When Lovejoy's home and headquarters are repossessed, Ian McShane's (Deadwood) heedless antiques dealer lands in dire straits. The financial blow forces him and his associates, Eric (Chris Jury, The Big Game) and Tinker (Dudley Sutton, The Beiderbecke Connection), into some of their seediest jobs yet. From ripping off an eccentric Dutch art dealer and making a real Stradivarius seem fake, to conning an entire viewing audience on national television, Lovejoy tests himself to the limit.
Of course, his antics don't sit well with Lady Jane Felsham (Phyllis Logan, Downton Abbey), whose on-again-off-again relationship with the affable antihero is constantly under fire. Will her good influence be enough to change Lovejoy's endlessly questionable behavior? Most likely not--but that won't stop her from trying. Guest stars in Series 4 include Martin Clunes (Doc Martin),Ronald Pickup (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Leslie Phillips (Venus), and Richard Griffiths (Harry Potterfilms, The History Boys). 13 episodes, 12 hours, 4 DVDs, SDH.
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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.
- Christmas Special The Prague Sun (97 minutes)
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 693 minutes, plus bonus programming
Format: Full screen
Number of Discs: 4
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Rating: NR. Contains mild language and brief nudity.
Other: Due to the age of these programs and the improved resolution that DVD provides, you may notice occasional flaws in the image and audio on this DVD presentation that were beyond the studio's ability to correct from the original materials.
"Ian McShane...bring[s] just the right touch of insouciance and ingenuousness to the part"--The Denver Post
"Inimitably rich and funny"--The Washington Post
"A bravura performance in a most enjoyable show"--Deseret News (Salt Lake City)
"Must-see TV"--Oakland Tribune
"Fun to watch"--The New York Times
"Lighthearted detective show"--The New York Times