The Grinning Man was the first of three Jonathan Creek specials between the fourth and fifth seasons. In the second half of the episode a woman is murdered before Joey’s eyes and a dead bird gives Jonathan a vital clue. In this podcast Gerry and Iain conclude their look at a classic episode.
In the second half of this episode Jenna Harrison’s Elodie meets a gruesome end at the hands of Lance Gessler (Nicholas Boulton); Delia Gunning (Julia Ford) doesn’t get the happy ending she anticipated; and Candy Mountains (Jemma Walker) has a surprise in store for Adam.
The Grinning Man was written by David Renwick and he also made his debut as director. Following the death of Verity Lambert, this special was produced by Nerys Evans.
The Grinning Man was released in 2009. It is 120 minutes long and originally aired on the BBC. The episode is available in an edited format 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.