Lovejoy: Series 1
Played with rakish allure by Golden Globe winner Ian McShane (Deadwood), Lovejoy isn't your typical antiques dealer. He's gifted at sorting the real treasures from the fakes - which comes in handy when facing the dangerous side of his business, where certain collectors would literally kill for the perfect set of antique pistols. It's a wild, unregulated world flooded with aristocrats, con men, and criminals, all of whom Lovejoy goes goes up against with the help of his mopey young assistant, Eric (Chris Jury, The Big Game), and upper-crust confidante, Lady Jane (Phyllis Logan, Downtown Abbey).
Or course, Lovejoy can't resist using his wiles to sell a worthless painting or two to the occasional chump. But he would be wise to practice caution - even for "one of television's most charming and appealing character" (The Washington Post), charisma can only go so far. This wildly popular British mystery series is based on the books by Jonathan Gash and garnered a devoted following on both sides of the pond.