Episode One GÇô Danse Macabre Best-selling author Emma Lazarus, popularly known as GÇ£The Queen Of HorrorGÇ¥,has been shot through the heart at the Cotswolds home of her daughter, Lorna Claithorne. But the date is October 31 GÇô Halloween GÇô and this is no ordinary murder. Inexplicably, the mystery killer has apparently evaporated like a puff of smoke, right in front of everyoneGÇÖs eyes. In the words of LornaGÇÖs husband,The Reverend Stephen Claithorne:GÇ£Some miracles you donGÇÖt want to believe in.GÇ¥ Maddy Magellan is called in to shed light on the problem, but quickly realises this a case for a specialist.This time, however, Jonathan Creek is too busy sorting out the love life of his boss, magician Adam Klaus, to be of much help. For the moment, at least, Maddy is on her own as her inquiries take her deep into a world of Gothic horror, reincarnation and disappearing skeletonsGÇª Guest Stars Meg Davies, Pippa Haywood and Peter Davison Episode Two GÇô Time Waits for Norman Businessman Norman Stangerson is a temporophobic, unable to relax whenever there is a watch or a clock ticking near him, reminding him that,with every second that passes,his life is slowly ebbing away.This little eccentricity apart, his life appears to be running smoothly. After the collapse of his partnership a few years ago, he has landed a lucrative job commuting across the Atlantic and his mar riage to his glamorous publisher wife Antonia could not be happier. But all that is to change one day when a stranger arrives at their house with some startling information GÇô information that could only be true if Norman Stangerson had somehow miraculously caused time to stand still.The man is clearly mistaken. Or is he? The further investigative journalist Maddy delves into the evidence, the more bizarre and apparently contradictory it all becomes.Can a man be in two places at the same time? And what is the secret behind the strangely cryptic message found inside NormanGÇÖs wallet? Only time and some shrewd detective work by Jonathan Creek will tellGÇª Guest stars Dermot Crowley and Deborah Grant Episode Three GÇô The Scented Room When a -ú1m painting is cut from its frame and stolen by an GÇ£invisibleGÇ¥ thief, Jonathan Creek seizes the chance to launch a personal vendetta against its owner. Theatre critic Sylvester Le Fley GÇô loathed the length and breadth of Shaftesbur y Avenue GÇô has just had a priceless art treasure stolen from his country retreat, Cicada Park. El GrecoGÇÖs Kiss Of Judas GÇô the pride of his collection GÇô has impossibly vanished from an empty, air-tight roomGÇª spirited away by an unseen intruder who appears to have been able to walk through walls. A classic problem, then, for illusionistGÇÖs consultant Jonathan Creek and one that doesnGÇÖt appear to tax his deductive powers for more than a few minutes. But if Le Fley and his lovely wife, Lady Teresa Cutler, now expect all to be revealed,they can think again.GÇ£I know exactly how your painting disappeared, Mr Le Fley,GÇ¥ says Creek.GÇ£IGÇÖm just not going to tell you.GÇ¥ Maddy is furious. Is Creek seriously prepared to turn down a -ú50,000 reward just to get his own back on a reviewer who described his last magic show as GÇ£a ragbag of charmless chicanery, ill-conceived by witless tricksters who appear to confuse mystery with miseryGÇ¥? Guest stars Bob Monkhouse and Christine Kavanagh Episode Four GÇô The Problem at Gallows Gate (Part One) Creek and Maddy face another impossible murder mystery when Adam KlausGÇÖsister witnesses a young woman being strangled in the window of a country cottage in the woods. A visit to the UK by legendary jazz trumpeter GÇ£BlindGÇ¥ Hewie Harper is a rare treat indeed and his itinerary will naturally include a call on his good friend,master magician Adam Klaus.A night of hell-raising with the GÇ£Rat-PackGÇ¥ is in prospect and, with luck, the King Of Cool will even be persuaded to guest-star on KlausGÇÖ forthcoming TV special. But there is a problem. KlausGÇÖ decidedly uncool sister Kitty, from Dumfries, has descended on the house like a Plague of Egypt, threatening to scupper her brotherGÇÖs plans and reduce him to a quivering wreck.As ever, creative consultant Jonathan Creek is given the job of damage limitation, and Kitty is duly removed from the premises for the night, to join Maddy and Creek on a Badger Watch organised by the local natural history society. But during the course of a long, cold night in the woods, Kitty is to see more than a few badgers as, once again, Jonathan Creek is plunged into a seemingly-impenetrable murder mystery that is to begin and end at the lonely country village of Gallows Gate. Guest stars Stuart Milligan, Clarke Peters and Jennifer Piercey Episode Five GÇô The Problem at Gallows Gate (Part Two) How was a beautiful young woman murdered by a man who had himself committed suicide a few weeks earlier? After a long, intimidating night being grilled by detectives at the local constabulary, Jonathan Creek and Maddy take stock of the bizarre and fairly baffling facts in the case before them.Three weeks after wealthy socialite Duncan Proctor hurled himself to his death at his ancestral home in Northumberland,he was apparently seen, by Adam KlausGÇÖ sister Kitty, strangling animator Felicity Vale in the window of her country cottage in Gallows Gate.When Maddy and Creek arrived to find her body lying in the bath, the house was locked from the inside, and there were several tantalising pieces of evidence. Eager to find out how a woman could be murdered by a ghost, Maddy drags Creek back to the scene of the crime, to interview FelicityGÇÖs house-mate, osteopath Clare Sallinger. Further astonishing developments lead Maddy to the victim GÇÖs former lover, Neville Bruce, and his new fianc+â-¬e, Kiko. But it is to Northumberland they must finally travel , insearch of a solution to the mystery. A solution that proves even stranger than either of them could have imagined. Guest stars Alistair Petrie, Jennifer Piercey, Annabel Mullion, Jessica Lloyd, Stephen Billington and Akemi Otani Episode Six GÇô Mother Redcap How was a High Court judge stabbed to death in his own bed in a room nobody could possibly have entered or left? As a trial of leading Chinese gangsters nears its close, a major security operation is under way at the home of the presiding judge, Forest Sweetland. On the eve of sentencing, a death threat has been received from the defendantsGÇÖ associates, declaring the judge will be dead by the morning. Despite a wall of police protection, Sweetland is found at 6am on the floor beside his bed, stabbed to death through the heart.An assailant would have had to pass the officers on duty to enter the room.With no clues to work from, except a torn, dirty fingernail that was found in the carpet,Detective Chief Inspector Ken Speed enlists the specialist services of Jonathan Creek GÇô but even he is hard pressed to make sense of the totally-illogical evidenceGÇª Why did the post mortem on the judgeGÇÖs injuries suggest he had put up no resistance, when he had clearly lurched out of bed,knocking all the items off his bedside table? And how does one explain the time of the digital clock which, according to his wife, had gone backwards? Before Creek can begin to explain SweetlandGÇÖs murder, he realises he must solve the puzzle of a series of baffling deaths that happened 50 years ago in a pub called the Mother Redcap. Guest stars Leonard Kavanagh and Brian Murphy
Jonathan Creek Series 2
Houdini meets whodunnit.