One of the hidden gems of this years BBC Showcase was the upcoming Easter special, “The Clue of the Savant’s Thumb”, from the world of Jonathan Creek. The series (there were four of them), starring Alan Davies, was a fixture in BBC households from its’ premiere in 1997 through 2004, receiving the BAFTA for Best Drama Series in 1998. There were several one-off specials between then and now, but never anything that gave viewers a sense that it would return on a regular basis. With the specials, including the new one being broadcast on Easter in the UK, the great Sheridan Smith returns as Creeks’ fellow investigator. Smith was most recently seen in the soon-to-be Christmas classic, Mr. Stink, which also stars Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Twenty Twelve) and introduced the telly world to Nell Tiger Free.
Now, comes word from Davies himself through Twitter that there will be three additional Jonathan Creek specials produced later this year. Thankfully, it looks like Davies has agreed to be separated from his following of Arsenal FC long enough to give long-time followers of the cult classic what they want…more Creek!
Speaking to RadioTimes.com earlier this year at the National Televison Awards, Davies cryptically said: “I don’t know about more episodes of Jonathan Creek – there may be. David Renwick’s got a bit of a twinkle in his eye and I think he’s enjoyed getting back to it and while BBC1 are keen on it, maybe we will do more…” Renwick is also well-known for creating and writing the classic comedy, One Foot in the Grave.
Now, if only the chef’s coat would follow the dufflecoat and Davies fans could see the return of Whites alongside Creek, telly life would be where it needs to be.