Jonathan Creek, the comedy/drama/mystery series starring Alan Davies will return to BBC One for a new 90-minute special in 2017. The special, which will mark the series’ 20th anniversary since it began in 1997, will see Davies return for the first time since 2014 as Creek, who works as a creative consultant to a stage magician while also solving seemingly supernatural mysteries through his talent for logical deduction and his understanding of illusions. Also returning will be Sarah Alexander (Coupling, Worst Week of My Life, as Creek’s wife, Polly. No word yet as to whether or not Sheridan Smith (Gavin & Stacey, The C Word, Cilla) will return as fellow paranormal investigator, Joey Ross.
Over the previous 5 series (31 episodes), Jonathan Creek was known for guest stars mainly associated with comedy but who gave straight performances including Rik Mayall, Jack Dee, Bill Bailey and Griff Rhys Jones. Earlier series also starred Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly, Kiss Me Kate), Julia Sawalha (Absolutely Fabulous, Lark Rise to Candleford) and Adrian Edmondson (The Young Ones).
“It’s 20 years since the first series. 20 years! It’s unbelievable. I’ll try and drop a few pounds so I’m not fat Creek,” Davies told Digital Spy. The one-off, 90-minute special will shoot this summer with a target transmission on BBC One in 2017. Hopefully, an American public television broadcast will follow not too long after.