Lovejoy

Bin Diving

Season 2, Ep 3, Aired 1/20/91
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  • Episode Description
  • Lovejoy values the house contents of an elderly widow, an old friend of Jane's, who is burgled soon afterwards. Finding he is the local police's prime suspect, Lovejoy decides to work out for himself (with the help of Brian Nunn, a remarkable bin man) who was behind the burglary. Matters are complicated by Eric's 'bin diving' habit.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dudley Sutton

    Tinker Dill

  • Ian McShane

    Lovejoy

  • Phyllis Logan

    Jane Felsham

  • Chris Jury

    Eric Catchpole

  • Terry Hodgkinson

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Lovejoy: (to camera) Bin diving! There's an expression that makes you hold your breath. Known among the dusters, sorry, refuse collectors as scratching. The art of fossilling around the putrid, rotten garbage for treasure. You know, getting your hand right down inside the goo, in case you come up with a silver spoon that got in the lining of the bin as well as avocado skins. Oh look! Granny's old what-not. God, it's ugly. Never mind that, it could be worth five hundred quid. But you've got to have the eye, you've got to have the feel and you've got to have the stomach of a leather bucket. We chuck away our history every year, we throw away millions. But it's there believe me. Ask any bin diver.

    • Lovejoy: (awaiting an important call, picks up the telephone) Lovejoy Antiques... Get off the phone, you brick head! No, he hasn't phoned yet. (puts the phone down) Just Eric being his conscientious self!

    • Eric: Lovejoy, where have you been? I've been phoning all over. Lovejoy: Well, you didn't try cell three in the nick did you? Where did you get all that money? Eric: Betty Morgan, sold the chair, didn't I? Just making sure she didn't rip us off. Lovejoy: How much did you get? Eric: Got a thousand pounds for it. Lovejoy: Whoa, a thousand pounds. Eric: Yeah, all in cash money. Lovejoy: You sold my Charles II walnut chair for a thousand. I'm going to kill you, Eric. Say goodbye to me because I'm the last person you're going to see alive.

    • Bentley: I'm determining to nick you, Lovejoy. Lovejoy: I admire people with principles.

    Notes (2)

    • Tinker does not appear in this episode.

    • Locations for Bin Diving include Pelhams, Hertfordshire, and Little London, in Essex.

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