Lovejoy

The WORST episodes of Lovejoy

Every episode of Lovejoy ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Lovejoy!

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

Last Updated: 7/18/2022Network: BBC One
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The Axeman Cometh
star
6.49
136 votes

#1 - The Axeman Cometh

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/17/1986

Lovejoy buys a Welsh dresser at Charlie Gimbert's auction, and hidden inside it he finds a rich Arab head-dress, festooned with gold ducats. Catesby, recently out of prison and the son of the dead man whose property was being sold at Gimbert's, says he was promised the dresser. Lovejoy sells it back to him, but without the head-dress. Catesby is soon looking for Lovejoy armed with an axe. He is in good company, as one of Her Majesty's Inland Revenue officers is also after Lovejoy.

Directors: Roger Tucker
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They Call Me Midas
star
7.00
102 votes

#2 - They Call Me Midas

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/7/1993

Jim Leonard (Lovejoy's antiques mentor) resurfaces, wanting Lovejoy's help with a harmless little scam to catch out a famous dealer. The plot centres on a fake painting by Klimt... Eric plays the role of a rich gentleman farmer, Tinker falls heavily for Jim's wife, and Jane is also drawn into the scheme, but Lovejoy finds out just too late that he too is a victim.

Directors: John Crome
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One Born Every Minute
star
7.09
111 votes

#3 - One Born Every Minute

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/10/1991

Ashley Wilkes travels around East Anglia painting charming pictures of country cottages and seducing their female inhabitants. An army officer hires Lovejoy to find Wilkes, on the pretext of having a commission for him, but Lovejoy smells a rat. When he finally catches up with the elusive painter, it appears that Wilkes has a terrible secret.

Directors: Don Leaver
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Sugar and Spice
star
7.09
109 votes

#4 - Sugar and Spice

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/24/1991

Lovejoy is in hot water for not paying the school fees of his teenage daughter, Vicky. Meanwhile (and much to Eric's disgust) another schoolgirl asks the firm to sell some erotic drawings for her. When Lovejoy sees the same girl being threatened by a man at the school, he decides there's more to the story than meets the eye. He also manages to vex Susan, his former wife, as they try to cope with their daughter's problems.

Directors: Baz Taylor
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National Wealth
star
7.12
78 votes

#5 - National Wealth

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/17/1991

Tinker is thrilled when Madeline Gilbert, a retired film star, sends for the Lovejoy team, as he has an old crush on her. Madeline wants to sell some of her antiques and gives Lovejoy the job of arranging an auction, but before the big day can arrive there is a robbery at the house - one bearing a striking resemblance to a number of other country house raids in England and France. An international gang seems to be at work.

Directors: William Brayne
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Dainty Dish
star
7.12
103 votes

#6 - Dainty Dish

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 3/28/1993

The Lovejoy Antiques team is in Brighton, scouring the town for a really grand set of old china. Charlie Gimbert (as ever) causes some havoc, and then there's the story of the antique chairs...While on the china trail, Lovejoy chances on a stunning rip-off with hundreds of porcelain plates.

Directors: John Woods
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Scotch on the Rocks
star
7.12
106 votes

#7 - Scotch on the Rocks

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/23/1992

Vicky finds an old claymore (a Scottish sword) in her attic. Lovejoy buys it at auction and is offered much more than it's worth for it. Puzzled, he investigates and finds the claymore is a map to buried treasure. Someone tries to steal it, so Lovejoy is not the only one hot on the trail. But the treasure is elusive - a supermarket has been built on top of it.

Directors: Baz Taylor
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The Colour of Mary
star
7.14
76 votes

#8 - The Colour of Mary

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/31/1993

Charlie Gimbert returns home from overseas, popping up again in a new and unlikely role as manager to Murray McNally, a famous but disgraced snooker player. Murray wants Lovejoy to find him the billiards table which belonged to Mary Queen of Scots, and it seems that money is no object. A visit to Fotheringhay Castle leads on to a descendant of Mary's jailer, and then to an exhibition snooker match starring the real world snooker champion, Dennis Taylor.

