Lovejoy

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  • TV-14
  • 1986
  • 6 Seasons
  • 7.8  (3,818)

Lovejoy was a British television show that aired on BBC One from 1986 to 1994. The show, which is based on the novels by Jonathan Gash, follows the character of Lovejoy, an antiques dealer played by Ian McShane. Lovejoy is a charming rogue with a love of antiques and a knack for getting into trouble.

Along with McShane, the show features a talented cast of actors, including Chris Jury as Eric 'Tinker' Dill, Dudley Sutton as Tinker's father, and Phyllis Logan as Lady Felsham. Caroline Langrishe also features as Lovejoy's love interest, and later on, Diane Parish as an additional love interest.

The show follows Lovejoy as he travels around the English countryside in his quest for rare and valuable antiques. Along the way, he gets into all sorts of adventures and scrapes, often involving stolen or fake antiques. Lovejoy is a shrewd dealer, and he uses his keen eye and extensive knowledge to spot fakes, outwit his rivals, and ensure that he always gets the best deal.

Throughout the show, Lovejoy is aided by his faithful sidekick, Tinker. Tinker is a talented craftsman and handyman, and he uses his skills to help Lovejoy repair and restore antiques. Tinker is also a bit of a ladies' man and has a series of romantic escapades throughout the show.

Lovejoy's world is full of colourful characters, including Lady Felsham, a wealthy aristocrat who has a soft spot for Lovejoy, and Charlie Gimbert, Lovejoy's unscrupulous rival in the antiques trade. Malcolm Tierney also features as Gimbert's partner, while Pavel Douglas plays Lovejoy's friend and fellow antiques dealer, Alexander.

One of the standout features of Lovejoy is its witty writing and engaging storylines. The show struck a perfect balance between drama and comedy, with plenty of sharp one-liners and humorous moments. The show also had a fantastic sense of place, with the beautiful English countryside providing a stunning backdrop for Lovejoy's adventures.

The show was a hit with audiences and ran for eight seasons, becoming one of the most beloved UK TV shows of the 1980s and 1990s. Lovejoy's popularity was due in no small part to the charisma and charm of Ian McShane, who brought the character to life with his effortless style and impeccable delivery.

In summary, Lovejoy is a classic British TV show that perfectly captures the charm and eccentricity of the English countryside. With its engaging characters, witty writing, and beautiful setting, the show has earned a place in the hearts of audiences around the world. If you haven't seen Lovejoy yet, it's definitely worth checking out.

Lovejoy is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (74 episodes). The series first aired on January 10, 1986.

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Seasons
Last Tango in Lavenham
10. Last Tango in Lavenham
December 4, 1994
In the last episode of Lovejoy, our hero gears himself up to marry Charlotte, and his old life begins to splinter. Jane Felsham returns with a splash, and without Alexander in tow - will Lovejoy have to choose between her and Charlotte?
Holding the Baby
9. Holding the Baby
November 27, 1994
Lovejoy buys a nineteenth-century dresser for a song, after getting advice from a Caribbean specialist. Meanwhile, Charlotte has mixed feelings about being left holding someone else's baby.
Fruit of the Dessert
8. Fruit of the Dessert
November 20, 1994
Lovejoy has a dangerous plan, which includes putting himself in the hands of a notorious moneylender and risking the future of his daughter, Vicky.But then, "Those who hazard all do it in hope of fair advantages..."
Breaking the Broker
7. Breaking the Broker
November 13, 1994
The police set up Tinker, so that they can get a favour from Lovejoy. They want him to check out an up-market pawnbroker who is suspected of receiving antiques stolen overseas.
The Last of the Uzkoks
6. The Last of the Uzkoks
November 6, 1994
Lovejoy is called in by Lord Dunwich to value a silver communion set, and Lady Dunwich wants him to find her some antique prints of the lost town of Dunwich-by-the-Sea (which is now under the sea). Charlie has done a moonlight flit, leaving his old dad in charge of Felsham Hall, and there are some unlikely characters around - a mad Greek priest, a Dutch civil servant, and a strange woman...
Guns and Roses
5. Guns and Roses
October 30, 1994
Lovejoy takes an antique gun to a London gunsmith to be repaired, but the armorer is having landlord problems. Meanwhile, an acquaintance of Lovejoy's, Texas Greenberg, is on his way over to buy something special.
Double Edged Sword
4. Double Edged Sword
October 23, 1994
A tough-talking business man hires Lovejoy to recover a sixteenth-century samurai sword which has been stolen from him. Another dealer, Lovejoy's mentor Jim Leonard, buys the sword at an auction, but it is promptly stolen from him by Joanna, the daughter of the original owner. Lovejoy stays on the trail.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
3. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
October 16, 1994
Tinker disappears, and Lovejoy sets off to find him. He arrives in Devon, where he discovers that Tinker's real name is Archie and that he has a sister whose hotel business is threatened by a rogue property developer. Charlotte and Beth join them and they look for ways to raise money to save the hotel. Meanwhile, Tinker has lost the key of Charlotte's safe-deposit box.
Day of Reckoning
2. Day of Reckoning
October 9, 1994
A former friend, Max Hunter, who believes Lovejoy had an affair with his wife, kidnaps Charlotte and plans to kill her. But he gives Lovejoy a sporting chance to find him by leaving a series of clues.
Fair Exchange
1. Fair Exchange
October 2, 1994
Charlotte buys a painting from a hard-up couple, the Tabors, but finds she has been conned. Lovejoy decides to set matters straight.
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Where to Watch Lovejoy
Lovejoy is available for streaming on the BBC One website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Lovejoy on demand at Apple TV Channels and Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    January 10, 1986
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (3,818)