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Series 5 - Episode 1
The Letters of Septimus Noone
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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.
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.
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