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Lovejoy - The Complete Season 1 (1986)

Ian McShane , Charlotte Edwards  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ian McShane, Charlotte Edwards, Terence Dackombe
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Warner
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2007
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NJXG8Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,525 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lovejoy - The Complete Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 9 episodes on three discs: The Firefly Cage, The Axeman Cometh, The Sting, Friends Romans and Enemies, The Judas Pair, To Sleep No More, The Real Thing, The March of Time, Death and Venice parts 1 and 2
  • Ian McShane talks about Lovejoy

Editorial Reviews

"I've been in more hot water than a tea-bag," declares rapscallion antiques dealer Lovejoy, played with devilish charm by Ian McShane (Deadwood, Sexy Beast). And indeed he has: Whether his quarry is a forged snuffbox, a pair of pistols, or an Arab wedding headdress, he always seems to run afoul of greedy collectors, unscrupulous dealers, and scheming lowlifes. How does he triumph? By being just as greedy, unscrupulous, and scheming as they are! This raffish mysteries series, set in the world of English antiques, revels in roundabout plots and oddball characters, but its success rests on McShane's shoulders. Some episodes are sluggish (the one with an axe-wielding lunatic after a Welsh dresser never quite takes off) and some are deft (a forger's heart attack in the middle of a cricket match leads to an underground crypt, with a phony priest and an upper-class nymphomaniac along the way), but McShane is always captivating as he zips around the countryside in his battered yellow station wagon or clings to his assistant's motorcycle sidecar. The ten episodes of this first season (followed, after a hiatus due to some contractual problems, by five more) feature a Japanese firefly cage, Roman coins, mysterious love letters, and Machiavellian identical twins, as well as run-ins with Lovejoy's prat of a rival, Charlie (Malcolm Tierney) and flirting with the posh Lady Jane (Phyllis Logan). The supporting cast does a decent job (particularly Dudley Sutton as a boozy antiques expert), but they know they're just along for the ride. With his heavy-lidded eyes, rolling voice, and dangerously seductive smile, McShane's charisma is off the chart. He even carries off talking to the camera--you wish he was talking to you all the time. Fans of English mysteries who tire of the usual moral rectitude should give this bad boy a try. (The only extra is a brief interview with McShane, pleasant but unrevealing.) --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

Ian McShane (Deadwood) stars as the irresistible rogue with a keen eye for antiques, intrigue and beauty. Just call him Lovejoy. This antiques dealer and part-time detective scours the murky salesrooms, auction halls and stately homes of Britain, always on the lookout for a find or a quick buck. As if the antiques business isn't exciting enough, Lovejoy has a particular weakness for a good sob story or a pretty face, either of which is enough to send him off in pursuit of villains and help victims recover their property. Whether it's a priceless old master or a pretty young lady, his love of beauty is sure to land him in trouble wherever he goes.

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83 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British Cultural Icon Comes to America Finally April 1, 2007
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If you are a fan of BBC America's Bargin Hunt, you often hear people talk about being a Lovejoy. This is a reference to this witty show about a dashing antiques dealer who often finds more than he is looking for.

This show first premiered in 1986 in the UK but it took another five years before the second season aired in 1991.

In 1989, Ian McShane made an appearance on the US hit Dallas as a shady movie producer that seduces and runs off with Sue Ellen (Linda Grey). Linda repaid Ian by appearing as Lovejoy's love interest in the Series 2 finale. But this is her only appearance in the series. For the US, they used this as the series premiere on A&E.

In the series, Lady Jane was his unattainable love interest. She was beautifully played by Phylis Logan. She is married and definitely above his station but there are constant spartks being emitted by the two. Lovejoy is has two sidekicks a young apprentice, Eric and the old sage Tinker.

This DVD should contains the following episodes:

The Firefly Cage - Lovejoy hires Eric and meets the lovely Lady Jane

The Axman Cometh - Lovejoy's latest acquisition is too good to be true. And somebody wants it back and is willing to kill for it!

The Sting - Lovejoy gets even with his arch nemisis, Charlie Gimbert

Friends Romans and Enemies - Lovejoy goes on the road to find some Roman coins.

The Judas Pair - Lovejoy tries to locate a pair of rare dueling pistols (the title is based on this). Of course, finding the pistols will uncover a murderer.

To Sleep No More - Lovejoy is given a puzzle to a fortune and he tries to find it for a widow.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY!! for US June 10, 2007
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This is an amazing DVD loaded with all the first season of


1) The Firefly Cage

2) The Axeman Cometh

3) The Sting

4) Friends, Romans and Enemies

5) The Judas Pair

6) To Sleep No More

7) The Real Thing

8) The March of Time

9)Death and Venice - Parts 1 & 2.

