Rik Mayall also had to decline the offer due to his theatre commitments (although he later showed up in a Christmas special) while Hugh Laurie also did the same because he couldn’t understand Creek’s motivations. Series 3 was released in Region 1 on 20 January 2009. I'm rapidly getting through the complete Jonathan Creek boxset, courtesy of the bargain forums and Benson's World and was just wondering if anyone knew why Caroline Quentin left after series three? Peter Davison then starred as Reverend Stephen Claithorne in the Halloween-themed Danse Macabre a year later. For the footage was actually taken from an episode of another hugely popular, if more conventional, crime drama, A Touch Of Frost. This helps to fuel the romantic thread between him and Maddy. She was following in the footsteps of Caroline Quentin, who was Creek’s first helper when the show launched in 199, and Julia Sawalha. Turns out that Jonathan Creek isn’t just the name of a cynical fictional magician’s assistant, it’s also the name of a real place in the US. The show’s slightly eerie instrumental theme tune was arranged by Julian Stewart Lindsay, a composer who has also worked with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Culture Club and The Beach Boys. The character was a professional writer who worked as an investigative journalist and an author of detective thrillers. 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