Lovejoy could be making a TV comeback with top writer Tony Jordan polishing up the vintage gem.
The man behind BBC1 shows such as Hustle and Life On Mars is developing a script for the series about the escapades of the charming antiques dealer, according to RadioTimes.com.
The Lovejoy character was memorably played by Ian McShane between 1986 and 1994, with Dudley Sutton as his sidekick Tinker.
The project is in its "very early days", said Jordan's company Red Planet Pictures, and no broadcaster is attached to the project.
He is said to have gone back to the original Lovejoy novels by Jonathan Gash, which ran to 24 books.
In a 2013 interview, McShane said he was unlikely to return to the role and suggested: "If you're serious about it, why not make it about Lovejoy's daughter this time?"
The original show - which ran for six series also featured Downton Abbey actress Phyllis Logan who said she would return to the show "in a heartbeat" if it were to come back.