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The ghost of a madman who preys upon human flesh

03/06/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Alan Davies - aka the magician - is set to return as Jonathan Creek for a one-off special of the fantasy detective series written by David Renwick, due for transmission on BBC One late 2008. Jonathan Creek was last broadcast on the BBC in 2004 (it got a BAFTA). Many say that's editor Geoff bears an uncanny resemblance to curly-haired buff-god Jonathan Creek.

The fantasy drama about the adventures of Jonathan Creek, the master of illusion who uses his brilliance and intellect to explain the unexplainable and supernatural, begins filming this summer with guest star Sheridan Smith (Love Soup; Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps). Stuart Milligan returns as illusionist Adam Klaus, Creek's employer.

Alan Davies told, "For the last five years whenever I've passed a locked room I've thought there might be a mystery lurking behind it, so I'm very happy to return to Jonathan Creek and to have something to actually solve. I'm also chuffed that Sheridan Smith is joining us, she's going to be great."

Writer David Renwick added, "After a five-year break I think we're all looking forward to getting Creek back on the screen and the BBC appear to be quite excited, so fingers crossed."

When Creek is called in to solve unexplained events in a vast Gothic house, following several disappearances inside a gloomy old attic known as The Nightmare Room, he is completely baffled. For 70 years the room has been claiming lives. Could the ghost of a madman who preys upon human flesh really be to blame? When two young women take shelter there from a raging thunderstorm one night, it's not long before the ominous presence has claimed another victim.

Determined to get to the truth about what has happened to her friend, the fearlessly sceptical Joey Ross (Sheridan Smith) finds herself working alongside veteran lateral thinker Jonathan Creek. Together they embark on a complex, often dangerous, investigation into a mystery which only continues to deepen... Can Jonathan Creek once again shed light on the riddle and render the impossible possible? Or are his once formidable powers of deduction about to be eclipsed by the raw intuition of his younger counterpart?

Written by David Renwick (One Foot In The Grave; Love Soup), Jonathan Creek is produced by Nerys Evans (Jam & Jerusalem). The executive producer is Peter Thornton (Jam & Jerusalem;The Smoking Room).

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