Lovejoy (1986–1994)
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To Sleep No More 

After a skilled antiques forger dies and a thief steals a forged snuff box, his only legacy to his widow, Lovejoy vows to retrieve it.


Ken Hannam


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
Norma West ... Mrs. Mattock
Robert Ashby Robert Ashby ... Smiley
John Forgeham ... Arnold
Jo Ross ... Helen
Geoffrey Bateman ... Dandy Jack
Margaret Stallard Margaret Stallard ... Mrs. Wendell
Denys Graham Denys Graham ... Bigelow
Rebecca Lacey ... Receptionist
Angus Lennie ... Pilsen
Pavel Douglas ... Alexander


At the funeral of an old friend, a noted antiques forger, Lovejoy and his friends pay their respects to his widow, who finds solace in his only legacy to her, an antique snuffbox. Although she is disappointed when Lovjoy tells her it was one of her husband's skilled forgeries, it still holds sentimental value for her. When a thief steals it, and a priest shoplifts two other snuffboxes from the estate sale, Lovejoy smells a rat. After he exposes the priest as Smiley O'Reilly, a crook active in the antiques trade, Lovejoy realizes that the boxes might hold clues to a secret cache of loot. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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To Sleep No More
1 August 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Dodgy priests and Shughie Mcfee feature in this episode.

Sam Wendell on his way to meet Lovejoy dies of a heart attack in a cricket field just as Gimbert is about to get his 50.

Wendell was an antiques forger who was seemingly being chased by a priest who is also stealing snuff boxes.

The fake priest is an antiques crook just released from prison. Lovejoy finds out that Wendell left behind clues to a hidden loot and an insurance scam where antiques were reputedly destroyed. After the insurance payout they were marked for sale to buyers from the USA.

Another enjoyable story with Lady Felsham involved in the mystery as well. It is nice to see how some of the antiques dealers stick with Lovejoy when an unhappy customer accuses Lovejoy of ripping him off and then turns violent.

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14 February 1986 (UK) See more »

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