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S5-E1 The Letters of Septimus Noone
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S5-E1 The Letters of Septimus Noone

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Review

David Renwick beckons us back into the world of his reluctant detective for the first new series in a decade. And what a horribly strange world it is, full of knowing puzzles and macabre games.

Creek’s new wife Polly (Sarah Alexander) is less than keen: “I sometimes wonder, Jonathan, exactly what I married! Free admission for life to the twilight zone?”

This first instalment is typically high black comedy. The main story revolves around an actress in a West End musical (listen out for some fine pastiche Lloyd Webber) who is stabbed in her dressing room, while locked inside – the victim of a seemingly impossible crime.

But that case is just a frame on which to hang all sorts of other treats and tricks, including a lovely bit with a young would-be detective who makes a string of Sherlock-style deductions... that are completely wrong.

It’s great fun, and the story becomes like an ingenious music box packed with little clockwork mechanisms. There’s a grinning corpse, a mystery letter, a demonic child and a nasty moment with a tuba that is pure, horrible Renwick.

Summary

Alan Davies returns as the master illusionist, who has retired from crime-solving to join the corporate world with wife Polly. However, he is soon tempted back to help investigate a seemingly impossible attack on a West End actress - and he's not alone, as a criminology student tags along for a spot of `work experience'. At the same time, a personal tragedy for Jonathan and Polly uncovers a series of dark and disturbing secrets. Sarah Alexander co-stars, with Paula Wilcox, Ali Bastian, Raquel Cassidy, Kieran Hodgson and Rhydian Jones.

Cast & Crew

Jonathan Creek Alan Davies
Polly Creek Sarah Alexander
Hazel Prosser Paula Wilcox
Sharon Raquel Cassidy
Ridley Kieran Hodgson
Zelda Niedlespascher Marianne Borgo
Juno Pirelli Ali Bastian
Christophe Holtz Simon Thomas
Angus Ross Armstrong
Rachel Alice O'Connell
Darryl Rhydian Jones
Mr Partridge Roy Sampson
Ripley Liberty Nichols-O'Connell
Director David Sant
Executive Producer David Renwick
Executive Producer Pete Thornton
Producer Rosemary McGowan
Writer David Renwick
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