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.
Fiona Bruce presents from Floors Castle in south east Scotland, home of the Duke of Roxburghe. On a day of sunshine and showers, the nation's favourite group of experts turns up some real treasures, from a highly collectable watch to a rare book signed by JRR Tolkien. Fiona tells the story of this beautiful 18th-century building, which overlooks the River Tweed and the Cheviot Hills. She finds out that the many treasures to be found within are there thanks to the spending power of an American heiress who brought her collection of fine art, porcelain and furniture to the castle when she married into the family. Treasures are in plentiful supply outside the castle too - some Murano glass catches the eye of Judith Miller, what seems a motley collection of jewellery turns out to be worth a small fortune, and the valuation of a Chinese lantern used for family celebrations means it will be treated with kid gloves from now on.
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.
This week, Antiques Roadshow is at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire, a grand house built in the style of a French chateau. Treasures turning up include a dazzling diamond and ruby pendant, an exotic and rare snuff container and a chair that once belonged to the Artful Dodger! Fiona Bruce finds out how Wrest Park was one of the first stately homes in Britain to be transformed into a First World War hospital and convalescence home. Two owners of Daum glassware are itching for expert Andy McDonnell to tell them which is worth the most, while picture specialist Rupert Maas congratulates one visitor on her keen eye after she explains how she bagged a bargain at a car boot sale.
The roadshow comes from Buckfast Abbey, a Benedictine monastery on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon, celebrating 1,000 years since worship began on this site. The monastery is a modern building, as the original was closed during the reign of Henry VIII. The current abbey church was rebuilt by the monks in the 19th and 20th centuries, and provides an imposing backdrop to a bumper roadshow crowd. Whilst the experts examine a range of family heirlooms, from a diamond tiara to First World War medals, Fiona Bruce tells the story of the abbey’s long tradition of beekeeping and samples their honey. Furniture specialist Christopher Payne is amazed by a unique collection of miniature furniture worth thousands of pounds, while Bunny Campione shocks the owner of a rare teddy bear with a sky-high value, and one visitor is thrilled to have held on to a Chinese vase which was destined for the charity shop.
The Antiques Roadshow comes from the Piece Hall in Halifax, recently restored to its full Georgian glory. Treasures turning up include a royal portrait by Beryl Cook and artwork by the ‘Pennine Painter’ Peter Brook. Jewellery expert Susan Rumfitt admires an art deco bracelet, so loved by its owner that she themed her wedding around it, while John Benjamin marvels at a diamond necklace given in return for making banana sandwiches. Stephen Moore takes care when handling a Wedgewood bowl that its owner claims is cursed, while military specialist Mark Smith discovers the story behind a 'lost' suitcase filled with letters from a captured WWII pilot. And Fiona Bruce gets her hands on a spectacular plumed hat once owned by the Duke of Wellington.
Wrest Park in Bedfordshire is the setting for today’s roadshow, where treasures include a piece of Murano glass inspired by Picasso and a collection of 1950s advertising posters for Vauxhall cars. As usual, the day produces and eclectic mix of objects. Expert Ronnie Archer-Morgan challenges the audience to guess the origins of three pieces of ornate tribal jewellery, while the vicar turns up with a handsome silver flagon presented to the local church in 1684. And militaria specialist Mark Smith can’t believe his eyes when one visitor brings along a set of original blueprints for the bouncing bomb depicted in the film The Dam Busters.
The Roadshow is at Media City UK, on the site of the former Manchester docks. Fiona Bruce investigates the history of the Manchester Ship Canal, which links the inland city to the River Mersey and the Irish Sea. Today'ss treasures include an opera singer’s perfume bottle, a travelling magician’s box of tricks and an early animation machine. Ronnie Archer Morgan examines possibly the heaviest item ever to be craned into the Antiques Roadshow – a Canadian totem pole 10 metres long and weighing almost two tonnes. Finally, expert John Axford values a statue of Buddha that’s been cleaned with wire wool and lemon juice. Has the owner ruined it or will it still be valuable?
The Roadshow is on Cromer pier in Norfolk. Treasures brought along by the public include a letter from John Lennon, a contraption marked 'Certain Death' and some valuable Swedish glass bought at a church sale for 50p. Whilst the crowds bask in the sunshine, the experts are thrilled to discover items with links to historical figures, including the Duke of Wellington’s night cap, a 1643 note related to Oliver Cromwell and letters handwritten by Queen Victoria. And expert Geoffrey Munn sets Fiona the difficult task of guessing the values of three rare pieces of antique jewellery.
