Lovejoy

Death and Venice (1)

Season 1, Ep 9, Aired 3/7/86
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  • Episode Description
  • Lovejoy travels to Venice to investigate the murder of a friend. His dead friend had bought a painting which Lovejoy believed was a fake. In Venice, Lovejoy is at once befriended by the beautiful Cosima and finds himself drawn into an art scam.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dudley Sutton

    Tinker Dill

  • Ian McShane

    Lovejoy

  • Phyllis Logan

    Jane Felsham

  • Chris Jury

    Eric Catchpole

  • Ian La Frenais

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • These 2 episodes stand among the finest in television history, all genres combined!

    By bombtime, Jul 31, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Cosima: What happen? Lovejoy: Well, I took a walk and I forgot I was in Venice.

    • Pinder: They call you a... um a divvie. Lovejoy: Comes from the Greek word divine as in water. Pinder: There really are such people who detect antiques unaided? Lovejoy: Yes. Pinder: Over the years, does a person acquire this advantage? Lovejoy: One acquires knowledge, facts and experience. Divvie has a gift.

    • Caterina: Well yes. My name is Caterina Norman. Lovejoy: Blond, sleek, casual but immaculatly dressed, blue eyes, cool expression yet with a hint of a sensual smile. I vaguely recollect you.

    • Jane: Why does Lovejoy spend half his life in seedy rooms, doing seedy deals with seedy people? Eric: Well he's good at it, isn't he.

    • Lovejoy: (To the audience) To some people, it's women that come first, to others; money, ambition, survival. For me antiques. Well you could say it was revenge or greed that got me into the Venice caper, no but it was antiques. Antiques are everything, first, last forever and ever amen.

    Notes (3)

    • This episode (in two parts) is based on Jonathan Gash's book, The Gondola Scam (1984).

    • Locations include Bury St Edmunds, Ickworth Park, and Venice, Italy.

    • Gwen Humble, who plays Caterina and Lavinia in Death and Venice, is married to Ian McShane in real life.

    Allusions (1)

    • 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.

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