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Lovejoy (1986–1994)

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Lovejoy is an irresistible rogue with a keen eye for antiques. The part-time detective scours the murky salerooms, auction halls and stately homes of Britain, always on the lookout for a find.


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Complete series cast summary:
 Lovejoy (73 episodes, 1986-1994)
Dudley Sutton ...
 Tinker / ... (70 episodes, 1986-1994)
Chris Jury ...
 Eric Catchpole (55 episodes, 1986-1994)
 Lady Jane / ... (48 episodes, 1986-1994)


Lovejoy is a loveable rogue and an antiques dealer with an amazing talent for spotting hidden treasures. When not looking for the odd collectible, Lovejoy spends most of his time using his con-artist skills to help out the less fortunate. His partners in crime are wealthy Lady Jane, his dim assistant Eric, and the genially intoxicated Tinker. Written by Mike Konczewski

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Release Date:

10 January 1986 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Les règles de l'art  »

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(71 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the novels Lovejoy was in his twenties. Ian McShane was 44 when he first played the character, and 48 when the series began properly in 1990. See more »


Lovejoy: Do we have to bring mistrust and suspicion into this?
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Possibly The Most Wonderful Character You've Never Heard Of
4 June 2005 | by (Scottsdale, AZ) – See all my reviews

I have to credit my Ex-Girlfriend, Wendy for one thing... She broke up with me and forced me to move back in with my mother for a time just in time to catch this series on A&E back in 1995! Ian McShane is possibly one of the finest character actors ever to have a lead in a series, and the writing for this show certainly didn't hurt. Of course, it didn't stay on A&E very long, as they seem to prefer British series based on famous literary sleuths (Holmes, Marple, Poirot, etc.). Nonetheless, for an estranged Doctor Who fan (The local PBS station had just announced it's demise and their intent to cease carrying the series) that was jonesing for a fix of cleverly written British comedic drama, this show was a godsend. The stories were rich and enthralling, the supporting cast was wonderful, and McShane's characterization was brilliant. An honorable rogue with more than his share of brushes with Murphy's law made him so enchanting... More Rockford than Rockford, more Magnum than Magnum, and a gentleman to boot. My only regret is that i have no idea how to acquire NTSC copies of the show. I can only hope they start showing it again on PBS or BBC America some time.

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