Miracle in Crooked Lane - Episode 17 - Jonathan Creek Podcast

Miracle in Crooked Lane – Episode 17

Miracle in Crooked Lane was the fifth episode of Jonathan Creek’s third season. This episode featured a woman spotted alive and well just hours after an ultimately fatal accident. In this podcast Gerry and Iain take a look at the risks of becoming too obsessed with Jonathan Creek.



Vincent Rees (Nicholas Ball) and his inscrutable house guest Kathleen Gilmore (Dinah Sheridan) are at the centre of events as Jacqui Clifford-Wright (Hetty Baynes) appears to Kathleen hours after her apparent death at the home she shared with her husband Rupert (Benjamin Whitrow). Jonathan and Maddy are drawn into the mystery by Creek superfan Jeff (Tom Goodman-Hill) and his partner Christine (Emma Kennedy).


Frances Low (Daphne), William Vanderpuye (DCI Horner) and Ben Craze (Creek fan Colin) also appeared.


Miracle in Crooked Lane was again written by the show’s creator, David Renwick. Richard Holthouse directed the second of his three episodes while Verity Lambert remained as producer.


Miracle in Crooked Lane 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.

8 thoughts to “Miracle in Crooked Lane – Episode 17”

  1. Just to clear up some confusion – no, we do not dress like Jonathan to record the podcast!

  2. Love this episode. Think it’s definitely one of my favourites. Love Jeff’s character and the fact Jonathan creek fans all look like Jonathan. (Could just imagine the line up of casting for this part!) Brilliant!! Good story to follow this and Maddie and Jonathan kinda got together but didn’t really work out! Least they gave it a go hey! One of the better episodes I thought. 🙂 great job again Iain and gerry! Always nice to hear you guys and your thoughts.

  3. Ah, greatly enjoyed this podcast!

    And I agree, this episode was several steps above the others this season. You know, for some reason, I was under the impression Jeff and Christine were brother and sister, so I was quite surprised at Jeff’s attack upon seeing Christine in the oatmeal bath. Mrs. Salty had to point out to me the two were a couple–made more sense after that.

    Not sure why I thought that, other than their seemed to be nothing resembling any kind of romantic spark between the two characters/actors, or anything really mentioned in the script that made them obviously non-platonic. At any rate, fantastic run down of the episode and enjoying listening to the two of you enjoying yourselves. 🙂

    And we are close to losing Caroline Quentin, aren’t we? Sad day, I never felt the other co-leads equaled the chemistry she and Davies had going….

    1. Hello Salty. Glad you enjoyed this episode! That is an interesting view on Jeff & Christine – but she does remark to Maddy about potentially dumping him now she’s seen the ‘real thing’…

  4. Hi guys, what an excellent discussion of this episode in what is a hit and miss season. Bit hard on Jeff though, presumbaly he just wears the get up for the convention, not all the time ?! Apropos Hetty Baynes you sent me down a right wormhole today thinking that Running Scared was the tv dramatisation of the fabulous Desmond Bagley novel. I have dug the books out and it is Running Blind I was thinking of. I remember being disappointed with the cover as it had a photo instead of the fantasic action covers on the earlier editons of the books. I paid 40p for it on the way home from school in a second hand bookshop. Look up his website. I did today for the first time. There is a super photo of him there wearing the most amazing 1970s watch. You might love the stories I think. Looking forward to hearing you on Creek’s Satan’s Chimney, my favourite one.



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