Directors: Ian McShane
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No Strings
star
7.17
133 votes

#9 - No Strings

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/26/1992

A band called The Hothouse Flowers is due to appear at a local charity gig, and their manager is an old friend of Tinker's. Before going away with Victoria on a little trip, Lovejoy gets Jane to agree to take in the Flowers. Then, though, the organizer of the planned gig runs off with the money. One of the band decides to sell his valuable antique harp to make good some of the shortfall, but before Lovejoy can arrrange the sale the harp also disappears.Lovejoy works his way up to proposing to Victoria, but she turns him down and goes back to South America.

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Who Dares, Sings
star
7.18
113 votes

#10 - Who Dares, Sings

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/3/1991

Lovejoy and Jane have the job of fitting out a smart new restaurant being opened by Major Linden Walker, an old army friend of Tinker's. With the help of a former prison officer (one he knew on the inside) Lovejoy delivers the goods, only to find he has been gulled. Linden and Tinker's cabaret act Crime and Punishment makes its first and last appearance.

Directors: John Woods
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Bin Diving
star
7.19
86 votes

#11 - Bin Diving

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/20/1991

Lovejoy values the house contents of an elderly widow, an old friend of Jane's, who is burgled soon afterwards. Finding he is the local police's prime suspect, Lovejoy decides to work out for himself (with the help of Brian Nunn, a remarkable bin man) who was behind the burglary. Matters are complicated by Eric's 'bin diving' habit.

Directors: Baz Taylor
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Never Judge a Book By Its Cover
star
7.20
75 votes

#12 - Never Judge a Book By Its Cover

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired 11/21/1993

Lovejoy takes Charlotte to an Antiques Fair at Cambridge, where the elderly Doncaster sisters, who have financial problems, invite him to value their belongings. Lovejoy finds what seems to be a very rare bible, but the sisters' brother, a Cambridge don, opposes its sale. Lovejoy then discovers the bible is a fake and suspects mischief. Meanwhile, Beth's father wants her to leave Lovejoy Antiques for something better.

Directors: Jim Hill
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Guns and Roses
star
7.21
76 votes

#13 - Guns and Roses

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/30/1994

Lovejoy takes an antique gun to a London gunsmith to be repaired, but the armorer is having landlord problems. Meanwhile, an acquaintance of Lovejoy's, Texas Greenberg, is on his way over to buy something special.

Directors: Ian White
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The Sting
star
7.21
121 votes

#14 - The Sting

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/20/1986

Lovejoy sets out to help a young woman to trace a pair of Meissen figures which she sold to raise cash for a drug habit. When he comes across evidence of a double-cross by Charlie Gimbert, he decides to get even.

Directors: Baz Taylor
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Lily's Pearls
star
7.23
84 votes

#15 - Lily's Pearls

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/10/1991

Jane's husband, Alexander, has a new business partner called Joe Gruder, but Lovejoy is suspicious of him. Jane gets a call from Lily Gruder, Joe's wife, who has a problem with some pearls and a pawnbroker, and Lovejoy decides to look into Joe's affairs. Mr Gruder does not come up smelling of roses.

Directors: Bill Hays
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Fair Exchange
star
7.23
73 votes

#16 - Fair Exchange

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/2/1994

Charlotte buys a painting from a hard-up couple, the Tabors, but finds she has been conned. Lovejoy decides to set matters straight.

Directors: Richard Laxton
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Second Fiddle
star
7.24
76 votes

#17 - Second Fiddle

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/24/1993

Lindsey Parry-Davies, a leading violinist, wants Lovejoy to arrange for his Stradivarius to be touched up so that it will pass as a fake. The Lovejoy Antiques team is puzzled, but they call in the expert advice of Tommy Norris - king of the violin fakers.

