The BEST Episodes of Lovejoy

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 1, 2021

Network: BBC One

Lovejoy is a colourful East Anglian antique dealer who lives a somewhat hand-to-mouth life, despite being called a divvie - a man who knows in his bones the right and wrong of fine things. The Lovejoy Antiques team includes Tinker Dill, Lovejoy's barker, Eric Catchpole, his apprentice (the son of the local butcher), and Jane Felsham, the supportive lady of a local grandee. In the fifth and sixth series Lovejoy develops a special relationship with the elegant Charlotte Cavendish, who heads an auction house. Lovejoy's business rival Charlie Gimbert is both his landlord and a competitor for good buys of all kinds. Beth Taylor joins Lovejoy's team on a youth employment scheme in the middle of the fifth series. The show ran for almost nine years, from 1986 to 1994, and is still being repeated in several countries. It was created for television by Ian La Frenais and is based on the Lovejoy books by Jonathan Gash

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The Prague Sun

#1 - The Prague Sun

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 26, 1992

An old friend of Lovejoy's asks for help when her wartime sweetheart, a Czech pilot who was presumed killed in action, reappears after fifty years. The man has returned to England to collect a cache of gemstones that were buried in the grounds of a church, but he is killed when he tries to retrieve them. Discovering that the diamonds were looted from Prague during the war, Lovejoy and Eric travel there on the trail of the jewels and encounter sinister forces who also want the jewels and are prepared to murder to get them.

star 8.33
6 votes
The Lost Colony

#2 - The Lost Colony

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 27, 1993

When a descendant of Sir Walter Raleigh sells his home and its contents, Lovejoy meets an American woman whose name is also Lovejoy. Several antiques go missing along with the woman and Lovejoy tracks them back to North Carolina. Lovejoy discovers that the woman and her brother are operating a scam to claim an inheritance. The pair get Lovejoy put in jail, but Charlotte arrives to help him and together they set about bringing the Americans to justice.

star 8.25
12 votes
Last Tango in Lavenham

#3 - Last Tango in Lavenham

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 4, 1994

In the last episode of Lovejoy, our hero gears himself up to marry Charlotte, and his old life begins to splinter. Jane Felsham returns with a splash, and without Alexander in tow - will Lovejoy have to choose between her and Charlotte?

star 8.15
71 votes
Directors: Baz Taylor
Writers: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
Friends in High Places

#4 - Friends in High Places

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 12, 1992

As the third series begins, Lovejoy returns to Felsham after a long break in Spain, where he was trying (without marked success) to learn to paint. He quickly seeks out Tinker (who has joined a monastery), Jane, who has a new look, and Eric, now working as a security guard. Victoria Cavero, an old friend of Jane's, comes to stay, and Lovejoy loses no time in falling for her. Victoria wants to sell a South American gold ring, and the ring sets in motion strange events for Lovejoy and Jane, including safecracking, kidnapping, polo and betrayal.

star 8.01
79 votes
Directors: Sarah Hellings
Writers: Jeremy Paul
Fly the Flag

#5 - Fly the Flag

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 7, 1993

A family struggling to pay death duties needs Lovejoy's help to raise the wind. Meanwhile, Beau Whittaker, working in a local parish church, finds a valuable old flag dating from the American War of Independence hidden behind a monument. A fierce battle quickly breaks out over the question of who is now the flag's true owner.

star 8.00
17 votes
Directors: Rob Walker
Writers: Douglas Watkinson
Who is the Fairest of Them All?

#6 - Who is the Fairest of Them All?

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 12, 1993

Jane's old dance teacher wants Lovejoy to sell a mirror. This then leads to a deal which involves the apparently one-eyed Roderick Frew. Jane informs Lovejoy that Alexander is broke, Felsham is in the hands of the receivers, and she is leaving.

star 7.96
74 votes
Directors: Baz Taylor
Writers: Jeremy Paul
The Black Virgin of Vladimir

#7 - The Black Virgin of Vladimir

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 24, 1991

Dealer Harry Catapodis has sold some fakes to Cassandra Lynch, a beautiful American widow Lovejoy knows. Caught out, Harry offers to buy the things back from Cassandra, but he admits he will then sell them on to someone else. With a Japanese business man and others, Lovejoy aims to get back at Harry - and to make some money and seduce Cassandra at the same time.

