Directed 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.