LovejoyDirected by Paul Harrison
Writer: Terry Hodgkinson
Series created by Ian La Frenais from the books by Jonathan Gash
Episode: Fruit of the Desert
Ian McShane ... Lovejoy
Dudley Sutton ... Tinker Dill
Caroline Langrishe ... Charlotte Cavendish
Frank Finlay ... Harold Plumb
Terence Rigby ... John Hill
Clare Byam-Shaw ... Rachel
Christopher Benjamin ... Walid
Bernard Spear ... Morrie Samuels
Amelia Curtis ... Viki Lovejoy
Dominic Taylor ... Piers Dow
Roger Frost ... DS Harrison
Sean Gascoine ... DC Cox (as Sean Gascoigne)
John Bluthal ... Popov
Jonathan Magnanti ... David
David Ashford ... Car Showroom Manager
Lovejoy buys a collection of Islamic antiques from retired diplomat Harold Plumb, who warns him that by rights some of the collection should have gone to the Foreign Office.
He obtains his purchasing money from loan shark John Hill, putting up his daughter's flat as collateral, only to find the police on his trail and a visit to the Foreign Office disclosing the fact that Plumb is a con-man who stole the articles in question.
Helped by Charlotte, Lovejoy stages an extremely elaborate charade to get the deeds for the flat back from Hill.