I loved it the first time round and with this box set now in hand it seems to have got better with age. Basically Lovejoy is an antique dealer and a bit of a lovable rogue who always seems to get himself into a bit of bother, ably assisted by his two side-kicks, Eric & Tinker and an unusual friendship with Lady Jane Felsham that threatens to turn into more than just friendship, but never does. Always broke and looking to make a killing on the next antique (genuine or otherwise), Lovejoy usually discovers some sinister plot relating antiques, often leading to a brush with the law. Some of the stories are a bit cheesy but that is half of the fun, with so many villans all turning up in Lovejoy's back yard. The humour between the characters is wonderful and adds to the entertainment. Eric, Lovejoy's trainee for example, is a vegetarian son of a butcher!!!
Set in & around the villages of the Essex Suffolk border the picture-post card backdrop does give it a certain feel good factor, although Lovejoy does venture further afield occasionally, usually when the plot thickens or the stakes are higher.
I would describe it as "the antiques roadshow" meets "Miss Marple" with a bit of "Men Behaving Badly" thown in for good measure. They dont make "em" like this any more.