Included is an interview with McShane (part 1) where he talks about Lovejoy. Gash's grungy divey was tamed by McShane and made him a wee bit more acceptable to telly viewers, but he retained the essence and often used many of Gash's story lines.

The whole cast is great, the series is created with loving care and BBC gives a great package at a super price. Not to be missed by McShane fans or fans of the series.

500 minutes of pure delight!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Finest entertainment money can buy... July 1, 2007
By marco
...finest entertainment money can buy; only I can see they didn't break the bank setting this 3 disc set up. I only give this item 3 stars, because the presentation/lack of extras on it is not up to snuff. The sound seems a bit dodgey. I had to turn it way way up and even then, the original production sounds like it was recorded on one mike somewhere back of camera. This could easily have been fixed, and without too much cost to the publisher.

ASIDE from this; and excuse the caps--IT'S ABOUT BL**DY TIME! Lovejoy went off A&E network sometime in the late '90's! That's how we Yanks were only able to watch. I won't bore you with a long, detailed synopsis of the series. I will tell you that I wanted to give the item 5 stars, and despite the presentation, of this set, you'll finally have the first series of Lovejoy. (I believe there are 5 or 6, in total.)

Despite the uneven character of a program discovering its strengths and what it's really about, here in the first series; that uneven aspect is still secondary to the fact that this show, is, without doubt, one of the absolute best pieces of entertainment ever to have appeared on television. It doesn't insult your intelligence. It has one of the best ensemble casts ever; and will rarely let you down for an evening's fun. There's a nice bit of art history thrown in as well, as Lovejoy or buddy Tinker expound knowledgably on the virtues--or lack thereof, in the fakes--of the choice antique items that come their way. It's comedy and drama put into a very tasty balance, by Ian MacShane & company.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! April 2, 2007
Finally, Region 1 gets Lovejoy! This is one of the most beloved BBC series aired in the US. Many fans have been waiting for this release since A&E stopped running the show as "Lovejoy Mysteries" so long ago.

Can't wait!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Get Better Than Lovejoy. August 26, 2007
In days gone by when A&E was running Lovejoy almost daily I was fortunate enough to have taped many of the episodes. These grainy VHS tapes have held me over while I waited for DVD versions to appear. They have been available for a few years in the UK but since that format doesn't play here I was forced to buy from a Canadian dealer that was making his own DVD tranfers to our format. I hope the entire series becomes available in our region. This show is almost too good for American TV that is in love with American Idols, Amazing Races, and really awful sitcoms. Lovejoy gives you a real sense of adventure, humor and often a good history lesson. What a great show.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good show!
I had watched this on television a number of years ago. I didn't much remember the plot but only that my husband and I both liked it. It is good to watch it again. Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. Booker
5.0 out of 5 stars childhood memories
watching this brings back so many memories form when i was kid watching the show!!! the subtle inuendos still holds the test of time!! cheeky!
Published 2 months ago by jason s huber
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
for fans of the show this is a great beginning. Fun and with the added mystery and historic facts makes for a great show
Published 2 months ago by David Beatham
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed
I remember Lovejoy from years ago and still find it light and funny. Easy to view without stress and no violence!
Published 2 months ago by Margaret Mary Forst
5.0 out of 5 stars great season but wrong one my error
really great season and I know this because we already have it so this'll be going back to exchange for season 5
Published 3 months ago by PantryPeg Kitchen Designer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun stuff!
Hey it's Ian McShane. Who doesn't love his impish behavior as Lovejoy. I watched these during the 80's on A & E. Have enjoyed them as much now and then.
Published 5 months ago by Yvonne Herwig
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually funny and engrossing, NOT an "Antiques Roadshow" cousin!!
There's not much I need to say that hasn't been said already.

For those of you who have heard the premise of this show but haven't actually watched it yet, rest assured... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kathy-W
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Rascals
If you haven't seen Lovejoy you are in for a rare treat. Enter the world of antiques and the rogues, oddballs, saints, and sinners who inhabit it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Paul Lester
5.0 out of 5 stars My mother loved it!
This was a birthday gift to my mother, and she was thrilled with it! She will be receiving subsequent seasons for Mother's Day!
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Love joy
Suspenseful, humorous, twists, and interesting story plots about antiques and antique dealers are what this tv series offers to the viewers.
Published 13 months ago by Guy Chopski
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