Lovejoy (1986–1994)
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Jane partners with an entrepreneur named Palmer to convert a warehouse into an Art Nouveau antiques centre, but Lovejoy suspects he's a con man.


Roger Tucker


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
Ray Lonnen ... Palmer
Donald Hewlett ... Harry
Jenny Runacre ... Sandra
Leslie French Leslie French ... Cuthie
Geoffrey Bateman Geoffrey Bateman ... Dandy Jack
Jennifer Clulow Jennifer Clulow ... Presenter
Tony Wredden Tony Wredden ... Pierre
Diana Blackburn Diana Blackburn ... Sarah
Cherry Morris Cherry Morris ... Louise
Peter Mackriel Peter Mackriel ... Jimmy (as Peter MacKriel)


Lady Jane has entered into a partnership with an aggressive entrepreneur named Palmer to convert an old warehouse into an antiques center with various dealers in Art Deco and Art Noveau signing a three year lease. Although she recommends that Lovejoy be hired as an advisor, he suspects that Palmer, representing a wealthy Lebanese, is a conman, and he sets out to prove it. As a sidebar, Lovejoy helps a grocer friend to get back his money after he is conned with a forged oil painting. Written by

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21 February 1986 (UK) See more »

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Lovejoy: [to Palmer] You don't know the difference between a Farege and a french fry.
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The Real Thing
3 August 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Another wonderful episode from the first series. All very well put together, you might even think they forgot about a strand of the story but it is hovering in the background.

Ray Lonnen plays a flash wideboy called Palmer driving a red Rolls Royce. Lady Jane has been having dealings with him as he plans to convert an old warehouse into an antiques center dealing with 20th century art such as Art Deco works. Palmer has hired Lovejoy as an adviser for £250 a week cash.

However Lovejoy suspects Palmer is a con man, trying to get money out of dealers and investors and then do a runner.

Meanwhile Gimbert is on the warpath again after Lovejoy conned him out of a spiral staircase and then made him look foolish at an Antiques Roadshow type program where Gimbert appeared as an expert.

A shopkeeper friend of Lovejoy falls for an old con. Asked to mind a large but cheap painting bought in by a customer who just bought it at an auction while he goes to collect his car. Another prettier customer soon walks in and tells the shopkeeper that it is worth a fortune.

Lovejoy turns the table on the pair. Antiques, eh, you cannot trust anyone in the game.

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