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.
A teapot that holds 144 cups of tea, a gruesome 18th-century mourning ring, a rare Hungarian vase, a painting of Britannia too large to fit in the house and the 'nicest netsuke seen on the roadshow'; these are some of the discoveries when Michael Aspel takes the experts to Newport in Gwent. Plus, Michael is shown a home-made device used for clearing incendiaries in WWII.
The items featured in this edition include a diamond brooch which almost went to a car boot sale for £1, a marine chronometer left to the owner by a drinking pal, a bronze Spirit of Ecstasy which, if genuine, could be worth £10,000, and a satsuma pot which David Battie says, 'is as good a piece as I've ever seen on the Roadshow.' Michael Aspel and the experts gather for an al fresco day in the gardens of Knebworth House in Hertfordshire.
A pair of revealing female figures originally displayed in a French brothel, an unusual table clock with a floating turtle which tells the time, a chemist's mortar dating from 1573 and a Victorian toilet given as a present. From Knebworth House in Hertfordshire, Michael Aspel introduces unseen finds from previous Roadshows in the series and talks to expert Clive Farahar about Knebworth's colourful former incumbent Edward Bulwer Lytton, Victorian playwright and philanderer, whose turbulent marriage caused a major scandal.
Michael Aspel and the experts visit Birmingham and find a Victorian painting which was damaged in the blitz, a telescope given for saving the lives of nine castaways, an early 19th-century wooden ark filled with 89 animals, and a small pottery Turk's head which turns out to be the most valuable piece of English pottery ever found at a Roadshow.
Another chance to see the valuable collection of jewellery found in a rubbish tip, a Stanley Spencer sketch of the owner's father who was the baker in Cookham, a brooch presented by the Prince of Wales to his tiger-hunting host and a silver beaker which was filled with gold coins as a bonus to a whaling captain. All are among the items brought to the experts at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire. And Michael Aspel is surprised to discover that a champion's boxing belt was awarded to the owner's mother!
A second chance to see Michael Aspel and the experts when they return to the gardens of Cliveden in Buckinghamshire and discover a ladies bureau brought in by a relative of Joshua Reynolds, an 'eccentrically large' barometer, an unusual 'McMickey' Mouse and a silver cruet set made by one of the great silversmiths, worth £30,000.
Another chance to see Michael Aspel and the experts when they travel north to Lochgilphead in Argyll and Bute. Among the finds are a valuable painting on an asbestos tile done in an internment camp, a pair of Staffordshire zebras which might provide the owner with a holiday, a painting of a young girl by Scottish artist Hamilton McKenzie, who met a tragic end, and a carved bone ship made by Napoleonic prisoners of war out of mutton bones and worth up to £10,000.
Michael Aspel takes the experts to Salford near Manchester and discovers an album full of valuable photographs taken by a celebrated Victorian photographer; Zulu wedding beads from the 1900s accompanied by some rare photos of them being worn; an American scrimshaw whale's tooth bought for just £5; and a drawing by the local artist LS Lowry.
Michael Aspel and a team of experts examine curios and artefacts offered up by the public. Among the turrets and terraces of Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire, they find some bizarre objects, including a wooden bicycle, a huge pocket knife with 96 implements, an embroidered egg, a World War I pack with a bullet lodged in it and the first All Blacks rugby shirt.
Michael Aspel and a team of experts examine curios and artefacts offered up by the public. In this edition, the team return to Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire with expert Paul Atterbury, who surveys its Victorian interior and collections. And in a sequence of unseen clips from recent roadshows, exciting finds include a 17th-century wine bottle, suffragette memorabilia, a bust of General Gordon given to the owner's great-grandfather by Gordon's sister, and a much-loved Victorian dressing case.
Michael Aspel and a team of experts examine curios and artefacts offered up by the public in Eston, Cleveland. Exciting finds include a sculpted elephant by Eduardo Paolozzi used to promote floor covering; a Victorian painting bought for five shillings while sheltering from the rain; the first commercially produced toy robot made in the 1930s; a collection of craft jewellery found in an old envelope at the end of a jumble sale; and a fibre-glass chair which Paul Atterbury says is 'an antique for the future'.
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.