Lovejoy (1986–1994)
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The Lost Colony 

Lovejoy journeys to North Carolina on the trail of stolen Sir Walter Raleigh and his beautiful but larcenous "cousin," Mary-John Lovejoy.


Geoffrey Sax


Ian La Frenais (series created by), Jonathan Gash (from the books by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McShane ... Lovejoy
Dudley Sutton ... Tinker
Caroline Langrishe ... Charlotte Cavendish
Diane Parish Diane Parish ... Beth
Malcolm Tierney ... Charlie Gimbert
Barbara Barrie ... Miss Lillian
John Gielgud ... Lord Wakering
Ken Kercheval ... Rutherford Lovejoy
Kate Vernon ... Mary-John Lovejoy
Alex Van ... Officer Lemmon
Rick Warner Rick Warner ... Benedict Beale
Hilary Mason ... Mrs. Greenlands
Barbara Young ... Belinda Stroud
Arthur Cox ... Peter Stroud
Maggie Ollerenshaw ... Kate Henshaw


When Lord Wakering, a descendant of Sir Walter Raleigh,sells his house and its contents,Lovejoy turns up,meeting Mary-John Lovejoy,his American cousin. Several valuable antiques from Raleigh's time disappear,along with Mary-John ,and Lovejoy tracks her to the family mansion in North Carolina. Her brother Rutherford has an interest in raising treasure from sunken ships and Lovejoy slowly comes to realise the the brother and sister are operating a scam to give the impression that their family came to the New World in Elizabetrhan times and not later in order to claim an inheritance. When Lovejoy is thrown into jail Charlotte arrives to help him and the two face a watery grave as they work to bring the guilty pair to justice. Written by don @ minifie-1

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27 December 1993 (UK) See more »

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Charlotte Cavendish: Well, Lovejoy, you can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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The Lost Colony
25 July 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Soon after Dallas had ended, actor Ken Kercheval got an offer to star in the Christmas special of Lovejoy and was told that theatrical legend, Sir John Gielgud had already signed up.

I imagine some heated words were later exchanged with his agent when Ken realised that all his scenes were set in North Carolina while Gielgud's scenes were set in England!

Lovejoy encounters Mary-John Lovejoy, an amorous distant cousin from the USA who steals some artifacts from an English lord (John Gielgud.) Lovejoy goes to North Carolina for its return and encounters another cousin, the dastardly Rutherford Lovejoy (Kercheval.) Rutherford is a local bigwig and seems to have the local police in his beck and call.

Both Mary-John and Rutherford are involved in backing a local architectural dig which seems to be a front for some skullduggery that they have been involved in. Lovejoy plans to expose the pair but needs to avoid the local sheriff who keeps busting him.

This was a decent episode but it is also noticeable that there has been a drop in quality from the early Lovejoy shows.

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