Jonathan Creek s02e06 Mother Redcap (1998) – 8/10 black comedy crime drama TV review

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Cast / crew
Jonathan Creek: Alan Davies
Maddy Magellan: Caroline Quentin
Writer: David Renwick
Brian Murphy: Ken Speed
Nicola Walker: WPC Fay Radnor
Producer: Verity Lambert
Director: Keith Washington
Executive Producer: David Renwick

Jonathan Creek s02e06 Mother Redcap (1998)

A judge is precisely stabbed to death inside his bedroom while guarded outside the door by two police officers. Bars on the windows prevent any other way in and the police are seriously investigating an assassin who can disappear into thin air.


With two fun baffling cases to sort out squished into a single episode, this Creek is a good one. Renwick still finds time for the unusual gag as one of the characters is a nudist (and apparently they like to live half-a-dozen to a house) and another sticks her tongue out when she eats which freaks Jonathan out. The two cases turn out to be related which works well as it allows the murder of the judge (which felt pretty obvious as to who dun-it) to have a completely baffling clue (a broken finger nail). I’m not entirely sure about the extra death at the end (SPOILER Brian Murphy’s detective); it adds a bit of character for Creek (who sidesteps the credit for the solution), but it’s a rather odd moment.

This Jonathan Creek episode contains gory and unpleasant scenes, violence and really gross scenes of a broken finger nail

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


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