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Lovejoy - The Complete Season 2

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Lovejoy: The Complete Season Two (DVD)



Ian McShane has the best eyes on television--they turn from a mischievous twinkle to a baleful, heart-stopping glare in an instant. McShane achieved fame in the U.S. as foul-mouthed saloon owner Al Swearengen on Deadwood, but long before then he'd made his mark as lovable but slippery antiques dealer Lovejoy, whose gift for sifting true articles from false is matched only by his personal magnetism--for trouble. The second season of this British series beings with Lovejoy in prison for transporting stolen goods. Naturally, he'd been set up, and the episode darts back and forth in time as Lovejoy and his compatriots--boozy partner Tinker (Dudley Sutton), resentful flunky Eric (Chris Jury), and the woman Lovejoy wishes was more than a friend, Lady Jane (Phyllis Logan)--figure out the who, what, and how of the con game. Though the show is best categorized as a mystery, only a few episodes feature any serious violence, and only one is a murder mystery (with a dead body in a suit of medieval armor). At its best, Lovejoy is about trickery and human weakness. Lovejoy helps a disinherited brother take revenge on his greedy sibling; a collection of classic pornography may belong to a girls' school; a wandering artist seduces lonely housewives by doing paintings of their cottages. When there is gunplay--as when a French policeman is killed by thieves who strip homes of their architectural features--it feels a bit overdone, a bit showy. Far more compelling are the subtle conflicts and dramas, such as when Lovejoy gently forces an elderly woman to admit her silver bowls aren't worth what she claimed. Both writing and direction have sharpened in this second season: Plots are twistier, characters better developed, the pace more sprightly, and McShane seems gloriously at ease with unscrupulous alter-ego. In addition to twelve excellent episodes (including the two-part season finale, featuring Linda Gray from Dallas), this box set has two charming interviews with McShane, one made for the dvd release and one from a 1991 British talk show, conducted when the series was aired. Lovejoy features an abundance of vaguely familiar character actors as guest starts, including Brian Blessed (Flash Gordon), Patrick Malahide (The Singing Detective), and Tom Wilkinson (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

  • 11 episodes on three discs
  • Ian McShane looks back on Lovejoy part 2
  • Interview with Ian McShane

Product Details

  • Actors: Patrick Murray, Terence Dackombe, Charlotte Edwards, Ian McShane
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 624 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VWX6T4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,415 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lovejoy - The Complete Season 2" on IMDb

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By Michael Birman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 17, 2007
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The long overdue US success that Ian McShane enjoyed as Al Swearengen in the HBO series Deadwood may be responsible for the equally long overdue release of Lovejoy, the superb British series seen on A & E back in the early 1990s, on DVD. In Deadwood, McShane took his penchant for playing lovable rogues and darkened his portrayal by several orders of magnitude, while simultaneously investing a three-syllable expletive with an almost Shakespearean eloquence. But the seeds of that brilliant performance can be found here, in a charming, slightly corrupt but never mean character, whose talents as a 'divvy' or diviner of the true identity and worth of obscure antiques, makes him highly sought after by those on both sides of the law who are 'collectors' of the objects of Lovejoy's obsession.

What makes the Lovejoy character so interesting is his authentic love for things old and beautiful. His passionate concern is with their true value and not their mere monetary worth. It is only when he engages in a rare bit of forgery now and then, of which he is also a master, that monetary considerations are paramount. Of course, Lovejoy invariably winds up giving the proceeds to some needy soul, one usually fleeced by the more nefarious characters who populate the darker realms of the antiques world, including the obnoxious Charlie Gimbert (Malcolm Tierney), an unscrupulous antiques dealer who is the anti-Lovejoy. Lovejoy's unrequited love for Lady Jane (Phyllis Logan), his fiercely loyal friendship with his gone-to-seed partner, the usually tipsy Tinker (Dudley Sutton), his tolerance for his resentful apprentice Eric (Chris Jury), provide the skeletal structure around which numerous clever and well-written scripts are constructed.
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For American audiences, this is the first season of Lovejoy. This show premiered on A&E in 1991 with The Black Virgin of Vladmir. This was probably done as a tie in to Dallas. In 1988, Ian McShane joined the cast of Dallas as movie producer Don Lockwood to become Sue Ellen's love interest. The end of the season, both characters left the show to be together in London. Two years later Linda Gray returned the favor by doing a guest on his television series Lovejoy.

The following are the episodes on this set:

Just Deserts - Lovejoy has returned from doing time after being set up. Now he has returned home to find out who really did it.

The Italian Venus - Jane asks for Lovejoy's help to get the inheritance a friend of her's is due from his brother. Lovejoy does this with a fake statue.

Bin Diving - (That means looking in trash bins for salvagable items.) Once again Lady Jane gets Lovejoy in trouble. After Jane has Lovejoy value the goods of an elderly widow, the antiques are stolen and of course, Lovejoy is the police's prime suspect.

Montezuma's Revenge - When Lovejoy is asked to sell a pre-Columbian solid gold, two murders occur. It's upto Lovejoy to solve the mystery.

Who Dares, Sings - Lovejoy and Lady Jane are hired to decorate pub but Lovejoy finds out you can't even trust the police.

One Born Every Minute - Lovejoy is hired to find a local lothario, who paints pictures of homes and uses this to seduce the lady of the house. But once again, everything is not what it seems.

National Wealth - Lovejoy is hired by a former film star, who Tinker has a crush on, to arrange an auction. But her house is robbed, just like a number of other country homes. It's Lovejoy to the rescue.
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This is the second series of Lovejoy episodes. While the first still retained a heavy flavour of Gash's books, in series 2, McShane began to flesh out the dotty character and make it his own. I think these episodes are some of the best of the whole series. These were just so GOOD!

1) Just Desserts

2) Italian Venus

3) Bin Diving

4) Montezuma Revenge

5) Who Dares Sings

6) One Born Every Minute

7) National Wealth

8) Sugar and Spice

9)Raise the Hispanic

10) Lily's Pearls

11) Riding in Rollers

12) The Black Virgin of Vladimir (double episode)

You also get the second part of the interview with McShane talking about his character.

It just does not get any better than this. Again, super BBC transfers and a nifty price.
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I picked this up from Canada, Series two on 3 discs. This was a great British mystery show that aired on A & E in the early 90's then just completely disappeared. I never understood that. The only way to enjoy this show was to buy the 4 episode VHS set for a rather high price. Now, the shows can be enjoyed on dvd with the great English countryside as a backdrop for Lovejoy, Tinker, and Eric to do what they do best. The episodes are:

Just Desserts

The Italian Venus

Bin Diving

Montezuma's Revenge

Who Dares Sings

One Born Every Minute

National Wealth

Sugar and Spice

Raise The Hispanic

Lily's Pearls

Riding in Rollers

The Black Virgin of Vladimir

This also includes part 2 of an exclusive interview with Ian McShane. If you enjoyed this show when it aired over a decade ago, you must pick this up, great stuff. Over 600 minutes!
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