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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.


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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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Antiques Roadshow locations released for summer 2021 but coronavirus guidelines remain

09 March 2021

The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow has released the locations for the recording of its programmes in the summer of 2021.

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New series of Britain’s Lost Masterpieces returns to BBC screens despite Covid-19 delays

26 January 2021

Coronavirus restrictions delayed the filming of a new series of Britain’s Lost Masterpieces but it is to return to TV screens on February 1.

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Dealer and restorer Gary Wallis launches new antiques TV programme

29 July 2020

Fans of antiques TV have a new show to try.

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Antiques Roadshow to become invitation-only to ensure production meets coronavirus guidelines

07 July 2020

For the first time in more than four decades, the BBC series 'Antiques Roadshow' will be filmed on a closed set with a small invited audience only.

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Call for collectors, dealers and antiques centres to feature in Drew Pritchard’s next Salvage Hunters series

02 April 2020

Architectural antiques dealer Drew Pritchard hosts TV show ‘Salvage Hunters’ and is set to film the next series later this year.

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TV’s Charlie Ross posts online workout video for auctioneers with closed salerooms

30 March 2020

In these days of self-isolation, social media is awash with home workout routines, but yesterday a new programme popped up, targeted at auctioneers.

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BBC Antiques Roadshow’s summer events postponed until late July

19 March 2020

The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow valuation days have been postponed in light of the UK’s government’s advice about the holding of public events.

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Gray stars on US prime-time

16 March 2020

Dealer Ashley Gray of Gray MCA in Bath, which specialises in original fashion illustration from post-war 1940s to present, was over the moon when he discovered an exhibition he is involved with appeared on prime-time TV in the US.

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Call for owners of art and antiques to take part in new BBC programme

16 January 2020

BBC One is calling for owners of art and antiques to take part in a new day-time TV show called 'The Bidding Room'.

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Actor Nigel Havers to host BBC TV show on art and antiques dealers

29 November 2019

BBC One is launching a new day-time TV show featuring art and antiques dealers called 'The Bidding Room'.

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Victorian tiaras from Bentley & Skinner to feature in Downton Abbey film

29 August 2019

Three antique tiaras from jewellery dealer Bentley & Skinner will feature in the new 'Downton Abbey' film, released in cinemas on September 13.

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Viewers of BBC show Fake or Fortune? wait a year to discover Giacometti sculpture knocked over by a cat is the real thing at £500,000

22 August 2019

The verification of a Giacometti sculpture once knocked over by a cat was delayed by months leaving viewers of BBC art show ‘Fake or Fortune?’ waiting a year to find out if it was worth £500,000.

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Truth behind mystery Venetian view investigated by Fake or Fortune? revealed by art dealer Charles Beddington

15 August 2019

A painting thought to be by well-known Venetian painters Francesco Guardi (1712-93) or Michele Marieschi (1710-43) has emerged as an English copy, worth a fraction of its supposed value.

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Fake or Fortune? investigation reveals possible Giorgio de Chirico painting is “worthless”

08 August 2019

A painting thought to be by Surrealist painter Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978) has been rejected by experts after an investigation by art dealer Philip Mould, Fiona Bruce and the Fake or Fortune? team.

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