Whatever happened to; LOVEJOY 1986-94.
Ian McShane was Lovejoy, a slightly dodgy dealer in antiquities. His patch was East Anglia and, more specifically, rural Essex and Suffolk, which he combed for underpriced treasures to sell on with a nice mark- up.
At his side were Tinker, his tweedy beret-hatted old friend, brilliantly played by Dudley Sutton and young gopher, Eric Catchpole (Chris Jury).
Leather-jacketed Lovejoy, who lived in a picturesque country cottage and drove a battered Morris Minor, affectionately known as Miriam, enjoyed the company of local aristocrat, Lady Jane Felsham, played by Phylis Logan.
Although they flirted, wedding bells never chimed and, when Lady Jane departed, in came university- educated Charlotte Cavendish and she almost succeeded in getting Lovejoy to the altar in the final episode.
One particular feature of Lovejoy was a TV technique called `breaking the fourth wall'.
This called on him, in an aside to the camera, to explain events directly to viewers, more recently seen in Channel Four's Sex and the City with Sarah Jessica Parker.
After leaving Lovejoy, housewives heart-throb McShane worked on a comedy with Lenny Henry called White Goods, and made his name again as Madson in a detective drama.
He was never far away from your screens, and more recently hit the big screen again in Babylon 5: River of Souls.
He also showed his sensitive side by making a 12-minute promotional film for West Midlands Ambulance Service for no fee.
Phylis Logan can most recently be seen in BBC 1 Casualty spin-off series, Holby City, as consultant Muriel McKendrick.
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||May 1, 1999|
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