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An auction house might not seem the likeliest setting for a seductive thriller, but they aren't all like Klinsky's. Ben Glazier and Maggie Perowne head up the paintings department, and share a passion for mystery--and, perhaps, for each other.  In seven episodes, the pair track down the shady origins of items up for bid--some of them suspect, others with dark histories.
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        I wouldn't call it a "seductive thriller." Rather more light-hearted and comedic.

        Ben Glazier (played by Richard Wilson) is responsible for determining the "attribution" of artworks presented to Klinsky's for auction. His years of experience have prepared him to be skeptical, cynical, suspicious and oh-so-cautious before declaring "attribution" -- that is, stating confidently that an artwork can be attributed to a specific artist. Maggie Perowne (played by Jan Francis) is Ben's boss and greatest supporter. They sleuth out the story behind the art and find eccentrics and criminals around every corner. They are interested in "credibility," not "crime" -- that there may be dead bodies laying about is purely incidental to them. The least appealing part of UNDER THE HAMMER is the attempt to bring romance to the story -- far too feeble and adolescent which didn't suit the maturity of the characters. Created by John Mortimer who also brought us RUMPOLE OF THE BAILEY. If you loved LOVEJOY, you'll like this. Wait for it to go on sale, though! I give it 3 and a half stars.

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