Lovejoy (1986–1994)
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Death and Venice: Part One 

A sickly and paraplegic American multimillionaire is obsessed with saving the art treasures of a slowly sinking Venice and hires Lovejoy to help in his enterprise.


Baz Taylor


Ian La Frenais (created for television by), Jonathan Gash (based on the Lovejoy books by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McShane ... Lovejoy
Phyllis Logan ... Lady Jane
Dudley Sutton ... Tinker
Malcolm Tierney ... Gimbert
Chris Jury ... Eric Catchpole
Alexander Knox ... Pinder
Gwen Humble ... Caterina
Haydn Gwynne ... Cosima
Alibe Parsons Alibe Parsons ... Nancy
Albert Welling ... Gerry
Steven Pacey Steven Pacey ... Keith
Alan Rowe Alan Rowe ... Malleson
Ray Mort ... Campie
Jo Ross ... Helen
Jan Wilson Jan Wilson ... Mrs. Cameron


The beautiful, blonde granddaughter to an aged, sickly, wheelchair-bound grandfather tries to recruit a reluctant Lovejoy to be part of his great enterprise aimed at the liberation of all the great artworks of the slowly dying city of Venice before the ravages of humidity, pollution, and the rising Adriatic cause them irreparable damage. When Lovejoy initially learns the project includes a factory churning out forgeries as fast as they can be substituted for the originals, he changes his mind and signs up with the operation but not before becoming acquainted with a very beautiful but seemingly ubiquitous Venitian tour guide. Written by

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery






English | Italian

Release Date:

7 March 1986 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Gwen Humble is the wife of Ian Mcshane See more »


Lady Jane Felsham: Why does Lovejoy spend half his life in seedy rooms, doing seedy deals with seedy people?
Eric Catchpole: He's good at it.
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Death and Venice: Part One
7 August 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

To Lovejoy antiques is like a drug. He overdoses when he goes to the house of Pinder, an elderly wheelchair tycoon based on Jean Paul Getty. Pinder's house has a great rare art collection.

Pinder wants to save the art in Venice, a city that is sinking bit by bit each year. Pinder wants Lovejoy's help in liberating the art and substituting them with forgeries.

However Lovejoy is wary of Pinder's granddaughter as he suspects she was involved somehow in the robbery and death of a friend of his.

Lovejoy goes to Venice, he immediately suspects that people are keeping an eye on him such as a tour guide who seems to pop up everywhere, before long Lovejoy finds himself a target.

The episode loses momentum as it goes to Venice, it spends a bit of time showing off the venetian sights. I did like Lovejoy walking on the temporary platforms as the water floods the nearby streets, something that is common in winter and spring.

I did wonder how Lovejoy managed to find his hotel so easily in the narrow alleyways, he did not even seem to be carrying a map. These days people visiting Venice have Google maps on the phone and still get lost.

The episode is notable for Ian McShane's real life wife Gwen Humble having a role. This was the last role of Oscar nominee Alexander Knox who plays Pinder.

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