National Wealth

Season 2, Ep 7, Aired 2/17/91
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  • Episode Description
  • Tinker is thrilled when Madeline Gilbert, a retired film star, sends for the Lovejoy team, as he has an old crush on her. Madeline wants to sell some of her antiques and gives Lovejoy the job of arranging an auction, but before the big day can arrive there is a robbery at the house - one bearing a striking resemblance to a number of other country house raids in England and France. An international gang seems to be at work, and sadly Madeline is not insured. Lovejoy has begun an affair with Melanie, the glamorous auctioneer he had lined up for the house sale, but she suddenly drops him after the robbery at Madeline's house... after Lovejoy has found a link between the suspected French art gang and Melanie's former boyfriend, he manages to put two and two together.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dudley Sutton

    Tinker Dill

  • Ian McShane


  • Phyllis Logan

    Jane Felsham

  • Chris Jury

    Eric Catchpole

  • Malcolm Tierney

    Charlie Gimbert

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Lovejoy: (to camera) Architectural theft. In plain lingo, that's nicking anything from fireplaces to statues. This is the worst kind of stealing, taking the art and craftsmanship that's taken centuries to build up. Cultural heritage of a nation, once it's gone you can't get it back. Can you imagine? A Victorian fireplace in a Tokyo apartment, a Louis XV table in a Californian beach house. No, it just ain't the same. And these people, they tear the sinuses and the heart out of the nation. They strip it of its national wealth. What have we got left in England, if not our past?

    • Eric:Fancy a big house being on mail order. My mum does that, probably the same firm. Mind you it's likely to be a member of staff isn't it. The cook, someone like that. Lovejoy & Melanie: Shut up Eric!

    • Lovejoy: (to camera) He's given me the name of a Major Sullivan. Apparently he's a bit of a snot bag. Talks like he's got a mouth full of marbles, ex-SAS and hard as a rock, but shouldn't let that put me off. He's got a boat, he's on board, out near Windsor.

    • Lovejoy: How's Miriam, Eric? Eric: Never been better. Lovejoy: Think she'll get to London and back? Eric: London? Ah, er, maybe.

    • Lovejoy: (to camera) Some days, life takes on a whole new meaning. The green grass, the birds in the wind, the whole wondrous nature of Planet Earth become a mystic fusion, for me anyway.

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    Notes (1)

    • National Wealth was made on location in Essex, Suffolk, Cambridge, Windsor, Wargrave-on-Thames, and France.

    Trivia (1)

    • 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".

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