Lovejoy

Friends, Romans and Enemies

Season 1, Ep 4, Aired 1/31/86
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  • Episode Description
  • A local museum is robbed, and it seems to be connected with the death of a forger. Lovejoy goes on the trail of a hoard of Roman coins in the Isle of Man. Two Americans are also after the coins.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dudley Sutton

    Tinker Dill

  • Ian McShane

    Lovejoy

  • Phyllis Logan

    Jane Felsham

  • Chris Jury

    Eric Catchpole

  • Malcolm Tierney

    Charlie Gimbert

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Lovejoy and the Isle of Man. Nice.

    By Steerforth, Mar 11, 2010

  • This episode was very close to the book for the most part and was quite well done. The concept of Roman coins on the Isle of Man is great.

    By QuakertownBob, Nov 05, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Eric: If it's money, I'm sure my dad will pay you extra. Lovejoy: In advance? Eric: If you want, Lovejoy. Lovejoy: Mister Lovejoy. I am your teacher.

    • Lovejoy: (To the audience) In the antiques business doing a scan means going through a job of lot stuff, sorting out the genuine articles from the shoddy crap-ology of the modern world. I only do it when I'm broke, which is fairly often. Well at least it kinda like of being on the knock, shall we say. Translation, going around banging on the door asking the public, if they have anything old to sale. Sure sign of impending failure in the antique game. Did I say game? Antiques is a lovely but a murderous business, filled with love, fear, greed, death, loathing and ecstasy. Well I've owned up but I'm the only one you can trust in this game.

    Notes (2)

    • 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.

    Allusions (1)

    • 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.

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