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Satan's Chimney 

A killer manages to fire a bullet through a plate glass window without breaking it, but how?


Sandy Johnson


David Renwick (by)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Marcus Knibbs Marcus Knibbs ... Bishop
Lorraine Hilton Lorraine Hilton ... Bishop's Wife
Mary Tamm ... Vivian Brodie
Nina Bhirangi Nina Bhirangi ... Continuity Girl
Steven Berkoff ... Herman Grole
Lisa Stokke Lisa Stokke ... Jodee Tressky (as Lisa Stökke)
Raymond Griffiths Raymond Griffiths ... Raymond
Matt Rippy ... Bronson Peterman
Alan Davies ... Jonathan Creek
Julia Sawalha ... Carla Borrego
Bill Ward ... Vernon Spools
Penny Smith Penny Smith ... Penny
Sonya Saul Sonya Saul ... Sonya
Stuart Milligan ... Adam Klaus
Bill Bailey ... Kenny Starkiss


A killer manages to fire a bullet through a plate glass window without breaking it, but how?

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

26 December 2001 (UK) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stuart Milligan and Jay Benedict both appear in this episode as magic performers. Both had uncredited minor speaking parts in Aliens (1986). Another Aliens alumnus Valerie Colgan (also in a minor speaking part) appears in Jonathan Creek episode 'The Scented Room' from Season 2. See more »


Herman Grole explains the legend of Doomsdorf Castle and says that in the sixteenth century Queen Mary of England used to punish Protestants by sending them to Doomsdorf to be dragged down to Hell. However, the castle is in Scotland, and Queen Mary ruled over England only. The kingdoms of England and Scotland had not been united at that time and she would have had no jurisdiction over Doomsdorf. See more »


References Double Indemnity (1944) See more »

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historically inaccurate but very good
5 January 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

This is really an excellent episode of Jonathan Creek, called Satan's Chimney. During filming at a Scottish castle, an actress is found dead in a locked room. Someone fired a bullet through a plate glass window - and didn't break it. Perfect mystery for Jonathan.

This episode introduces Julia Sawalha as Carla Borrego, an ex of Jonathan's who becomes his new sidekick.

The castle has a few secrets, including a chamber where people have been disappearing since the 1500s -- and, as they learn, are still disappearing. And the victim has a few secrets, too.

As far as the historical inaccuracy, I don't believe Protestants were persecuted in Scotland.

I have to say, I love the show, and I love this episode, but the show lost something when Caroline Quentin left. With her departure, suddenly the scripts started loading up on sexual innuendo (mostly due to Creek's lascivious magician boss).

It's still wonderful, and Alan Davies wonderfully underplays the cerebral and brilliant Jonathan, who knows a good magic trick when he sees one.

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