Jonathan Creek s01e04 The Reconstituted Corpse (1997) – 7/10 black comedy crime mystery TV review

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Cast / crew
Jonathan Creek: Alan Davies
Maddy Magellan: Caroline Quentin
Executive Producer and Writer: David Renwick
Director: Marcus Mortimer
Kika Mirylees: Zola Zhzewski
Producer: Susan Belbin

Jonathan Creek s01e04 The Reconstituted Corpse (1997)

A woman is accused of killing her plastic surgeon after she wrote a tell-all book that he wasn’t happy about. Maddy investigates and manages to stumble across an alibi for her but then things take an unexpected twist and the mind of Jonathan Creek is required to unbaffle the impossible.


There’s no reason for Caroline Quentin’s Maddy Magellan to be involved in the investigation and it takes half-an-hour before the hook kicks in but when it does (SPOILER a body miraculously appears in a wardrobe) it’s, as Creek himself says, "a good one, isn’t it?" and the remaining twenty minutes fly by. The solution is impressively / distressingly mundane which is frequently the case with ‘impossible’ scenarios. Because the outcome is so astounding, you assume the cause must be astounding. This episode also contains one of the most unusual scenes ever filmed: a taxi driver giving change to a passenger.

This Jonathan Creek episode contains adult dialogue, mild sexual nudity, gun violence, unpleasant scenes

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.


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