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  • Episode Guide
  • S 6 : Ep 10

    Last Tango in Lavenham

    Aired 12/4/94

  • S 6 : Ep 9

    Holding the Baby

    Aired 11/27/94

  • S 6 : Ep 8

    Fruit of the Desert

    Aired 11/20/94

  • S 6 : Ep 7

    Breaking the Broker

    Aired 11/13/94

  • S 6 : Ep 6

    The Last of the Uzkoks

    Aired 11/6/94

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ian McShane


  • Dudley Sutton

    Tinker Dill

  • Caroline Langrishe

    Charlotte Cavendish

  • Phyllis Logan

    Jane Felsham

  • Malcolm Tierney

    Charlie Gimbert

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  • show Description
  • Welcome to the Lovejoy guide at Lovejoy is a colourful East Anglian antique dealer who lives a somewhat hand-to-mouth life, despite being called a divvie - a man who knows in his bones the right and wrong of fine things. The Lovejoy Antiques team includes Tinker Dill, Lovejoy's barker, Eric Catchpole, his apprentice (the son of the local butcher), and Jane Felsham, the supportive lady of a local grandee. In the fifth and sixth series Lovejoy develops a special relationship with the elegant Charlotte Cavendish, who heads an auction house. Lovejoy's business rival Charlie Gimbert is both his landlord and a competitor for good buys of all kinds. Beth Taylor joins Lovejoy's team on a youth employment scheme in the middle of the fifth series. The show ran for almost nine years, from 1986 to 1994, and is still being repeated in several countries. It was created for television by Ian La Frenais and is based on the Lovejoy books by Jonathan Gash.moreless

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  • Quotes (148)

    • Nicola: Mr Lovejoy? Lovejoy: No mister, just Lovejoy.

    • Drabble: Excuse me, sir, bail has been offered. Alexander: Really, by whom? Drabble: By your wife, sir.

    • Eric: Well, when I turn up this morning, they say you got nicked, then we tear around the country like Miami-Vice and then we drench some aristocrat. Lovejoy: So? Eric: Well, this job might not be so boring after all.

    • Catchpole: It has to be said, Eric. You're a bitter disappointment to me. Eric: Only since I turned vegetarian.

    • Lovejoy: (To camera) Don't forget, antiques could be very valuable, and once money is involved, a great deal of money, people can get very greedy, cunning, desperate even. Then people can get hurt, or worse.

    • Lovejoy: (to camera) If home is where the heart is, then this is home to me. An auction room, on auction day, when the old ticker beats faster with the slender possibility that somewhere, just somewhere, amongst the birdcages, silver spoons, commemorative medals, roll-top desks and cast-offs from granny's attic, somewhere, amongst them lot, a genuine, authentic antique will appear shining with all the love that made it.

    • Lovejoy: Any competition? Tinker: Oh just scrap merchants and pigs farmers, who couldn't tell a Welsh dresser from a Welsh rabbit.

    • Lovejoy: (To the audience) One of the joys of buying rare and beautiful things is coming to sales like this. Where most of the punters here are farmers, who are here to bid each other sky- high over a roll of tangled chicken wire, a dozen bald tires and an old Cortina, non-running of course. What they don't know is that beneath this pile of crap, there is something so valuable, if that they bought it, they wouldn't have to look at a cow's utter for twelve months. But they won't buy it, because they don't have the knowledge nor the skill, but I have and I will.

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    Notes (80)

    • Locations for The Firefly Cage include Lavenham, Kersey, and a Martello tower on the Suffolk coast dating from the time of the Napoleonic wars.

    • This episode is based on Jonathan Gash's book Firefly Gadroon (1982).

    • The locations for The Axeman Cometh include Long Melford, Suffolk, and the Portobello Road, in London.

    • Lovejoy has one daughter, from his failed marriage to Susan, but his daughter has a tendency to change her name. In the first season she is Kate and is played by Charlotte Edwards. In the third season she is called Vicky and is played by Amelia Shankley. In the sixth season she changes the spelling of her name to Viki, and is played by Amelia Curtis. Despite Amelia Curtis and Amelia Shankley being alike, they are not the same person.

    • Friends, Romans and Enemies is based on Jonathan Gash's book Gold from Gemini (1978), which is called in the U.S. Gold by Gemini.

    • This episode was filmed on location at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and on the Isle of Man. One scene shows the famous water wheel, called the Lady Isabella, at Laxey on the Isle of Man, which has a diameter of twenty-four yards and is the largest working water wheel in the world.

    • This episode is based on Jonathan Gash's first Lovejoy book, The Judas Pair (1977).

    • Locations for The Judas Pair include the Backs at Cambridge (where college gardens meet the River Cam), the town of Bury St Edmunds, in Suffolk, and the village of Blakeney in north Norfolk.

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    Trivia (5)

    • Continuity error: When Lovejoy talks to Melanie Ford to set up the auction for Madeline Gilbert, he tells Melanie he has to keep his client's name confidential. After the burglary, Melanie tells Lovejoy "you didn't tell me this was Madeline Gilbert's house." Yet earlier, when James Ford gives Michael Le Mar an inventory for the Carlton Grange auction forwarded to him by Melanie, the insert of the document clearly shows "CONFIDENTIAL CLIENT INFO ADDRESS c/o Ms Madeline Gilbert".

    • When Lovejoy and Charlotte enter the inn at night, Lovejoy is carrying two bags. One of them has Manchester United printed on it. Ian McShane's father Harry McShane was a player for the team.

    • Lovejoy appears in a bath robe with a Manchester United towel around his neck. Ian McShane's father, Harry, played for United and Ian is a supporter.

    • Continuity error: Marc and Anna are introduced by an auction house employee as the Tabors, and later Anna Tabor says "my father was part of the Polish aristocracy". Tinker goes to the Polish Embassy to check this story out and later reports to Lovejoy that Count Tabor "had no daughter, so whoever Anna Tabor claims to be, she's lying." Anna surely has the sense not to claim she is the daughter of a Count Tabor while at the same time appearing to be the wife of another Tabor, so that her married and maiden names are the same.

    • This is the first episode where Charlotte Cavendish's blue Jaguar XJS with a blue interior makes an appearance. In the previous episode (The Lost Colony) her car was a red Jaguar XJS with a tan interior.

    Allusions (5)

    • The title alludes to a line from Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar. Mark Antony: Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears! I come not to bury Caesar, but to praise him.

    • The title of this episode comes from the famous "To be or not to be..." speech in Shakespeare's play Hamlet: Hamlet: To be, or not to be, that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them. To die, to sleep - no more. And by a sleep to say we end the heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to. ‘Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep. To sleep, perchance to dream. Ay, there’s the rub. Or in that sleep of death, what dreams may come, when we have shuffled off this mortal coil...

    • The title is an allusion to Thomas Mann's novella Death in Venice (in German, Der Tod in Venedig), which was turned into a big movie by Visconti in 1971.

    • The title is an allusion to Thomas Mann's novella Death in Venice (in German, Der Tod in Venedig), which was turned into a big movie by Visconti in 1971.

    • Charlotte mockingly refers with a southern accent to Mary-John Lovejoy as Scarlett O'Hara. She was the southern beauty and main character in the novel and film Gone with the Wind.

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Quintessentially British. Can say more than that.

    By Steerforth, Apr 03, 2009

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