Lovejoy

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Episode Guide

  • Season 1
    • The Firefly Cage
      Episode 1
      1/10/86
      9.0
      We meet Lovejoy, and he hires young Eric Catchpole, the son of a local butcher, as an apprentice. Together they set out on Eric's motorbike to unravel the mystery of a Japanese firefly cage.

      Lovejoy and Eric are passing a roadside event, while in hot pursuit of a lovely lady; They hit a puddle of water in the road and thus drench Jane, Lady Felsham, who is dressed in a smart suit as she unveils a new memorial. Later, Lovejoy rings the door-bell at Felsham Hall and meets Jane again. They hit it off, and soon she is showing Lovejoy around her attics.moreless
    • 1/17/86
      8.8
      Lovejoy buys an old Welsh dresser at Charlie Gimbert's auction and is told it belonged to an old man who recently died. Hidden inside, Lovejoy finds a rich Arab head-dress, heavy with gold coins. Soon afterwards, Catesby, an ugly-looking customer just out of jail, turns up to see Lovejoy. He claims he is the son of the late owner of the Welsh dresser and his father had promised it to him, so he wants to buy it back. They agree a price and the dresser is sold, but, of course, its treasure is no longer inside it. Catesby comes looking for Lovejoy with an axe. And one of Her Majesty's tax inspectors is after Lovejoy, too.moreless
    • The Sting
      Episode 3
      1/20/86
      8.8
      Lovejoy sets out to help a young woman to trace a pair of valuable Meissen figures which she sold to raise cash for her drug habit. Then he comes across evidence of a double-cross by Charlie Gimbert, and he decides to get even.
    • 1/31/86
      8.2
      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.
    • The Judas Pair
      Episode 5
      2/7/86
      8.7
      The wife and brother of a man killed with a fabulous pair of Regency duelling pistols engage Lovejoy to find the pistols and bring about the downfall of the murderer. In the process, Lovejoy puts Jane's life at risk and challenges Dr La Grange to a duel.
    • To Sleep No More
      Episode 6
      2/14/86
      8.5

      Sam Wendell, an old forger, dies of a heart attack while being pursued by a mysterious priest, leaving behind one of his small forgeries. Sam had told his wife it was the key to a fortune, and the priest soon tries to break into the Wendell house. Lovejoy aims to unravel the puzzle, by way of helping Sam's widow (who's left with very little) to recover anything of value. Along the way, Lovejoy dresses up as a priest.

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    • The Real Thing
      Episode 7
      2/21/86
      8.5
      Needing a break from Charlie Gimbert, Lovejoy takes a job for a few days at a new antiques market in Norwich owned by a client of Jane's. He soon realizes that the boss is a con-man and sets out to expose him. Along the way, Lovejoy also tries to trap a second crook who is selling fake paintings.moreless
    • 2/28/86
      8.3
      Lovejoy finds a bundle of old love letters hidden in the back of an antique clock. He quickly falls for the clock's present owner, but are the letters genuine? Under the name of 'Captain Lovejoy', he sets out to find the answer.
    • Death and Venice (1)
      3/7/86
      8.5
      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.
    • Death and Venice (2)
      3/14/86
      9.3
      In Venice, Lovejoy gets a job working for the identical twins Caterina and Lavinia, who are behind the art scam, with a view to busting them, and he meets a Scottish forger called Lucky Luciano.

      Lovejoy and Lucky work together to unravel the mystery of the Island of Rats.
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