star 7.81
105 votes
Members Only

#8 - Members Only

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 22, 1992

Mr Kashimoto is trying without success to join an exclusive local golf club. The club asks Lovejoy to value its finest silver trophy, but he recognizes it as a fake. Eric then accidentally shoots a hole in Lovejoy's ceiling, and in the loft above a very similar trophy is discovered... Lovejoy sets out to solve the mystery.

star 7.76
103 votes
Directors: John Crome
Writers: Geoff McQueen
Three Men and a Brittle Lady

#9 - Three Men and a Brittle Lady

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 3, 1993

Charlotte's former lover arrives from New York and invites her to live with him in Paris, but she turns him down.A forger cons Charlie Gimbert into buying some fake porcelain, but Lovejoy catches up with him. In doing so, he discovers a good artist.

star 7.75
104 votes
Writers: Douglas Watkinson
Smoke Your Nose

#10 - Smoke Your Nose

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 8, 1992

The Reverend Harry Nettles claims there is a mosaic floor belonging to a Roman villa in the field next to his church, which is about to be built on. Nobody believes him, and the county archaeologist has agreed to the plans, so Lovejoy races to thwart the developer. He also has a dance with Jane, newly separated from Alexander...

star 7.74
105 votes
Directors: Baz Taylor
Writers: Terry Hodgkinson

#11 - Kids

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 15, 1992

Lovejoy's daughter Vicky disappears, then announces she is living with an older man whose wife has died. Susan, Vicky's mother, does not approve. When Lovejoy investigates, he finds that Vicky's boyfriend is not a widower at all. Meanwhile, Lovejoy is also busy uncovering a fake art scam being run by the son of a cabinet minister...

star 7.70
104 votes
Writers: Francis Megahy
The Napoleonic Commode

#12 - The Napoleonic Commode

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 10, 1993

Lovejoy is evicted from his rented cottage, as Freddy the Phone, his landlord (also known as Frederick Arthur Haig Montgomery Wavell Reeve) owes back taxes on it. So Lovejoy takes to the road and acquires a commode said to have belonged to the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte... and the next thing is to hunt down a continental expert to authenticate it. Did 'Boney' really sit here?

star 7.68
76 votes
Directors: Baz Taylor
Writers: Terry Hodgkinson
Breaking the Broker

#13 - Breaking the Broker

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 13, 1994

The police set up Tinker, so that they can get a favour from Lovejoy. They want him to check out an up-market pawnbroker who is suspected of receiving antiques stolen overseas.

star 7.62
74 votes
Directors: Alex Kirby
Writers: Douglas Watkinson
Double Edged Sword

#14 - Double Edged Sword

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 23, 1994

A tough-talking business man hires Lovejoy to recover a sixteenth-century samurai sword which has been stolen from him. Another dealer, Lovejoy's mentor Jim Leonard, buys the sword at an auction, but it is promptly stolen from him by Joanna, the daughter of the original owner. Lovejoy stays on the trail.

star 7.62
71 votes
Directors: Alex Kirby
Writers: Roger Marshall
The Price of Fish

#15 - The Price of Fish

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 28, 1993

Lovejoy is invited to spend the weekend with Charlotte at her best friend's house. The friend is short of money and has a clock she wants valued, but Lovejoy finds a stuffed fish which is worth selling, and misunderstandings arise... Meanwhile, Tinker is keen to thwart Charlie Gimbert's plans to turn Felsham Hall into a health farm, and after studying a twelfth-century charter he starts grazing a flock of sheep around the Hall. Charlie responds by threatening to evict Lovejoy Antiques from the stable yard, so Tinker and Beth take a trip to a health farm.

star 7.61
75 votes
Directors: Jim Hill
Writers: Andy De La Tour
Somewhere Over the Rainbow

#16 - Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 16, 1994

Tinker disappears, and Lovejoy sets off to find him. He arrives in Devon, where he discovers that Tinker's real name is Archie and that he has a sister whose hotel business is threatened by a rogue property developer. Charlotte and Beth join them and they look for ways to raise money to save the hotel. Meanwhile, Tinker has lost the key of Charlotte's safe-deposit box.

