Every now and again I learn something about Jonathan Creek which doesn't really belong on the Noticeboard Page but which is still interesting, and you might like to know! If you know of anything that could go on this page, let me know!
A map of Jonathan Creek in the USA See Jonathan Creek on Google maps
Jonathan Creek is actually a real place in Kentucky, USA. David and his wife drove through it whilst on holiday,
and he stored the name away for future reference
Maddy's fourth floor flat in season one was also the block of flats used in the series Crime Traveller
The BBC were in talks with Alan Davies to play the part of Jonathan Creek, but he managed to clinch the role by turning up to a BBC Christmas party in his now famous duffel coat. The duffel coat is actually Alan's own coat!
David Renwick wrote the part of Maddy for Caroline Quentin
The BBC commissioned a second series even before the first on was aired in the UK.
The distorted voice of the "skeleton" in Danse Macabre was actually provided by David Renwick!
Director Sandy Johnson has made two on-screen appearances in Jonathan Creek: as a paramedic watching the frog being removed from Toby Flowers' windpipe in No Trace of Tracy; and as the man who is surprised to find Maddy in the Gents toilet in Time Waits for Norman
The garage at the rectory in Danse Macabre was built specially for the show, from Cotswald stone, and then demolished again after filming was completed.
The friend playing chess with Maddy in Time Waits for Norman is Steve Nallon, star of Spitting Image and legendary Margaret Thatcher impersonator.
Cicada Park, home to Sylvester Le Fley (played by Bob Monkhouse) in the The Scented Room was actually Losely House in Surrey. However, the interior of the "Flemish Gallery" and El Greco Room were specially built at Pinewood Studios. As were the upstairs rooms of the Mother Redcap pub in The Mother Redcap.
The shots of Maddy's house being knocked down in The Scented Room, were actually recycled from an episode of A Touch of Frost, because there were no suitable demolitions taking place in London at the time of production.
In The Mother Redcap, the three Chinese hit men seen in Ken Speed's photographs, and later in the police cells, are in fact all the same actor.
The character of Detective Inspector Gideon Pryke was name after Gideon Fell, a character created by John Dickson Carr. Carr is famous for writing over 50 locked room mysteries (both books and radio plays). The name Pryke was the name of freelance reporter in Luton who once interviewed David Renwick for a job.
Maddy's house in season two was in Chelsea in a road off of the Fulham Road.
The interior of Maddy's flat in season three was actually filmed in a studio.
In Tasmania there is a TV reporter called Jonathan Creek.
The castle in the 2001 Christmas special, Satan's Chimney is actually a composite of a number of locations and sets: David Renwick tells us, "Doomdorf Castle was, in the end, an amalgam of elements: genuine Scottish exteriors were filmed at Bridge of Orchy, into which we electronically placed our main location, Raby Castle just outside Darlington. The castle itself was enhanced, however, with turrets and spires from Glamis castle, also in Scotland. So the outline of Doomdorf does not in reality exist, but is a computer-generated composite. Castle interiors such as the dining hall and one of the stairwells were shot at Raby, and the dungeons, passageways and bedrooms all built as sets at Pinewood."
Here is how to get your Nokia (It definately works on the Nokia 3210e) to play the Jonathan Creek Theme tune when it rings. Chose the option of composing your own tune, and then type in the following:-
4d1, 4g1, 4- , 4g1, 4f1, 4-, 4f1, 4e1, 4-, 4e1, 4#d1, 4-, 4#d1, 4d1, 4e1, 4g1, 4#f1, 4e1, 4d1, 4e1, 4-, 4e1, 4#f1, 4-, 4d1, 4g1, 4-, 4g1, 4f1, 4-, 4f1, 4e1, 4-, 4e1, 4#d1, 4-, 4#d1, 4d, 4g1, 4#a1, 4a1, 4#f1, 4d1, 4#f1, 4-, 4e1, 4d1. The tune has a tempo of 225bpm, and was sent in by Wayne R. Mason.
Jonathan Creek has won the following awards:-
National TV Awards
Most Popular Drama Series
Broadcast Production Award
Royal Television Society Awards
The viewing figures for Jonathan Creek are:
Season & Episode
Title of Episode
Viewing figures in millions
Season Average in millions
Season 1, Episode 1
The Wrestlers Tomb
Season 1, Episode 2
Jack in a Box
Season 1, Episode 3
The Reconstituted Corpse
Season 1, Episode 4
No Trace of Tracy
Season 1, Episode 5
House of Monkeys
Season 2, Episode 1
Season 2, Episode 2
Time waits for Norman
Season 2, Episode 3
The Scented Room
Season 2, Episode 4
The Problems at Gallows Gate Part I
Season 2, Episode 5
The Problems at Gallows Gate Part II
Season 2, Episode 6
Christmas Special 1998
1998 Christmas Special
Season 3, Episode 1
The Curious Tale of Mr. Spearfish
Season 3, Episode 2
The Eyes of Tiresias
Season 3, Episode 3
The Omega Man
Season 3, Episode 4
Season 3, Episode 5
Miracle in Crooked Lane
Season 3, Episode 6
The Three Gamblers
Christmas Special 2001
Christmas Special 2001
Season 4, Episode 1
The Coonskin Cap
Season 4, Episode 2
Season 4, Episode 3
The Tailor's Dummy
Season 4, Episode 4
The Seer of the Sands
Season 4, Episode 5
The Chequered Box
Season 4, Episode 6
Christmas Special 2008
Christmas Special 2008
The Grinning Man
The writer of this website had an uncredited bit part in the episode The Grinning Man. She is seen taking a baby from Candy Mountains. The baby was her own son who was around five months old at the time.