Season 2 Episode 11

The Black Virgin of Vladimir

Aired Unknown Mar 17, 1991 on BBC
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The Black Virgin of Vladimir
Cassandra Lynch, an American widow who knows Lovejoy, buys some clever fakes from dealer Harry Catapodis, but Lovejoy spots them. Caught out, Harry offers to buy the things back from Cassandra, but he admits he will sell them on to another customer. With the help of a Japanese business man and others, Lovejoy aims to teach Harry a lesson - and also to make a little money and seduce Cassandra at the same time.


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Toshiro Tanaka

Guest Star

Linda Gray

Linda Gray

Cassandra Lynch

Guest Star

Brian Blessed

Brian Blessed

Harry Catapodis

Guest Star

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  • QUOTES (7)

    • Tinker: I wouldn't mind a cup of vod...
      Lovejoy: Tea!
      Tinker: Tea.

    • Lovejoy: (to camera) They look as Russian as Stevie Wonder.

    • Lovejoy: (to camera) Isn't it bloody just. What was it that Harry said? The last great art black market on earth. A lake full of stuff that's been dammed up for seventy odd years.

    • Lovejoy: Tink, there's lager in the fridge and coffee in the pot.
      Tinker: No thanks, I hold out for the champagne.

    • Harry: I'm an antique dealer, not a rain-forest aid-worker.

    • Lovejoy: Mr Tanaka. When Captain Abraham went looking for Moby Dick, he didn't use frozen peas. Is you in or is you ain't?

    • Lovejoy: (to camera) Consider provenance, the documented connections to historical figures or situations will sometimes give you a massive financial boost to an otherwise trivial object. Never mind that batty old Victorian umbrella that maybe's ready for the rubbish. As long as you've got that all important precious piece of paper which proves beyond a doubt that it once belonged to Prince Albert. Then some monarchy groupie could pay for your holiday in Tenerife and you will still have some left over for the humanely murdered organic turkey for Christmas. What it comes down to, I suppose, is you got to have a hell of a lot of faith in a few sheets of cheap legal paper, especially if you're buying a hundred dollar tea bowl for two million.

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