Jonathan Creek s02e02 Time Waits for Norman (1998) – 8/10 black comedy crime mystery TV review

Cast / crew
Jonathan Creek: Alan Davies
Maddy Magellan: Caroline Quentin
Executive Producer and Writer: David Renwick
Dermot Crowley: Norman Stangerson
Deborah Grant: Antonia Stangerson
Producer: Verity Lambert
Director: Sandy Johnson

Jonathan Creek s02e02 Time Waits for Norman (1998)

Another mystery for Jonathan Creek when the husband of Maddy’s publisher appears to have been on two continents at the same time.


Imaginative and entertaining mystery. We love it when writers are cleverer than and surprise us and this is one of Renwick’s strengths. Renwick manages a couple of goodies in this episode. First is the comedy reveal regarding Creek’s amorous encounter with a tax inspector (SPOILER “Didn’t you get suspicious when you were running your fingers through her hair and she wasn’t even in the room?”) while the crime mystery features a note (“Oh, when I know to free hate, to sever no one”) whose meaning is brilliantly simple and ingenious (SPOILER it’s a phone number, read it out: 0190 238 2701). The explanation of the whole mystery is also delightfully impressive.

This Jonathan Creek episode contains mild unpleasant scenes of a burned foot, substance abuse (methylated spirits)

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.