Ian McShane is back as Lovejoy, the crime-solving antiques dealer with an eye for beauty…and trouble! The worlds quirkiest crime-solving antiques hero is back in Season three, now with four discs of side-splitting and outrageous escapades! Much to Lovejoys annoyance, hes not the only one on a never-ending quest for wealth and valuables. However, while he proves unstoppable in the face of sinister Italians, vengeful customers and even Erics vintage motorbikes, can he manage to escape the snares of love?]]>
Lovejoy: The Complete Colection
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Top Customer Reviews
Lovejoy's friends--Tinker Dill, Eric Catchpole, and Lady Jane Felsham--are also amusing, often hilarious. Tinker is Lovejoy's inebriated sidekick who knows quite a bit about the antique business himself. Eric's character is really funny: a sullen, sometimes resentful assistant whom Lovejoy does not always treat with respect but who's actions always gets laughs. Lady Jane is Lovejoy's wealthy but married female friend who likes to hang out with the lovable rogue; she often financially aids Lovejoy and willingly and sometimes unwillingly helps facilitate his plots. There is an ambiguity about their personal relationship that continues throughout the series.Read more ›
Lovejoy is a roguish and seldom successful antiques dealer in England who has a special quality to 'sense' if an antique is real or fake. For those more familiar with the books, his virtually psychic ability is played up more in the books than it is in the TV series, although it does make appearances from time to time in the shows. The TV series is also considerably sanitized over the content of the books, which have a lot more sex, mayhem, and out and out criminality on the part of Lovejoy himself ... although he always MEANS well. LOL
One major advantage of the TV series over the books is that you can always understand the endings. Gash from time to time dives into endings in his books in a very abrupt and chaotic fashion, and even though you somehow get the impression that everything worked out in the end, occasionally you're not certain of the mechanics of how it happened. And no, I'm not hopeless at reading comprehension, in fact I'm quite good at it. I'd say about one in four of the books have this problem.
As has been mentioned by other reviewers, the extras on the Lovejoy series DVDs are on the sketchy side.Read more ›
Lovejoy came before the days of DVDs, so extras are a bit limited. That said, die-hard fans will enjoy the included extras. An Interview with author Jonathan Gash is interesting (albeit not overly exciting), and explores the background for the show, stories, and characters, and how they developed. The real "meat," however, lies in the two extras that focus on the star.
The Interview with Ian McShane and Gwen Humble is entertaining and funny, not only offering a take on what went on behind the scenes, but also revealing the impact the role - and series - had on the actors. This sentiment is continued in the third and final feature, Ian McShane looks back on Lovejoy Parts 1-6, allowing him to offer additional tidbits of trivia, behind-the-scenes "secrets" and his take on the show.
Although the price is a bit high (Lovejoy: The Complete Collection retails for $300) given the lack of special features, you can find it much more reasonable on Amazon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We happen to love the series from A & E days of watching. Set was and is perfection.
Love the supporting cast too. Oh Tinker!
Great collection of British mystery/comedies. Always fun to re-watch.Published 16 months ago by RW Traveller
So happy to get this series. A trip down memory lane when I used to watch this series years ago. Ian McShane is a much under-rated actor. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Max
This series is a lot of fun. Although sometimes the plots are a bit hard to follow (you have to master both the accents and the insiders' terms of art), a quietly humorous and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lenny
Lovejoy is lovely. What a joy to sit down in the afternoon with a cup of coffee and watch Lovejoy and his merry band of cohorts.Published 23 months ago by Jan T.
Light-hearted, breezy, entertainment especially if the viewer is an antique buff and an enjoyer of non-violent mysteries. Read morePublished on July 8, 2014 by Cynthia Henrich
Simply divine. No matter how down I may feel, these episodes never fail to put me in a good mood.Published on July 1, 2014 by Librarius42