If like me you like to take a stroll down memory lane and relive the extremely well made 'Lovejoy' series, then this boxed set of DVD's is for you. When the series first aired in 1986 I initially took notice because I had the same Volvo estate as Lovejoy and in that same horrible beige colour! After the second series I even thought about taking up restoring antiques...sad, I know ;0).
The actual recordings are not the best quality and the sound breaks up here and there but it’s a small price to pay for what is without doubt, one of the best made TV comedy/drama series to come out of the BBC for many years. You will not be disappointed with this complete Lovejoy boxed set. Go for it!
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Lovejoy - All Six Series (DVD) Box Set
Interesting as a time-capsule of the 80s-90s. With solid main characters and an army of guest quality british actors spread through each series. A different story each episode, never relying on repeating the same old story keeps this series fresh and entertaining.
One of the first BBC independently produced comedy dramas. Series 1 was made in 1985 and shown in 1986, with a five year gap until series 2. The series covers the years 1985 to 1995.
Worth viewing on so many levels, even if it's just for a glimpse of the changing period when mobile phones were (almost) unheard of, cigarettes were on sale at supermarket checkouts and cafes had ash trays. And you can't help but notice that in the first episode, 1985, most cars were rubbish, telephones had curly wires on them, and dials that you stuck your finger in and turned, and coppers didn't dress up like robocop.
Based in East Anglia, the series featured several episodes on location, around the UK, and further afield, and has the feel of a bigger budget than it actually had. This is a credit to the quality of the cast and writers.
Its nostalgic without feeling dated. This was the series that rejuvinated the Antiques Roadshow, and unfortunately maybe the career of David Dickinson, and made antiques and collectibles "cool". It probably accounted for increased sightings in market towns of men with Lovejoy haircuts, Lovejoy leather jackets and kept the price of used Volvo Estates and Range Rovers higher than thay should have been for a decade.
The involvement of Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement, an independent production team with Ian McShane, and Dudley sutton as Lovejoy and Tinker both fairly true to the characters of the Johnathan Gash books on which the title character was based, the rogue-ish Lovejoy and drink-soaked Tinker. Solid performances by Phylis Logan Chris Jury and Malcolm Tierney and you can't go wrong. Lovejoy's nemesis, Charlie Gimbert, played by Tierny is a gem.
Harmless family viewing where the good guys always win (just), and the bad guys usually get their just desserts. A good quality comedy-drama at the top of its game. Watched at it's peak by 16 million viewers in the UK, and just as watchable today. By series two the production values look far bigger budget, and the episodes more polished. By series 3 the programme is into it's stride, with frequent appearances by some household names in British acting.
The DVD box set:
The picture quality in series one reflects the lower standard broadcast quality when the series was made, and there are occasional hiccups with the sound. Series 2 and onwards the DVDS do seem a generation ahead in both picture and sound quality. More what we are used to today.
Extras include McShane talking about the series.
Overall view: A great series, which stands the test of time, well worth watching again. Family viewing.
Lovejoys Antique Antics
A real feel good series. How can I sell antiques/art/collectables myself without a review of Lovejoy?
I remember when it was first shown in the 1980's & it was an instant hit. Quality acting, led by Ian McShane as the loveable rougue Lovejoy, prevailed, hence why it has appealed to so many for so long. It was a superb series & gave me the passion for 'old things', along with the BBC's Antique Roadshow.
If you have not seen the series or haven't watched it for a while then treat yourself to some classic British television magic. Great stuff.
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ITV2 or 3 was showing the whole series again along with Goodnight Sweetheart and these are classic TV at their best, to my humble opinion. Also it is a good programme for children to watch. My 10 year is really into Lovejoy. Well he is the original cheeky chappy and there are wonderful supporting roles by Dudley Sutton and Phyllis Logan and Caroline Langrishe both who are very classy ladies. A good all round mix of comedy and pathos with a big lashing of antiques. something you can watch again and again.
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