star 7.61
72 votes
Directors: Ian White
Writers: Jeremy Paul
Eric of Arabia

#17 - Eric of Arabia

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 16, 1992

Lovejoy is asked to value an ancient Chinese terra-cotta figure of a pig. Then he falls off a bicycle and breaks his leg, landing him in hospital. The pig's owners, curiously, are doing their best to have it under-valued. Meanwhile, Eric needs to sell his ancient motorbike and comes up with the story that it once belonged to Lawrence of Arabia. And pigs might fly...

star 7.61
132 votes
Directors: Ian McShane
Writers: Dave Robinson, Steve Coombes
Day of Reckoning

#18 - Day of Reckoning

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 9, 1994

A former friend, Max Hunter, who believes Lovejoy had an affair with his wife, kidnaps Charlotte and plans to kill her. But he gives Lovejoy a sporting chance to find him by leaving a series of clues.

star 7.60
70 votes
Directors: Paul Harrison
Writers: John Goldsmith
Riding in Rollers

#19 - Riding in Rollers

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 17, 1991

Dealer Harry Catapodis has sold some fakes to Cassandra Lynch, a beautiful American widow Lovejoy knows. Caught out, Harry offers to buy the things back from Cassandra, but he admits he will then sell them on to someone else. With a Japanese business man and others, Lovejoy aims to get back at Harry - and to make some money and seduce Cassandra at the same time.

star 7.58
76 votes
Directors: Francis Megahy
Writers: Terry Hodgkinson
Stones of Destiny

#20 - Stones of Destiny

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 17, 1993

A rare Celtic cross is stolen from Charlotte's aution house, after Lovejoy asked the porter to let a friend look at it. Charlotte and Lovejoy set out on the thief's trail and find themselves on a treasure hunt in the west of Wales. But they are not the only ones after the cross.Charlotte turns down Lovejoy's invitation to share a bedroom at a village inn.

star 7.58
71 votes
Directors: Jim Hill
Writers: Alan Clews
Holding the Baby

#21 - Holding the Baby

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 27, 1994

Lovejoy buys a nineteenth-century dresser for a song, after getting advice from a Caribbean specialist. Meanwhile, Charlotte has mixed feelings about being left holding someone else's baby.

star 7.58
71 votes
Directors: Baz Taylor
Writers: Paul Alexander
The Peking Gun

#22 - The Peking Gun

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 31, 1993

Charlie Gimbert asks Lovejoy to value a colonial widow's Chinese treasures. Lovejoy is interested in an unusual Peking cannon and gets Charlotte's opinion on it. The cannon has great significance for a Chinese tong, and Lovejoy and Charlotte are in danger as the Chinese community prepares to do battle over it.

star 7.57
74 votes
Directors: Ken Horn
Writers: Mike Ripley
The Last of the Uzkoks

#23 - The Last of the Uzkoks

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 6, 1994

Lovejoy is called in by Lord Dunwich to value a silver communion set, and Lady Dunwich wants him to find her some antique prints of the lost town of Dunwich-by-the-Sea (which is now under the sea). Charlie has done a moonlight flit, leaving his old dad in charge of Felsham Hall, and there are some unlikely characters around - a mad Greek priest, a Dutch civil servant, and a strange woman...

star 7.57
69 votes
Directors: Ian McShane
Writers: Dave Robinson, Steve Coombes
The March of Time

#24 - The March of Time

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 28, 1986

Lovejoy finds a bundle of old love letters hidden in the back of an antique clock. He quickly falls for the owner, but are the letters genuine? Under the name of 'Captain Lovejoy', he sets out to find the answer.

star 7.56
78 votes
Directors: Ken Hannam
Writers: Murray Smith
Judgment of Solomon

#25 - Judgment of Solomon

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 14, 1993

A retired senior Air Force officer wants Lovejoy to sell his large and remarkable collection of Jewish antiques, but Lovejoy's contacts the Solomons are suspicious about the provenance of the items. Meanwhile, Eric is arrested for theft while driving Jane's Range Rover.

star 7.56
71 votes
Directors: Rob Walker
Writers: Tom Kempinski