Directors: John Crome
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The Italian Venus
star
7.24
117 votes

#18 - The Italian Venus

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/13/1991

A mean landowner is reluctant to share an inheritance with his hard-up brother, who is a friend of Jane's. Then Lovejoy intervenes, as a favour to Jane, with a cunning plan which depends on a fake statue.

Directors: John Woods
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Highland Fling (1)
star
7.27
78 votes

#19 - Highland Fling (1)

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 3/29/1992

Some old sketches put Lovejoy and Jane on a trail which takes them up to Scotland, where they uncover a plot by another antiques dealer to con one of Jane's friends. At home, Eric is involved with a young woman with some unsavory relations, but she also has an antique mirror to sell. Lovejoy and Jane are moving closer to romance... but who is the girl Lovejoy keeps seeing in the woods?

Directors: Francis Megahy
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Swings and Roundabouts
star
7.28
76 votes

#20 - Swings and Roundabouts

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/14/1993

Boswell, a friend of Lovejoy's who runs a travelling fair, asks Lovejoy to sell some silver candlesticks for him. However, the police arrive, saying they are stolen property, and Boswell is arrested. Meanwhile, an American friend of Charlotte's wants to buy the fairground Carousel.

Directors: Ken Horn
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Goose Bumps
star
7.28
50 votes

#21 - Goose Bumps

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/7/1993

After a dealer apparently disappears over the side of a cross-channel ferry, Lovejoy acquires two china geese. Charlie Gimbert, in pursuit of local ambitions, decides to impress the community and asks Charlotte to act as hostess at a Dog Show and Wildlife Auction at Felsham Hall. Lovejoy organises the auction, including his geese - and Charlotte invites him home for a dinner for two.

Directors: Gordon Flemyng
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Benin Bronze
star
7.28
78 votes

#22 - Benin Bronze

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/9/1992

Greg Veitch is on a visit from Australia, looking for antiques, but especially what he calls 'my Eureka' - the thing he must have. At Sir Max Spence's house, Greg sees a magnificent bronze from Benin, in Africa, and wants it, but he can't get an export license. Then the bronze goes missing, and Lovejoy comes under suspicion - so he feels he must get to the bottom of what's going on.

Directors: John Crome
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Raise the Hispanic
star
7.29
83 votes

#23 - Raise the Hispanic

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/3/1991

Amanda Peagram, a local landowner's daughter, is engaged to Roger Hall, and Lovejoy (on the instructions of Amanda's father) is furnishing a house with antiques for the couple. Unhappily, Amanda is not impressed, while Roger continues to play the field. At the wedding, Lovejoy overhears a row between Roger and Amanda's father and later finds Roger's body hidden in a suit of armour... but the body vanishes and nobody believes him. After the wedding, Roger is treated as a missing person. Lovejoy insists Roger is dead, but he can't produce the body - so he decides to investigate the murder and solve the mystery.

Directors: Bill Hays
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Death and Venice (1)
star
7.30
106 votes

#24 - Death and Venice (1)

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/7/1986

Lovejoy travels to Venice to investigate the murder of a friend. The dead friend had bought a painting Lovejoy believed was a fake. In Venice, he is drawn into an ambitious art swindle, and identical twins Caterina and Lavinia are behind the scam.

Directors: Baz Taylor
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The Firefly Cage
star
7.31
152 votes

#25 - The Firefly Cage

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/10/1986

Having hired Eric Catchpole as an apprentice, Lovejoy sets out to unravel the meaning of a Japanese firefly cage.As Lovejoy and Eric are in hot pursuit (on Eric's motorbike) of a lovely lady with something they want, they hit a pool of water in the road and give a drenching to Jane (Lady Felsham), who is busy unveiling a plaque. When, later, Lovejoy rings the doorbell at Felsham Hall, complex chemistry begins, and Jane is soon showing Lovejoy around her attic...

Directors: David Reynolds
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