Jonathan Creek: The Clue of the Savant's Thumb: DVD Review
Released by Madman Home Ent
Alan Davies returns as Jonathan Creek in this one off special from last Easter's UK schedule.
Retired from magic and now a businessman, Creek is pulled into a mystery involving a dead body that disappears from a locked room. But it's the usual case of not everything is as it seems in this piece...
Jonathan Creek: The Clue of the Savant's Thumb is a bit of a disappointment to be honest - even Davies looks slightly bored as the bedraggled investigator, as he saunters from one dilemma to the next. Part of the problem with this piece is that it's lacking the sparkle of previous stories and the banter / dynamic between Creek and his pal Joey Ross (Sheridan Smith) just doesn't appear to have the playfulness that's blessed other series. In many ways, it feels like formulaic Creek.
Another issue is that it's so stuffed with guest stars - from Young Ones actors like Rik Mayall and Nigel Planer to Joanna Lumley, that they all feel underwritten and underutilised.
All in all, Jonathan Creek: The Clue of the Savant's Thumb is lacking the magic of previous Creek - and that's a crying shame.