Cracking case for Jonathan


Jonathan Creek (Friday, February 28, BBC1, 9pm)

David Renwick’s hero, part-Sherlock Holmes and part-Harry Houdini, is back for a new series of mysteries.

Alan Davies, fresh from commenting on the Winter Olympics, dons a tuxedo for a case which also seems tailor-made for his alter ego, Creek.

A musical version of classic 19th-century “locked-room” novel The Mystery of the Yellow Room has been a huge hit with London theatre audiences.

The standing ovations look set to stop when the leading lady Juno Pirelli is found stabbed in a locked dressing room, with no weapon, no sign of any intruder – and no explanation as to how her attacker escaped.

It sounds like a case for Jonathan, but he’s now happily married and working alongside his wife Polly in the corporate world.

As Juno’s life hangs in the balance, you know it’s only a matter of time before Creek attempts to crack the case.

Look Out For: Some cracking musical numbers (the gondola rehearsal is a hoot), as well as familiar faces Paula Wilcox, Ali Bastian, Raquel Cassidy and Sarah Alexander.

Alan says: “The duffle coat is always on standby, even if the periods of duffle-hibernation are quite long these days”.