GEEK­ING ON CREEK

Crime Scene con­jures up 20 amaz­ing facts, one for each year of mys­tery, magic and laughs…

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1

Ni­cholas Lyn­d­hurst and Hugh Lau­rie turned down the lead role, while Rik May­all was un­avail­able. Nigel Planer and An­gus Deay­ton were also con­sid­ered.

2

Co­me­dian Alan Davies was cast, de­spite his min­i­mal act­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. His first day saw Davies mis­taken for a lazy set run­ner.

3

Creator David Ren­wick cast An­nette Cros­bie ( above) from his sit­com One Foot In The Grave in the Series 1 episode, “The House Of Mon­keys”.

4

Jonathan Creek, a real place in Ken­tucky, USA, may have in­spired the series’ ti­tle.

5

Stage magic was orig­i­nally a big­ger el­e­ment of the show but that an­gle was cut back, for bud­getary rea­sons and its lack of rel­e­vance to the story arc.

6

An­thony Head ( left) played ma­gi­cian Adam Klaus in the pi­lot. How­ever, Head left the show af­ter that, ac­cept­ing a role in a new US series, Buffy The Vam­pire Slayer.

7

The series’ guest stars have in­cluded the co­me­di­ans Bob Monkhouse, Jack Dee, Re­becca Front, Mau­reen Lip­man and Bill Bai­ley plus, play­ing him­self in Series 3, Jonathan Ross.

8

For the series, in ad­di­tion to read­ing books by Hou­dini, David Ren­wick con­sulted ma­gi­cian Ali Bongo and a spe­cial ef­fects de­signer for Paul Daniels.

9

In the Series 2 episode “Danse Ma­cabre”, David Ren­wick him­self pro­vided the dis­torted voice of a killer who’s clad in a skele­ton cos­tume and dis­ap­pears on Hal­loween.

10

The late Rik May­all played DI Gideon Pryke in two episodes, 15 years apart. The char­ac­ter’s first name may be from John Dick­son Carr’s pro­tag­o­nist, Gideon Fell.

11

In Sea­son 2’s “The Scented Room”, the footage of side­kick Maddy Mag­el­lan’s old house be­ing de­mol­ished was ac­tu­ally re­cy­cled from an episode of A Touch Of Frost.

12

In Series 3 , Ren­wick gave Creek his own fan club, all of whom wear duf­fle coats. One Creek geek even ques­tioned the so­lu­tion to his pre­vi­ous case, “Jack In The Box”.

13

The le­gendary BBC pro­ducer Ver­ity Lam­bert, who helped to launch Doc­tor Who, worked on 20 episodes of Jonathan Creek.

14

There’s plenty of on­line fan fic­tion fea­tur­ing Creek but no of­fi­cial tie-in novel. In 1999, BBC Books pub­lished a guide to their new hit series, en­ti­tled The World Of Jonathan Creek, which in­cluded a fore­word by co­me­dian and guest star Bob Monkhouse.

15

Whoopi Gold­berg got in­volved as a pro­ducer dur­ing early plans for an Amer­i­can re­make of Creek as her grand­daugh­ter was a fan.

16

David Ren­wick ( above) made a cameo as a bowtie-wear­ing TV in­ter­viewer, quizzing Franklin Tar­tikoff (Nigel Planer), in 2013 episode “The Clue Of The Sa­vant’s Thumb”.

17

De­spite its pop­u­lar­ity, Jonathan Creek has never been show­ered with awards. The first series won Creek its first – and last – Bafta in 1998 in the Best Drama Series cat­e­gory.

18

Af­ter the Sher­lock Series 2 cliffhanger plunge, Alan Davies imp­ishly claimed the so­lu­tion could be found in the 1998 Creek episode, “The Prob­lem At Gal­lows Gate”.

19

Ac­tor Ross Arm­strong, who ap­peared in a 2014 episode, “The Let­ters Of Sep­ti­mus Noone”, has his de­but crime novel, The Watcher, pub­lished this De­cem­ber.

20

King’s Mill in Ship­ley, West Sus­sex ( right) starred as Creek’s home in the early years. Fans could visit un­til it was closed to the pub­lic in 2009.

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