Jonathan Creek (1997–2016)
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The Clue of the Savant's Thumb 

Joey Ross draws Jonathan into a complex case involving a secret society, seemingly supernatural events at a girls' boarding school, and the miraculous disappearance of a body.


David Renwick


David Renwick (by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joanna Lumley ... Rosalind Tartikoff
Anna Burnett ... Young Rosalind
Lucie Wolfman Lucie Wolfman ... Grace
Lydia Gerrard Lydia Gerrard ... Young Beth
Angelica Jopling ... Kate
Mairéad Conneely Mairéad Conneely ... Sister Cunegonde
Nigel Planer ... Franklin Tartikoff
Michael Lumsden ... Peter Churchill
Abigail McKern Abigail McKern ... Beth
Hasina Haque ... Fariba Tartikoff
Mark Frost ... Brad
Sheridan Smith ... Joey Ross
Robert Styles Robert Styles ... Jack
Louise Yates Louise Yates ... Davina
Sarah Alexander ... Polly Creek


Now working for an advertising agency, Jonathan attends a function where he meets satirist Franklin Tartikoff and his wife Rosalind. Some while later, on the same day their adoptive daughter Fariba is returning from the Andemans, Rosalind, having returned from a school-mate's funeral, sees Franklin's corpse through the keyhole of his locked study door but when the police, led by wheelchair-bound Inspector Pryke, arrive the body has vanished. Paranormal investigator Joey Ross asks Jonathan to help with the enquiry and they learn that Rosalind is haunted by the death of a fellow pupil at a botched religious ceremony at school over forty years earlier. After an attempt is made to kill Fariba, Jonathan discovers just how Franklin died and how the illusion of the locked door was created. However the reason for Franklin's demise involves a sinister government plot and Jonathan and his associates are in danger before the case is finally resolved. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



Did You Know?


Sarah Alexander (Polly) is the third actor from 'Coupling' to appear on this show. Her costars, Kate Isitt and Gina Bellman each appeared in one episode each before 'Coupling' debuted. See more »


Misspellings: a book cover has the word 'aetheism', and the DVD TV show intro has 'millionare'. See more »


References The Wicker Man (1973) See more »

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Not terrible (bot certainly not terrific)
3 April 2013 | by rubenvanbergenSee all my reviews

This new special is not as terrible as other reviewers would have you believe. I believe it's more disappointing than intrinsically bad. Had this been the first time I ever watched Jonathan Creek, I imagine I might have enjoyed it.

However, with the series strong track record in mind, this Easter special feels laboured and not very fresh. The central mystery - a body vanishing from a locked room - is making its 3rd appearance in the show's history (at least), and on one occasion the solution was practically the same. Seasoned fans (Creekians? Creeksters?) therefore may find themselves puzzling most of it together well before the final reveal. The novice viewer, however, might well be in the dark to the end and get that great satisfaction that fans have come to love.

What bothered me more, though, were the side-plots. The whole business at the school felt bit messy and wasn't a good enough mystery to warrant so much screen time. And the bit tucked on at the end just felt excessive, adding absolutely nothing to the story. But my real beef is with the flimsy and implausible "spiritual" motive that makes an uncalled-for sideways entry at the end, and which is decidedly un- Creekian.

Still, I just haven't the heart to flunk this episode. I'm too fond of the series for that, and part of me will always be happy to see some more of it. I just hope that the new series, which is in the pipeline for 2014, won't push me over the edge into bitterness territory.

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