Jonathan Creek

Jonathan Creek (1997)

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The Omega Man - S3-E3

New this week Factual error: When it's is revealed that the omega man isn't made of mercury, it is explained that it needs to be frozen to a temp of -38.87c, then it's shown being taken out of the freezer and the mold being removed with bare hands, which would be impossible at that temperature.

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The Sinner and the Sandman - S5-E2

Plot hole: Ian Avery-Cooper loses his lottery ticket which is immediately picked up and appropriated by Leonard Corbyn. However, Avery-Cooper immediately reports the loss to the shopkeeper who sold him the ticket. All lottery sales staff are trained in what to do under these circumstances, because it happens a lot - they cancel the lost ticket and issue a new one. Since Avery-Cooper used the same numbers every week this would not pose a problem, but even if he didn't the ticket would be recorded on the seller's computers and could be precisely reconstructed. This would be even easier since Avery-Cooper reports the loss within a minute of it happening and we see that he has the receipt for the sale in his hand. Corbyn's stolen ticket would be worthless and Avery-Cooper would be able to claim his rightful winnings.

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Danse Macabre - S2-E1

Plot hole: Why on earth would a sleazeball like Adam Klaus be worried about news of a one-night stand being revealed? He'd welcome the publicity, if anything. Anyone threatening to go to the papers with news of a bit of rumpy-pumpy with him would be wasting their time.

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The Sinner and the Sandman - S5-E2

Factual error: Members of The Salvation Army do not gamble and do not buy lottery tickets.

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The Wrestler's Tomb - S1-E1

Factual error: During the examination of the crime scene at the beginning of the episode, not one of the Crime Scene Officers or any of the police on site wear latex gloves. The supervising police officer picks up a vital piece of evidence - a small bag of jewellery - with bare hands! They have hopelessly contaminated the scene.

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Continuity mistake: S3 E1: The Curious Tale Of Mr Spearfish: The bullet marks on Lenny keep changing places.

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The House of Monkeys - S1-E5

Revealing mistake: When Jonathan is falling down the stairs when being chased by the ape, there is 1 shot where you can see it's a stunt man. Slow mo may help but is not essential.

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The House of Monkeys - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: The way the pumpkin is positioned when Maddy is trying to cut it keeps changing depending on the angle. It is either on its side or upright.

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The House of Monkeys - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: When Jonathan falls down the stairs when being chased by the ape, his trousers go from black, to light blue, to black again.

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The Scented Room - S2-E3

Continuity mistake: When Le Fley runs through the house to be shown that the painting is missing, he is seen in three shots; in the first he is barefoot, in the second he appears to be wearing light-coloured mules, loafers or some other lightweight footwear, and in the third he is barefoot again. It is a little hard to see this in the second shot as his feet are moving quickly, so I could be mistaken, but it does look like he has something on his feet.

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Black Canary - S2-E7

Revealing mistake: Creek reads a newspaper article he finds in a scrapbook. The second column of the article repeats a block of text from the first column.

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No Trace of Tracy - S1-E4

Revealing mistake: Creek reads a newspaper article about Tracy, a missing schoolgirl. The first paragraph of the article is about the schoolgirl, but the rest is about John Major (who had just been ousted by Tony Blair as prime minister when the episode was first aired, but, assuming this was filmed some months earlier, would still have been in power). The first line of the article following the first paragraph starts mid-sentence, as if the first paragraph has simply been pasted over the top of the existing article. This mistake is surprising as there is a photograph of John Major alongside the article and the newspaper remains in shot long enough for it to be spotted without the need to pause the DVD or video.

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Jack in the Box - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: When Maddy and Jonathan are driving down to where Jack was found, the scenery outside is constantly repeating itself.

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