Jonathan Creek: The Letters of Septimus Noone

“Yes, she was stupid, yes, she was mad, but she was mad for the right reasons and thank God for people like that sometimes.”

Jonathan Creek

It’s always nice to see Jonathan Creek again, isn’t it?

This week, the illusionist detective finds himself caught up in a real life locked-room mystery: the stabbing of an actress taking part in, get this, a theatrical production of a fictional locked-room mystery. He is helped (or, rather, hindered) by a wannabe forensic scientist who clearly fancies himself as a real-life Sherlock and…well, it’s all delightfully meta.

Which is just as well, really, since this is one of those “mysteries” whose answer you are rather helpfully given right at the beginning. The fun here, apparently, is in watching Creek and Wannabe Forensic Scientist trying to work the thing out, and, incidentally, solving another, more personal mystery from Mrs Creek’s past.

It was, certainly, a far better offering than the train-wreck that was The Clue of the Savant’s Thumb, the last Creek mystery we were treated to: an unambitious, gently humorous episode with some engaging side-characters (the make-up artist and Sharon the Insensitive Mother stood out particularly), a funny little parody of, well, Sherlock and Other Murder Mysteries (I particularly liked that the Let Me Tell You A Story bit happened on stage – it’s all a bit of a performance, isn’t it?) and, as a sort of bonus, a couple of musical numbers. Intelligent, a little bit creepy and quietly optimistic, plus Jonathan Creek. Excellent Saturday-night entertainment.

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