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Under the Hammer

Under the Hammer

Romance and intrigue at a London auction house. Written by John Mortimer (Rumpole of the Bailey), this 1990s British drama stars Richard Wilson (One Foot in the Grave) and Jan Francis (Just Good Friends)...more.
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Overview
Romance and intrigue at a London auction house. Written by John Mortimer (Rumpole of the Bailey), this 1990s British drama stars Richard Wilson (One Foot in the Grave) and Jan Francis (Just Good Friends) as art experts who share a passion for the treasures they put under the hammer. Guest stars include John Gielgud. "Excellent"--Daily Mail (UK). 7 episodes, 6 hrs, 2 DVDs, SDH.
Episodes
Disc 1
Episode 1: The Fatal Attribution
What defines a masterpiece: the fact that a renowned artist created it, or the merits of the work itself? Ben and Maggie are thrilled by the discovery of a possible 16th-century Bronzino--but the owner inherited the painting under suspicious circumstances.

Episode 2: Wonders in the Deep
Klinsky's resident wine expert has miraculously stumbled upon a reserve of Chateau Petrus '61, pricing the rare wine at PS850 per bottle. Ben distrusts the windfall, as well as a superb silver piece brought to him by a shady antiques dealer.

Episode 3: The Virgin of Vitebsk
Ben and Maggie visit Moscow to explore the possibility of opening an auction house there. Ben plans to make the most of his time with Maggie, but he's foiled by an amorous tour guide and a masterpiece that suddenly resurfaces after being lost for generations.

Episode 4: The Jolly Joker
The Klinsky chairman purchases a piece from a modern painter, but Ben doubts the artwork is all it's purported to be. Through their keen instincts and a bit of luck, Maggie and Ben uncover a bold plot and finally begin to recognize their feelings for one another.

Disc 2
Episode 5: After Titian
A bidder at Klinsky's New York branch mysteriously dies, and Ben suspects that a rare Titian masterwork has something to do with it. After making some unexpected discoveries, Ben must make a choice between what's best for his career and his conscience.

Episode 6: The Specter at the Feast
A lost manuscript containing an unpublished story from Charles Dickens presents a tantalizing prospect, but it might be too good to be true. When the manuscript is stolen, Ben finds himself the prime suspect, with much more than his reputation at stake.

Episode 7: Treasure Trove
The prickly, imperious head of Klinsky's antiquities department is causing trouble for Maggie, but it's nothing compared to her personal life. She must decide once and for all where her heart lies: with the dashing wine expert, her career, or a certain third party.
DVD Extras
  • Biography of John Mortimer
Details
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 357 minutes
Format: Full screen
Number of discs: 2
Language: English
Subtitles: No
Color or B&W: Color
CC: No
SDH: Yes
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Rating: NR
Press
"Excellent"--Daily Mail (UK)
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