tv instead of reality shows.
Published 17 months ago by ghostwriter
3.0 out of 5 stars The cliche partner harms the show
I'd love to give this series a better review as I like the premise a lot and Alan Davies' character is fun, but the part of his crime solving partner Maddy is absolutely painful. Read more
Published on December 30, 2011 by A. Crane
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Anyone know if these are the edited or unedited episodes?
I know this is a few years late, but in case anyone else is wondering...

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
Oct 3, 2010 by L. Nelson |  See all 4 posts
Expected episode list, and known special features (and a rant)
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
Sep 16, 2007 by Lee Majors |  See all 3 posts
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