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Lovejoy – The Complete Season Three (BBC Video)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: C-     Episodes: C+



Based on novels of the same name Lovejoy chronicles our main hero Lovejoy (odd, I know) played by Ian McShane.  The antique dealer turned detective is set up as a disheveled, lower class man, who has a definite predisposition to the drink.  Supposedly heavily toned down from the original novels, Lovejoy projects more as ‘another stuffy British series’ than anything else.  The acting is wonderful and well cast, even the story arches are intriguing as well as exciting at times; but the series can not help from feeling oddly outdated and too reserved for its own good.  The dreary and grittiness that the series holds throughout feels fully unintentional and is just a commonality that is observed in many British series of the day.


Since the series ended Ian McShane has had an excellent career that is much better than the series being reviewed here.  McShane has gone onto to do a fair bit of voice work in such films as The Golden Compass, Shrek the Third, and even the recent Kung-Fu Panda.  His film and television career have also been excellent with his work in such films as Sexy Beast and the HBO series Deadwood as Al Swearengen; for which he won a Golden Globe.


So from the above it is easy to understand that the series shortcomings are not in plot or acting ability, it is jus the overall presence and follow through of the series that drags it down.


You can read further opinions on the series at the links listed below:


Season One



Season Two




The technical features have changed little for the series in the past Three Seasons; remaining very drab and uninspiring.  The picture is once again presented in a 1.33 X 1 full screen image that leans heavily on the blue and gray scale, with the flesh tones being slightly off as well.  The image continues to overall remain soft on this filmed series and needs some serious restoration.  The sound is nothing to write home about, but it is notable that the series was upgraded in this Third Season release to a Dolby Digital Stereo track, yet it still remains to be weak, light, and unclear.


The extras are minimal; offering an Ian McShane Looks Back featurette, as well as an Alan Titchmarsh interview with Ian McShane.  Both extras did not impress this reviewer and the fans are probably looking for more than just two simple interviews on a set that has such a built in fan base.


Love and joy are not two words that this reviewer would use to describe his feelings in watching this drab British series; but many hold this series as a standard and who am I to judge?  Ian McShane is great in the series and it is nice to see how his career has evolved.  Now if we could only figure out his first name?



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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