Jonathan Creek 1.05 No Trace of Tracy (1997, BLack Comedy Crime Mystery) – 6/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Alan Davies: Jonathan Creek
Caroline Quentin: Maddy Magellan
Writer: David Renwick
Director: Sandy Johnson
Ralph Brown: Roy Pilgrim
Executive Producer: David Renwick
Producer: Susan Belbin
Sandy Johnson: Policeman

Jonathan Creek 1.05 No Trace of Tracy (1997)

A 16-year-old girl, Tracy Cook, calls round to visit her hero, rock star Roy Pilgrim. Half a dozen schoolboys see her walk in through the French windows at the back of the house, into the white room. At the exact same time, four o’clock, Pilgrim swears he was in the room, fully conscious, handcuffed to the radiator, and saw no one come in.


This is an example of the kind of illusion that takes an mammoth amount of work that the audience wouldn’t consider viable ‘just for a magic trick.’ All the time, your brain is screaming to you the obvious solution but you might easily dismiss it because it would take so much effort to pull off. The sexual tension side of things is needlessly played up; needless because the central crime mystery is more than interesting enough by itself. It would take a long time for Renwick and his producer to get off that particular crutch. Director Sandy Johnson cameos as the beautifully moustachioed policeman.

This Jonathan Creek episode contains a mild swear word and frog abuse and very unpleasant scenes and arboreal fondling.

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


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