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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Mary-John Lovejoy: [Drinking moonshine] It's smooth, isn't it?
Lovejoy: Hope the enamel is still on my teeth!
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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I may be prejudiced, but . . .
16 September 2016 | by kilocyclesSee all my reviews

. . . I'm from North Carolina, and the writers weren't.

Lovejoy meets some (very) distant cousins, from NC, and becomes involved, sorta, with them. They are not exactly kissing cousins -- far from it; he ends up with a splitting headache, is in jail a couple of times, and witnessing a knock-down, drag-out fight, an alligator attack, and a young divvy. And Charlotte Cavendish comes through!

There were some shots of the Charlotte (NC) skyline, bringing up good memories for me; also some scenes in downtown Wilmington, which was a fairly busy film production center at the time. But the accents were pretty bad -- Cousins Mary-John and Rutherford were terrible, and their aunt, played by the usually wonderful Barbara Barrie, was better, but not good. John Gielgud, showing his age, had very few, but very good, scenes. The supporting roles were all over the place, including a couple of mountain men, hanging out on the NC coast -- and these two native types are VERY different.

This is still a very good series, but this episode was not what it could have been.

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