After Lovejoy is released from a low security prison after an eight month sentence for theft, he is determined to find out who framed him.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dudley Sutton ...
Chris Jury ...
Anthony Valentine ...
Christine Kavanagh ...
Renata Van Der Zee
Pavel Douglas ...
Pieter Maartens
Hugh Munro ...
Mark Paynter
Maxine Audley ...
Marigold Paynter
Iain Lauchlan ...
D.I. Roache
Sidney Livingstone ...
Jennifer Piercey ...
W.I. Chairperson
Edwina Day ...
Mrs. Ives
P.C. Bainbridge


As the story opens, Lovejoy is doing community service by holding an antiques roadshow for a ladies club as community service as part of an eight month sentence in a low security prison farm for stealing an antique piece of furniture belonging to collector Michael Seymour. Lovejoy was framed by a beautiful Dutch woman who cons him into thinking she'a a partner in a closed antiques shop and the furniture is hers. As per her instructions he delivers it to a dealer in Antwerp, only to be arrested when he returns to Britain. He soon realizes he has been set up but who...and why? Written by

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6 January 1991 (UK)  »

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Lovejoy: You take as long as you want. I'm used to killing time.
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Lovejoy Returns
19 June 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Nice re-start to the series after a 5 year gap. Though the series would run for 6 seasons the first season was broadcast in 1986 while the second would not be until 1991.

The episode starts nicely as we find Lovejoy in prison, but it's a nice slow reveal with some clues for those that are looking. This development also seems so logical as Lovejoy has always walked a precarious path where the police were concerned, and if in this case he is innocent there are other incidents where he cannot claim such. Fortunately for the story it is a rather short sentence and he is soon released to find Lady Jane waiting for him. Now Lovejoy wants to find out who set him up and why, obviously as Lady Jane suggests its going to involve a woman.

Right away one of the most notable changes in my mind is that the series just looks so much better. The advances in technology or at least the technology employed I assume are the reason, but whatever the reason the quality of the picture is a great improvement and the sound also seems better.

The other changes seemed a little more subtle but no less important, the tone of the series seems a little bit lighter and more fun. Perhaps this was a conscious change, a result of personnel changes or perhaps it's just the slight difference in the time the series was made. While the first season was made in the 1980's the second and subsequent seasons were made in the 1990's and Margaret Thatcher would step down just before the second season was broadcast.

Certainly the 90's fashions are less disturbing to watch than those of the 80's.

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