Antiques Roadshow is the original BBC show in which antique appraisers travel to various regions of the United Kingdom (and occasionally abroad) to appraise antiques brought in by local people. It has been running since 1979 and inspired similar programmes in other countries such as the United States and Canada.
In this episodem the Antiques Roadshow looks back at some favourite finds from the past 40 years while a selection of experts reveal what happened next to some memorable items. Ronnie Archer-Morgan revisits his emotional encounter with a set of Sooty and Sweep puppets and explains how it rekindled memories of a long lost friend from his time in a children's home. In an extraordinary development, the Antiques Roadshow recording led to Ronnie being reunited with his friend for the first time in 63 years. We also discover the starring role the Roadshow played in a modern day fairytale, when one keen viewer decided that the Art Deco ring he'd seen on TV would make the perfect engagement ring. Fiona Bruce meets the young couple in question and hears how the Antiques Roadshow inspired a romantic proposal.
Michael Aspel presents his first Antiques Roadshow from the magnificent surroundings of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Accompanied by the familiar team of experts, they uncover a treasure trove of unusual objects including an original hand-written poem by W B Yeats, examples of Meissen from the earliest days of European porcelain manufacture, and a rare silver tobacco box rescued from a London dustbin. Plus there is a valuable painting by the leading candlelight painter of the 19th century. And John Bly tells Michael about the art of discovering the history of a piece of furniture.
A visit to Barnstaple in North Devon turns up an important enamel miniature by Henry Bone, a valuable collection of walking sticks, a World War I pilot's watch once worn by TE Lawrence, a valuable painting from the Newlyn School, and a native Canadian 'octopus bag' from the 19th century. Host Michael Aspel finds his own modern collectable - an autographed fan picture of himself taken over 40 years ago.
Michael Aspel and a team of experts examine curios and artefacts offered up by the public. This episode was filmed in the Valley Leisure Centre in Biddulph, Staffordshire, and features a rare 18th-century Wedgwood egg scrambler, a genuine Constable sketch, a fine English repeater watch, a remarkable collection of ship's documents giving details of the auctioning of slaves and a handkerchief that Queen Victoria gave to the lady who strung her pearls.
Michael Aspel and a team of experts examine curios and artefacts offered up by the public. This time, the venue is Glamis Castle in Angus, Scotland, childhood home of the Queen Mother, where Macbeth is said to have killed Duncan. Michael Aspel and the experts find a posy ring with a macabre story, a dining table whose original purpose was for resting a coffin on, diamond jewellery which survived not only fire but a torpedo, a pair of 18th-century miniatures with musical connections and the fascinating scrapbook of a WW1 pilot.
A special edition in which Michael Aspel introduces sequences from previous roadshows and recounts stories of the Queen Mother's early life at Glamis Castle. Featuring ivory figures collected by a man nicknamed 'Steptoe' by his family, a pair of valuable Chinese imperial bowls once used as plant pots, a necklace of very ancient stones, and a collection of handbag mirrors.
Items of interest in this edition include a picture embroidered with sock-darning wool in memory of gallant Captain Oates by a private in his regiment, a copy of Beatrix Potter's book The Fairy Caravan dedicated to Fred Satterthwaite, who was portrayed in it as his dog Metal, two rare cornets from local bands and a splendid collection of Masonic porcelain worth over a quarter of a million. Michael Aspel and the experts visit Selby in North Yorkshire.
A valuable vase covered in paint and bought for £1 at a car boot sale, a Martinware bird which cost two shillings at a fete and a rare hair ring bought in at auction, because 'nobody else was interested and I bid £1 and got it' - three great bargains turn up when Michael Aspel and the experts visit Wisbech in Cambridgeshire. There's also an impressive collection of royal invitations, letters, sketches and items from eminent Victorians put together by the librarian at Windsor Castle in the 1860s.
Fiona and the team of experts are at Towneley Hall in Burnley, Lancashire where members of the public bring their antiques and collectibles to have them valued.
Treasures include a sweetheart brooch, a Victorian penknife and secret D-Day documents.
Fiona and the team of experts are at Tredegar House near Newport in Wales where members of the public bring their antiques and collectibles to have them valued.