Ian McShane (Deadwood) is an antiques dealer and part-time detective in this hit British drama based on the fast-paced novels by Jonathan Gash. The roguish Lovejoy (we never learn his first name) has an eye for a find and a forgery, a fondness for the ladies, and a weakness for a good sob story. Made for British television in the 1980s and '90s, see on A&E.
Episode 1: The Napoleonic Commode
A bailiff repossesses Freddy's house, where Lovejoy has been living and running his antiques business. Without the money to stop them, Lovejoy and his associates are finished—but salvation may lie in an antique French loo.
Episode 2: The Ring
Still reeling after losing his home and business, Lovejoy plots his rebound. Stubbornly refusing to accept Jane's help, he turns to a more dubious plan: selling a cheap painting after a few shady dealers inflate the price.
Episode 3: Second Fiddle
At a charity gathering, Jane introduces Lovejoy to violin prodigy Lindsey Parry-Davies. The next day, he shows up at Lovejoy's shop with an unusual request: to make a priceless Stradivarius look like a fake. But why?
Episode 4: The Colour of Mary
Charlie Gimbert, one of the sleaziest dealers in the trade, rolls into town on tour with fallen snooker champion Murray McNally. To keep his cash cow happy, Charlie contracts Lovejoy to track down an impossible antique: Mary Queen of Scots's billiard table.
Episode 5: Fly the Flag
Facing death duties threatening to bankrupt him, Jane's friend Christian Shotley asks Lovejoy to appraise some valuable antiques. When they turn out to be forgeries, Shotley's only hope may lie in an 18th-century flag of mysterious provenance.
Episode 6: Judgement of Solomon
A mysterious parcel of stolen antiques is planted in Lady Jane's car, landing Eric in jail. Meanwhile, Lovejoy is summoned to broker a very lucrative sale of prewar Judaica. But the seller's supposed ignorance of the collection's origin is cause for concern.
Episode 7: The Galloping Major
The tail light of Lovejoy's truck is smashed in a hit-and-run outside the auction house. He and Eric head to a local scrap yard to cheaply replace it, but end up leaving with far more than they bargained for.
Episode 8: God Helps Those
A truck with a battering ram is breaking into East Anglia's antiques shops. Meanwhile, Lady Jane recruits Lovejoy to oversee a charity doll auction for a hospital.
Episode 9: They Call Me Midas
Lovejoy's mentor, Jim Leonard, calls upon him to partake in an elaborate con aimed at a ruthless Dutch art dealer named Hans Koopman. To pull it off, everyone, including Eric and Tinker, will have to play their parts to perfection.
Episode 10: Irish Stew
Lovejoy tracks down a Jack Butler Yeats painting for Lady Jane and accompanies her to Ireland to claim it. While there, he becomes entangled in a drama involving a flashy dealer who once conned him and an ailing, yet glamorous, actress.
Episode 11: Dainty Dish
Lovejoy and his associates are off to Brighton to visit a baroness of Belgian nobility. The chest she hopes to sell isn't worth much, but a dish that Lovejoy finds inside of it could be part of a more valuable dinner service—one he'll go to extraordinary lengths to find.
Episode 12: Taking the Pledge
Lovejoy runs into a long-lost friend, Jamie, now homeless after a costly divorce. The last possession to Jamie's name is a valuable portrait miniature, which he pawned for a criminally low sum. Lovejoy must now recover it without revealing its true worth.
Episode 13: Lovejoy Loses It
Lovejoy steps into the national spotlight, appearing on a TV show to appraise audience members' antiques on the spot. But a mystical stunt he pulls with the host, while impressive, may ultimately lead to his downfall.
BONUS Christmas special The Prague Sun (97 min.)
Lady Jane is keeping Lovejoy at arm's length. Meanwhile, a war veteran thought to be dead returns after a 50-year absence to claim some buried diamonds. But someone else has his eye on them.