Season 1 Episode 4

Friends, Romans and Enemies

Aired Unknown Jan 31, 1986 on BBC
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Friends, Romans and Enemies
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.

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  • Lovejoy and the Isle of Man. Nice.

    This episode was similar to that of the book and was as ever an enjoyable romp to watch. The great accomplishment this episode achieved was how beautiful the Isle of Man was and still is.

    The episode started with Gimbert asking (in looses of terms) Lovejoy where his rent was? To me this was comical and also an insight into how the relationship between the two operates, where at one point Gimbert is pointing his shotgun straight at Lovejoy to the next scene where they are having a cup of tea together.

    After the banter between the two, the episode cuts to Lovejoy sitting on the bus and going in on infamous monologue. This rant was brilliant as he talks about the low-brow work that has be done that is often over-shadowed by the glitz and glam of the auction room, and showing the dirty and dark side of the antique trade.

    In this episode, it seems that Lovejoy is more hard-up than ever using his cunning to the max, trying desperately to stay in the race. But when the mystery of the false picture arrives this becomes his main priority simply for his curiosity, plus with the two Americans who are all smiles at first then becomes aggressive especially towards poor Dandy Jack, does it become a race. With the race taken Lovejoy to the picturesque Isle of Man, whilst leaving behind a trail of angry and wronged people, you find a countryside that is not too similar to that of East Anglia. So overall the episode was easily compelling with a mixture of beauty, humour & good old story-telling.

    My favourite moment in the episode was Lovejoy's monologue on the bus, followed closely with Gimbert's 'Where's my rent?' moment.moreless
  • 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.

    Lovejoy is in the middle of a puzzle, why did the man make such a great fake with such an obvious mistake. That got Lovejoy's attention, and when the more he got involved the more questions he has. When Dandy Jack gets hurt, Lovejoy get angry and decides to get the answers and get even.

    The episode has enough facts in it to get the audience interested and when Lovejoy goes to the Isle of Man to find his answers, and finds them, with the help of Eric and Lady Jane.

    The scenery is great, and the waterwheel is not a prop but the largest working waterwheel in the world.moreless
Catherine Strauss

Catherine Strauss


Guest Star

Burnell Tucker

Burnell Tucker


Guest Star

Charlotte Edwards

Charlotte Edwards

Kate Lovejoy

Guest Star

Denys Graham

Denys Graham


Recurring Role

Geoffrey Bateman

Geoffrey Bateman

Dandy Jack

Recurring Role

Jo Ross

Jo Ross


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • 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.


    • 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.