Jonathan Creek s01e06 The House of Monkeys (1997) – 6/10 black comedy murder mystery TV review

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Cast / crew
Jonathan Creek: Alan Davies
Maddy Magellan: Caroline Quentin
Writer: David Renwick
Director: Sandy Johnson
Annette Crosbie: Ingrid Strange
Executive Producer: David Renwick
Producer: Susan Belbin

Jonathan Creek s01e06 The House of Monkeys (1997)

A family friend of Jonathan’s is found dead in a room locked from the inside. While that indicates suicide, the samurai sword impaled through his back rather indicates murder.

6/10

The big problem with having gorillas in your story is that the audience immediately thinks ‘why have they got someone in a gorilla suit walking around the place?’ Even if it’s a terrific suit and performance, and this is, it still never feels like a gorilla. It appears to exist largely for a great bathroom gag (SPOILER) though the gorilla does also provide a clue in the death. While the episode uses an impressive misdirection to confound matters the murder eventually feels horribly straight-forward and plausible (SPOILER poison on the lickable gum of a self-addressed envelope).

This Jonathan Creek episode contains adult dialogue, bad language, sexuality, very unpleasant and slightly gory scenes

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

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