They cut Sampson's hair and he lost his power. The same parallel might be drawn in the final series of Lovejoy. McShane beautiful locks were clipped short and the show really lost a lot of it's power. While the episodes were funny, they lacked their earlier brilliance, like a song heard one time too many. They were still great fun, but Lady Jane and Eric and the long term fellowship between them and Lovejoy is just sadly missing. Lovejoy's relationship with Charlotte grows more serious and he finally pops the question. The wedding doesn't go off, with cameos by Lady Jane and Eric. Think they just made Lovejoy too tame at this point, little resembling the rascal divvy conjured from the twisted mine of Jonathan Gash. Episode include: Fair Exchange Day of Reckoning Somewhere Over the Rainbow Double Edged Sword Guns and Roses Last of the Uzkoks Breaking the Broker Fruit of the Desert Holding the Baby The Tango in Lavenham As will all previous episodes you get an interview with McShane discussing Lovejoy.
Really enjoyed Lovejoy. A watchable family show, both amusing and entertaining. Always liked this series as it is set in East Anglia and some filmed local to me. With the current spate of TV programmes on antiques today it is good to watch, what must have been the original series based on the antiques world.
The last of the Lovejoy series is missing his main sidkicks, Tiinker and Eric are missing as is his foil Charlie Gimbert. Beth, his new assistant fits the bill perfectly. Lady Jane has been replaced by another love interest. Charlotte is attractive and a bit less gullable than Lady Jane but no less interesting. The stories are still very well crafted and the world of antiques in no less facinating. The new characters play well with Ian McShane and add a a new facet to the show. Though it is not the same it is every bit as good to watch and still very much fun to watch. The last episode brings the eniter old cast less Charlie Gimbert together again and is typical Lovejoy. Filmed in the english countryside and auction houses it is a wonderful completion to the collection. As they say always leave them wanting more. It is best that they left on a high note rather than the series becoming old and tired.