Antiques Roadshow

7:30pm Sunday, September 20 on Prime

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Fiona Bruce and the experts set up for a busy day at The Sage, Gateshead. Objects under scrutiny include a phonograph once owned by Harry Lauder, the highest paid performer in the world, the owner of a tatty table cloth claims it was hand illustrated by the artist Francis Bacon, and it takes five men to lift in a piece which is awarded the highest valuation ever seen on the Antiques Roadshow.

7:30pm Sunday, September 13 on Prime

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This week sees a return visit for Fiona Bruce and the team of experts to Leeds Castle in Kent. Amongst the treasures uncovered are a canon ball shot at the Battle of Trafalgar, a collection of cigarette cards worth a small fortune, and there’s a treat in store for fans of the BBC’s longest running children’s programme, Blue Peter.

7:30pm Sunday, September 6 on Prime

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Fiona Bruce and the team head for Leeds Castle, near Maidstone in Kent. Objects exciting the experts include a rare painting illustrating the first air raids over London in the First World War, a casket reputedly owned by Anne Boleyn, and a collection of a thousand tie pins is given a startling valuation. Plus it proves a memorable day for ceramics expert, Henry Sandon.

8:30pm Sunday, August 23 on Prime

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Another day of rare finds for the Roadshow as Fiona Bruce and the experts gather amidst the beautiful interior of Southwell Minster in Nottinghamshire. It’s a thrilling day for the team as the earliest toy train in the programme’s history emerges early on, swiftly followed by a pocket watch made by Britain’s finest watchmaker. But the real show stopper is a romantic painting with a handsome valuation.

7:30pm Sunday, August 16 on Prime

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Fiona Bruce and the team set up for business in the grounds of Lanhydrock, near Bodmin in Cornwall. The experts are kept busy with another series of exciting finds including a gold bangle set with precious stones that was found at the bottom of a water tank, an early Valentine tells the story of an unrequited love affair, plus a valuation on a silver cup brings the house down.

Sunday 2nd August 7.30pm

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Fiona Bruce and the team spend a day at Ascot Racecourse where the Pavilion is packed with hundreds all hoping for a winning valuation of their treasures. Objects brought to light are the first document copying machine which dates back to 1978, a small coin dug up by a young visitor draws a surprise valuation and a model of a champion racehorse brings the house down.

SUNDAY 26th July 7:30PM

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Fiona Bruce and the team head to Chester Cathedral to meet two thousand eager visitors waiting in the Nave. Amongst the treasures coming under scrutiny are some of the smallest and most valuable pieces of furniture ever to be seen on the show and a group of jewels smuggled out of pre-Revolution Russia by being sewn into the hem of a dress.

SUNDAY 19th July 7:30PM

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This week Fiona Bruce and the team visit Althorp in Northamptonshire, once the home of Princess Diana. Amongst the items under scrutiny are a valuable writing desk found in a coal shed, a sword that fought in the English Civil War and an important painting is brought in having been found on a tip. Fiona also speaks with Lord Charles Spencer, Diana’s brother, about the collection of antiques at Althorp.

SUNDAY 12th July 7:30PM

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Wheels roll as the Roadshow team kick start a brand new season touring the UK. This year there’s a warm welcome to new host Fiona Bruce. “I’m delighted to be joining a show which I’ve loved since I was a child”, confesses Fiona.

Her first venue, the atmospheric ruins of Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire, proves a great introduction as the experts unearth a rich haul of treasures. These include a Lambing Chair first used 200 years ago by farmers to offer protection against poor weather, whilst a trinket that’s languished unloved for years is recognised to be a magical piece made by Faberge.

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.