This series of beautifully filmed docu-dramas included nicely-controlled acting, and is centred around the hitherto undiscovered antiquities of Ancient Egypt and the men who brought them, and their meanings, to the attentions of the world.
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
An adventure series set in pre-World War One England (also known as "Mastermind"). It featured the exploits of Professor Quentin E. Deverill (Sam Waterston - "Law and Order), an American inventor and amateur sleuth. Deverill was constantly battling the criminal plots of his arch-nemesis Dr. Stefan Kilkiss (Julian Glover- "For Your Eyes Only", "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"). Accompanying Professor Deverill in his adventures were his beautiful secretary Jenny Martin (Caroline Langrishe), his cockney chauffeur and manservant Phipps (George Innes) and a scoop-seeking American reporter called Charlie Andrews (A.C.Weary). The series ran for 6 episodes.