Jonathan Creek (1997–2016)
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Black Canary 

A retired female illusionist dies in mysterious circumstances. Maddy and Jonathan are called upon to investigate.


Sandy Johnson


David Renwick (by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hannah Gordon ... Marella Carney
Suzanna Hamilton ... Hannah
Francis Matthews ... Jerry Bellinitus
Murray Melvin ... Lionel Prekopp
Kate Isitt ... Charlotte
Vincent Wong Vincent Wong ... Pan Duc Lao
Alan Davies ... Jonathan Creek
Stuart Milligan ... Adam Klaus
Simone Huber Simone Huber ... Elsa
Caroline Quentin ... Maddy Magellan
Tomas Lukes Tomas Lukes ... Vagrant
Simon Roberts ... Paramedic
Rik Mayall ... D.I. Gideon Pryke
Dave Haskell Dave Haskell ... Sgt. Richie
John Hales ... Burger Man


A retired female illusionist dies in mysterious circumstances. Maddy and Jonathan are called upon to investigate.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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24 December 1998 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


The large statue in the front hall resembles the DC Comics character Black Canary. See more »


[when getting rid of a cockroach]
Maddy Magellan: Take it to the bottom of the garden and kill it with a spade!
Jonathan Creek: Kill it with a spade? What am I? Jack "the Hat" McVitie?
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Featured in Rik Mayall: Lord of Misrule (2014) See more »

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marvelous Jonathan Creek special
30 March 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Alan Davies is "Jonathan Creek" in this 1998 special also starring Caroline Quentin as Maddy and Stuart Milligan as magician Adam Klaus.

Jonathan is contacted by an old almost-girlfriend, Charlotte (Kate Isitt) when her mother, Marella Carney, the famous Black Canary, commits suicide. The Black Canary was an illusionist whose illusions were based on the fact that she had a twin sister, who died in an unfortunate accident. The twin sister had a daughter, Hannah, who had taken off some years ago.

However, although Marella's husband saw his wife commit suicide, it's learned that she had been dead for about four hours before he witnessed this. It's a tough puzzle for Jonathan to work out.

As with all the "Jonathan Creek" stories, this has an intricate, clever plot with the denouement based on Jonathan's knowledge of magic and illusion. And, as with all the "Jonathan Creek" stories, there is a great deal of humor. The show really lost something when Carolyn Quentin left, and she's wonderful here working with Jonathan. Probably the last scene in the show is the funniest.

I'm so glad these are available on disc, and I hope they make the specials being done now available to American audiences as well. This is a great show that ended too soon.

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