An antique bookstore is going bankrupt, but can it be saved by a businessman and a socially incapable bibliophile?
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Taneli Mäkelä Taneli Mäkelä ...  Veijo Valenius / ... 6 episodes, 2001-2003
Oiva Lohtander ...  Ernest Holsti 6 episodes, 2001-2003
Mari Lehtonen Mari Lehtonen ...  Aino 6 episodes, 2001-2003
Anna-Elina Lyytikäinen Anna-Elina Lyytikäinen ...  Eija Valenius / ... 6 episodes, 2001-2003
Outi Vuoriranta Outi Vuoriranta ...  Irina 6 episodes, 2001-2003
Tiia Hietala Tiia Hietala ...  Merrit 6 episodes, 2001-2003
Aapo Vilhunen Aapo Vilhunen ...  Virkamies Ruttunen 6 episodes, 2001-2003
Tapani Perttu Tapani Perttu ...  Rafael Sundell / ... 6 episodes, 2001-2003
Tea Ista Tea Ista ...  Matilda von Ståhle / ... 4 episodes, 2001-2003
Touko Aarnio Touko Aarnio ...  Alkutekstien kirjanpainaja / ... 4 episodes, 2001-2003
Mika Vainio ...  Alkutekstien kirjanpainaja / ... 4 episodes, 2001-2003
Aino Seppo Aino Seppo ...  Raakel 3 episodes, 2001
Kristiina Halttu Kristiina Halttu ...  Marja Kallas 3 episodes, 2003
Jussi Puhakka Jussi Puhakka ...  Otto-Ville 3 episodes, 2003
Antti Tarvainen Antti Tarvainen ...  Skeba 3 episodes, 2003
Mikko Mutru Mikko Mutru ...  Outo mies antikvariaatissa / ... 3 episodes, 2001-2003
Svante Korkiakoski Svante Korkiakoski ...  Kauppaneuvos Merikoski / ... 2 episodes, 2001
Hannu Kahakorpi Hannu Kahakorpi ...  Ruonaja 2 episodes, 2001
Lasse Karkjärvi Lasse Karkjärvi ...  Leino 2 episodes, 2001
Oskari Katajisto Oskari Katajisto ...  Taksikuski 2 episodes, 2001
Raili Tiensuu Raili Tiensuu ...  Eläkeläinen antikvariaatissa / ... 2 episodes, 2001
Ilkka Merivaara Ilkka Merivaara ...  Hartola 2 episodes, 2003
Jussi Lampi Jussi Lampi ...  Lammi, O. 2 episodes, 2003
Hannu-Pekka Björkman Hannu-Pekka Björkman ...  Mielonen, M. 2 episodes, 2003
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Wallenius, a successful businessman, inherits an antique bookstore with eccentric personnel and customers. He must learn a whole new lifestyle to protect his father's life work against the evil stepmother. To avoid bankrupt, he must find the most valuable books and scripts before his competitors. On the background, his wife, having run away years ago, is trying to get back to his life. But Wallenius is more willing to confront their daughter again and get the father-daughter relationship to work. Written by B-rapunSaario

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Funny people in an antique bookstore.
28 May 2005 | by B-rapunSaarioSee all my reviews

This is one of my favorite TV-series of all time. I must admit it has many flaws. Part of it looks like a cheap soap opera, with the evil stepmother of course. Another part looks like a very cheap detective story. So why do I find this funny?

The series really is not so much about the world of books, but the antique bookstore is still an original choice for a business examined in a TV-series. On the other hand, the series is based on an idea by Antti Tuuri, a well respected Finnish author, and one could say he knows his subject. The antique bookstore is not very realistic, with four workers in a one-man business, but the atmosphere is what I like. The eccentric customers never buying anything, the socially incapable book specialist Holsti (Oiva Lohtander) unable to manage anywhere outside the bookstore, and the dusty old store with all walls covered with funny-smelling books... When you add loads of references to famous and not so famous books and authors, what you get is a mess, but a funny one for people who just love hanging around in antique bookstores.

Lohtander is great. He plays his basic role as a funny, harmless old man with respect to bibliophiles. He does not make his character look like a miserable person, just as a man who knows his business and takes care of it with love. Together with the salesman Wallenius (Taneli Mäkelä) they make a good pair. Although the script does not include very deep considerations of the contradiction between the financial and the humane value of literature, one can see it through the different personalities of the salesman and the bibliophile.

The main plot line is the hunt for treasure. In both parts of the series, the bookstore must be saved from bankrupt by getting an old, expensive book/script (by any means) before the other (evil) bookstore manager does. This is not a very realistic representation of the everyday life in an antique bookstore, but a possible one anyway. Althoug it has all the elements for a decent detective storyline, it just doesn't seem to work very well. A few gaps, yes, that is one problem, but the lack of excitement is the main one. Therefore, the best part of the series is the funny literature dialogue.

All the actors know their jobs, although not all of them have roles of any interest. I would really have liked a little bit less of soap opera, as now there are a couple of useless characters, like the wife and daughter of Wallenius, who really don't give much to the story. But on the other hand, this way one doesn't have to be a literature snob to watch it. A bit light altogether, but if you watch a TV-series, this is not one of the worst.


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10 September 2001 (Finland) See more »

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Helsinki, Finland

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(6 episodes)

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