Ghosts Forge - Episode 16 - Jonathan Creek Podcast

Ghosts Forge – Episode 16

Ghosts Forge was the fourth episode of Jonathan Creek’s third season. This episode featured a novelist, a shrine and a bad case of amnesia. In this podcast Gerry and Iain take a look at the ethics of tricking a person with no memory into living a life you’ve created for them.



When Jonathan and Maddy’s mutual acquaintance Mimi Tranter (Lysette Anthony) shares the tale of her married lover Robin Priest (Mark Aiken) and the mysterious tale of Ghosts Forge it isn’t long before the pair begin to investigate. Robin’s wife Shirley (Sara Stephens) and Shirley’s Uncle Bill (Nicholas Amer) form critical parts of a very unusual story.


Gina Bellman and Jim Bowen also appeared as part of the Adam Klaus B-plot.


Ghosts Forge was again written by the show’s creator, David Renwick. Richard Holthouse directed the first of his three episodes while Verity Lambert remained as producer.


Ghosts Forge was released in 1999. It is 50 minutes long and originally aired on the BBC. The episode can be viewed on Netflix in the UK and Ireland and the entire series is available on DVD in the UK and other countries, including a comprehensive box set of all the episodes up until Christmas 2016, released by the BBC.

4 thoughts to “Ghosts Forge – Episode 16”

  1. Hello Gerry and Iain! The missus and I greatly enjoyed this week’s podcast–sounded like the two of you were enjoying yourselves, and we enjoyed both your episode-specific comments as well as the off-topic banter. We felt like the story this week was a step up from some of the other season three JCs, even if it did suffer from some tough to believe plot lines. (Hadn’t thought about how easy it would have been to verify the old man wasn’t Ezra Carr, but you’re right, ten minutes at the local pub or a neighbor’s down the road would have done it.) And that tale of sexual abuse, perpetrator identification, etc. caught us both off guard–bit of a dark turn for this episode and JC’s tone in general. At any rate, a fun episode and an even more fun podcast. Well done. 🙂

    1. Hi Salty,

      Always good to hear from you both! Really glad you enjoyed the podcast. There’s always a concern when we’re being critical in consecutive episodes that we might upset fans of the show, but hopefully we’re striking the right balance.

      Really appreciate the positive support as always. Hope you and your wife are well. 🙂

      1. Hi Iain (i assume). We certainly don’t mind your being critical at times, and these third season shows were definitely a downturn from seasons one and two. Mostly what we picked up on this time around is what we thought was a bit more of a relaxed and jovial feeling between the two of you as you talked. Not quite as on task, but sometimes that can be a good thing as it allows your personalities we’ve enjoyed so much along the way to shine through all the more. Cheers to you both. 🙂

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