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TV programmes about the art and antiques trade have greatly expanded in number since the 1990s. From Bargain Hunt and Flog It! to Fake or Fortune? and the long-running BBC series Antiques Roadshow, love them or loath them, their popularity is enduring.

And don’t forget the nation’s favourite dealer: Lovejoy.


David Harper and David Elstob

County Durham dealer and North Yorkshire auction house team up for online quiz show

08 September 2022

Barnard Castle antiques dealer David Harper and Ripon auction house Elstob & Elstob are calling on dealers, collectors and antique enthusiasts to join them as contestants for a new quiz.

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Fake or Fortune team investigate whether Sitwell sketch is a Modigliani

24 August 2022

In the second episode of the new Fake or Fortune? series, Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould investigate whether an artwork inherited from writer, critic and art collector Sacheverell Sitwell is a real Amedeo Modigliani sketch.

Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce

Art sleuth show Fake or Fortune? returns to screens this month

10 August 2022

BBC TV series 'Fake or Fortune?' is back for its 10th series later this month.

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News in brief – including the auction of an Antiques Roadshow specialist’s extensive collection

27 June 2022

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including the sale of ceramics and collector’s curiosities from David Battie's collection at Tennants.

Fiona Bruce

News in brief – including the search for new producers for the Antiques Roadshow

13 June 2022

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including news of the production of the Antiques Roadshow out for tender by the BBC.

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The Antiques Roadshow returns this summer to a location near you

13 April 2022

The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow has released the locations for the recording of its programmes this summer.

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Plea for help to track down stolen props from The Crown TV series

22 February 2022

The antiques trade is being asked to look out for a group of props stolen from the team behind Netflix’s The Crown that were taken from a lorry.

Robin Fletcher and Steven Fyfe

Antiques specialists team up for their own antiques road trip for charity

22 January 2022

Dealer Steven Fyfe of Spencelayhs Antiques of Cambridgeshire and Robin Fletcher of Bentley’s Fine Art Auctioneers have embarked on a road trip to buy and sell antiques to raise money for their chosen charity.

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Could it be a Cliff-hanger?

06 December 2021

A film of artist potter Clarice Cliff’s (1899-1972) early life is now at cinemas and available via streaming services.

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Clarice Cliff comes to the big (and small) screen

27 November 2021

A film of artist potter Clarice Cliff’s (1899-1972) early life is now at cinemas and available via streaming services.

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Boyd up by award: Antiques Roadshow specialist Geoffrey Munn honoured by jewellery industry

08 November 2021

Jewellery and BBC Antiques Roadshow specialist Geoffrey Munn was honoured at the jewellery industry’s The Leopard Awards last week.

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Antiques dealer film Quinneys to be released next month after seven years in the planning

06 November 2021

A film of the play Quinneys will be available online next month with screenings also planned.

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Orientalist painting authenticated on BBC show 'Fake or Fortune?' heads to auction at Sotheby’s

13 October 2021

A picture bought for around £4000 and eventually authenticated on the BBC programme 'Fake or Fortune?' as by 19th-century French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme is to be offered at Sotheby’s with an estimate of £80,000-120,000.

Will Farmer

Clarice Cliff film role for Antiques Roadshow auctioneer

04 October 2021

Auctioneer Will Farmer will move from the small to the big screen this autumn when he appears in a new feature film on the life of Clarice Cliff.

Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould

Fake or Fortune? returns to screens for its ninth season this month

17 July 2021

BBC TV show Fake or Fortune? is returning later this month after filming progressed in between lockdowns.

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Antiques Roadshow specialist Eric Knowles turns dealer at new Kent emporium

05 July 2021

Decorative arts specialist Eric Knowles has become a dealer and teamed up with others in the trade to launch a new emporium in Kent.

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Q&A: Simon Gillespie

05 July 2021

Described recently in a How To Spend It article in the Financial Times as a “part sleuth, part therapist and part miracle worker… a modern master of illumination”, Simon Gillespie runs a team of seven conservators, restorers and specialists in his studio above New Bond Street in central London.

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Clean energy: The real-life world of art restoration

05 July 2021

TV programmes have brought restoration and conservation into the public spotlight recently, but what is life really like for those working in the field at a time when training and jobs are under pressure?

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Calling jewellery dealers to take part in new ITV show

26 June 2021

Presenter Gok Wan is to host a new TV show and jewellery dealers are asked to take part.

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Top stories this week – including news of upcoming Antiques Roadshow filming locations

14 March 2021

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of the locations for the recording of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow for 2021.

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