Sunday 16th November

Sunday 16th November 7.30pm

Each edition of Antiques Roadshow is compiled in a single day. The experts and crew take over a suitably sized hall, which the technical team prepares the day before. Responding to photographs sent to the Bristol office as a result of advertisements in local newspapers, an advance party makes arrangements to transport some of the bulkier items, such as furniture, four-posters and suits of armour which are too large for their owners to carry. On the recording day the doors open at 10am and between then and 4pm when the doors close, people pour in, clutching their personal treasures.

From crumpled newspaper wrappings, carrier bags and battered boxes emerge curious, unusual, rare and occasionally highly valuable pieces. If an expert spots something special the owner will be asked to hear the expert’s thoughts in front of the camera for the benefit of the viewers. This sometimes requires great restraint on the part of experts making extraordinary finds. They must not give the game away by showing their excitement to the owner. Capturing spontaneous reactions on camera is an important element of the program’s success.

Some of the items brought have been rediscovered in attics or cupboards. Others are heirlooms handed down through generations. Many of the best finds have been picked up for a few shillings in junk shops or car boot sales. No matter how valuable the item there is always a tale to be told.

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  • If you love the Antiques Roadshow as much as I do and you love fossicking through antique and collectable shops looking for treasures, have a look at my new website, My Antique Shop Guide, http://www.myantiqueshops.co.nz . It lists shops as I visit them and gives details you can’t easily find elsewhere on the web. I got tired of turning up at shops that were closed or out of business after finding them in directories. So, I set this site up to help others who like hitting the road in seach of antiques and collectables.