Season 1 Episode 2

The Axeman Cometh

Aired Unknown Jan 17, 1986 on BBC
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The Axeman Cometh
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

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  • An episode with an angry axeman, a Jewish imposter and a determine tax collector. What more can you ask for?

    This episode was wonderful and eye opening, it was eye-opening in the sense that in the auction at Old man Catesby's farm, really honed down on the dark-side of the antique trade with the tag swapping fiasco with the old Welsh dresser. This showed the depths dealers go to get that one step ahead of the competition, and if it weren't for the charm of Lovejoy and Tinker we might actually loath their antics, but instead we enjoy it and cheer them on.

    The tax collector was a nice touch I think , as it show us that it is more than petty thugs (as shown in the previous episode) that Lovejoy is trying to avoid, as I imagine some of the taxes you would have to pay on certain purchases to be quite crippling.

    The only grumble about the episode, and is a small grumble, is that half way through the episode, Lovejoy travels to London to find a buyer for the Arab head-wear. And to me, I prefer the episode when the episode is solely based in Suffolk/ Norfolk as I believe it is just as important & influential as the characters in the show.

    My favourite moment in the episode was the auction at Old man Catesby's farm and the antics that occurred.moreless
  • The basics of the characters were done in the first episode now it was time for them to grow. Eric is still learning, albeit very little about antiques, Tinker is out foraging for antiques and Lovejoy is chasing women.moreless

    This episode shows how not only the antiques business works but auctions and the people who make their living at them. They will switch tags, give false impressions all for the ability to make one big score.

    I know, I have seen it happen in my business, where people have done the same things, sometimes you laugh as others have already seen the real item and will not let them get away with it but it still happens at smaller places where people do not pay as strict attention.

    I was at an auction years ago and was looking at one particular lot. My expertise was not in this field and I showed it to a good friend. I looked at all the items in my field and when this item came up for bid, I bid on it as a lark but hoped that my bidding would not attract too much attention. It did not, it was a major score. Everyone was looking for the wrong things, when the major parts were not there, they let it go, but the minor parts were beautiful and I made a huge profit selling them off.

    The coal carving and firefly cage in the book do not do a real firefly care justice. The item they showed as a coal carving if real would have been a masterpiece.

    But killing Lovejoys friend did the bad guys in as he wanted revenge not justice, he got both.moreless
Yves Marie Maurin

Yves Marie Maurin


Guest Star

Oliver Cotton

Oliver Cotton


Guest Star

Zienia Merton

Zienia Merton

Miss Taylor

Guest Star

Denys Graham

Denys Graham


Recurring Role

Geoffrey Bateman

Geoffrey Bateman

Dandy Jack

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Lovejoy: Any competition?

      Tinker: Oh just scrap merchants and pigs farmers, who couldn't tell a Welsh dresser from a Welsh rabbit.

    • Lovejoy: (To the audience) One of the joys of buying rare and beautiful things is coming to sales like this. Where most of the punters here are farmers, who are here to bid each other sky- high over a roll of tangled chicken wire, a dozen bald tires and an old Cortina, non-running of course. What they don't know is that beneath this pile of crap, there is something so valuable, if that they bought it, they wouldn't have to look at a cow's utter for twelve months. But they won't buy it, because they don't have the knowledge nor the skill, but I have and I will.

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