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Jonathan Creek – Daemons’ Roost [DVD] [2017]

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Jonathan had assisted the daughter’s husband years earlier when he was accused of murdering his first wife and is now asked to help discover the truth of what happened and what the message might have been. Earlier this evening, I was feeling somewhat tired when I happened to remember a comment on my latest “Sherlock” review which recommended the “Jonathan Creek” Christmas special. Despite this death knell hanging over Renwick’s second best creation ( the first being well and truly buried), a three part 2014 mini-series was commissioned, but again disappointed many fans as the strange character restyling continued to the detriment of the actual puzzle solving. What I like about this episode, and with much of the Creek series as a whole is Renwick’s mixing of time periods in his impossible situations. Five series and six specials of the British mystery crime drama series Jonathan Creek have been broadcast since its debut in 1997.

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Events take a twist when a wristwatch found at the scene belongs to a woman who has been kidnapped and held for ransom. A painting disappears from a locked room and the owner, theatre critic Sylvester Le Fley, offers a large reward for its recovery, which tempts Maddy. Unfortunately, throughout the many series and specials, Renwick's writing of the main female character playing opposite Creek has been deeply irritating to me as a woman. It’s my job to put it back together,” May quips, before a rare moment of tension when he can’t place his magnetising kit.Ok, there wasn’t anything from the cyberpunk genre in there, but it was still one of the best modern TV shows I’ve seen for a while.

Jonathan and Maddy begin to realise that the man Kitty saw may not have even died in the first place.But this decision turned to tragedy as two of his step daughters and their mother die under strange circumstances. As he aids in the supernatural investigation, Jonathan finds himself also confronting events from his own past. However, the postmortem reveals that she had already been dead for several hours, and there are no other footprints around the body despite the husband seeing someone talking to her and fleeing before she pulled the trigger. By the time Danse Macabre’s finished playing it looks like it’s going to go hard on the horror and the grand guignol. But there were some holes and difficulties in Daemons Roost, mostly in terms of plotting and motivation.

By visibly removing the magic elements from Creek’s life – both figuratively and literally – let’s hope he’s not doing the same for the future of the show.

Antonia, a friend of Maddy's, asks her and Jonathan to discover what her husband, Norman, has been up to after reliable independent witnesses place him on both sides of the Atlantic only minutes apart. Daemons’ Roost is certainly not the tidiest or most compact episode of Jonathan Creek ever made but I think it is broadly successful nonetheless in marrying the elements of the show’s past and then-present to deliver an intriguing and entertaining ninety minutes of television. The detection-based scenes are well-thought out and filled with interesting deductions and fiendish schemes.

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