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Secrets and seduction at a London auction house
Intrigue and romance in a high stakes world
Ben Glazier (Richard Wilson, One Foot in the Grave) and Maggie Perowne (Jan Francis, Just Good Friends) head the paintings department at Klinsky’s, a well-regarded auction house. Ben can’t resist a good mystery, whether it’s identifying a potential Titian masterpiece, tracking down a lost Dickens manuscript, or pondering how to catch Maggie’s attention. Maggie, meanwhile, dabbles in her own workplace intrigue--in the form of dashing-yet-dodgy wine expert Nick Roper (Michael Siberry, The Grand).
Ben and Maggie share a profound passion for the art they put under the hammer, even if the job means contending with professional competition, a cash-mad boss, and the ever-present threat of fraud. One part art caper, one part slow-burn romance, Under the Hammer provides a revealing glimpse into a world that celebrates profit nearly as much as artistic genius.
Written by John Mortimer, creator of Rumpole of the Bailey, the series also features superb guest stars, including John Gielgud (Arthur), Emily Mortimer (Match Point), Rosemary Harris (Spider-Man), Hermione Norris (Cold Feet), and Ian Carmichael (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries).
It is a pleasant little show but the plots seem a bit contrived.
Basically it comes down Richard Wilson making barbs at people while trying to authenticate works of old masters and trying to woo Jan Francis.
We liked the series very much. thought the cinematography was well done and the dialogue was well written.
I loved Richard Wilson in an earlier British sit com... thought he was wonderful, so I ordered Under the Hammer based on that. I was bitterly disappointed with the series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janice Smith
IMO this show gets on ones nerves very fast. Arguments and petty quarrels seem so childish. Gave it to the library.Published 4 months ago by Roger L. Reynolds
This was an amusing series, but did not use the subject as informative, Interesting, or exciting as I had expected.Published 13 months ago by Mrs. Corinna Wildman
We're fans of Richard Wilson. These episodes show him in fine form. Now if someone would release Duck Patrol, we could watch Richard Wilson at his absolute best. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mitch NC
Being a lover of art, auctions and British crime shows, I thought this would combine three of my passions. Read morePublished 15 months ago by P. B. Masse
Clever dialogue, good acting and story interesting to the lover of art. A fun look back stage at auction houses.Published 19 months ago by Joyce Eriksen
The relationship between the main characters was intriguing and emphasized by great dialogue. I enjoyed the plots of the episodes and the setting of the art world. Read morePublished 19 months ago by S A Hurston
Have seen better. Does not hold interest. Acting is below average. Plot made no sense. Would not recommend to a friend or family member.Published 20 months ago by georgia
I am hoping there are more episodes coming soon. I so enjoyed the series and the characters as well. Thank youPublished 20 months ago by rick winder