Jonathan Creek 4.02 Angel Hair (2003) – 7/10 black comedy crime drama TV review

Cast / crew
Alan Davies: Jonathan Creek
Julia Sawalha: Carla Borrego
Writer: David Renwick
Adrian Edmondson: Brendan Baxter
Jack Dee: Dudley Houseman
Sophie Thompson: Dorothy Moon
Tamsin Greig: Pam
Caroline Carver: Sally Ellen Oakley
Producer: Verity Lambert
Director: Christine Gernon

Jonathan Creek 4.02 Angel Hair (2003)

When a jealous wife drags her love rival across the lawn by her long, blonde hair it makes the discovery of a video tape of her own faked kidnapping utterly baffling. It was clearly recorded just a day or two earlier and she has all her beautiful long, blonde hair shorn off.


Rather more fun than the previous episode, this is decent entertainment. The unexpected gags this time are really, really good (SPOILER they both involve ventriloquist’s dummies) while the kidnapping plot is good enough and the sideplot with a woman (Tamsin Greig) on the rebound from losing her dog is excellent fun. Jack Dee struggles as a morose adulterous husband who married a musical sex icon but doesn’t get to see that when she gets home and takes her make-up off and puts her baggy clothes on. It’s a really interesting topic but Dee’s unconvincing performance overwhelms the thought-provoking reality.

This Jonathan Creek episode contains strong adult dialogue, mild swear words and violence and sexuality.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.


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