Jonathan Creek – Daemons’ Roost [DVD] [2017]

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Jonathan Creek – Daemons’ Roost [DVD] [2017]

Jonathan Creek – Daemons’ Roost [DVD] [2017]

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This may seem like a nitpick out of keeping with the festive season, but the whole subplot leaves a bad aftertaste at the end of a rather good episode of Jonathan Creek. She believes the answer lies within Daemons' Roost, her stepfather's mansion, formerly owned by notorious 19th century sorcerer Jacob Surtees.

Back at the theatre, Adam has fallen in love with a 29-year-old Austrian woman, but she may have more layers than even he knows. One of the first things that I will say about this episode is that it is an absolutely perfect blend of old-school horror, eccentric comedy and Sherlock Holmes-style detection. The home was also once owned by Jacob Surtees who, 150 years ago (or so, it wasn’t quite clear), reputedly burned men in a fiery furnace which he threw them into with his demonic powers. He ended up in the fiery furnace at the hands of Creek, who didn’t (for such a likeable chap) seem too bothered that he had burned a man alive. The signs are there from the outset that this is going to be a more exciting affair: a big spooky house, a mystery involving several deaths and a Satanic ritual, and of course a delicious sizzle reel for the Hammer-esque films of Ken Bones’ schlocky director Nathan Clore.When a classic locked room mystery is turned into a West End musical, its female star falls victim to a real-life 'impossible crime', which Jonathan reluctantly becomes involved in solving. After another hiatus, and 20 years since the first episode of Jonathan Creek aired on our screens we were treated to possibly the final Creek story ever, Daemon’s Roost.

Which is a shame, as Creek's irritating, shallow wife finally seems to be thawing enough to support him in his endeavours. I am one of the long term fans who haven't got on with the sudden and largely unexplained change in Creek's lifestyle and character in recent years. An illusionist, whose twin sister died when an escape trick went wrong and she was partially sliced in half, is found dead in her snow-covered garden after her husband witnessed her shooting herself. Details about Jonathan’s early life have been fairly scant over the series and the sudden decision to flesh out his backstory and explore his memories could easily have been taken further had other stories followed. This coupling has the effect of butting up the contemporary alongside ghostly British histories in a way I have always admired.Unfortunately this proves to be one of this episode’s weaker points – the killer (not seen in that original episode; he murdered via poisoned self-addressed envelopes) comes back to hunt down Creek in a strange act of revenge after his prison release. A former glamour model, now living quietly with her rich, older husband in the countryside, is seriously injured when her garden shed explodes, leaving her badly burned.

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