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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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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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ATG letter: The great Gainsborough mystery

05 August 2019

MADAM – The BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?' returned to TV screens last month with a Thomas Gainsborough mystery. I watched with great interest, and a degree of trepidation.

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Lost portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence discovered by dealer Philip Mould in latest episode of Fake or Fortune?

01 August 2019

A lost portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) has been uncovered in the latest episode of the BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune?’.

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Fake or Fortune? art sleuths investigate whether Sir Thomas Lawrence or Maria Cosway painted mystery portrait

01 August 2019

Art programme Fake or Fortune? is returning tonight (August 1) for the second episode of its eighth series with a mystery portrait that art dealer Philip Mould believes could be by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830).

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Fake or Fortune? Gainsborough mystery revealed as Philip Mould’s TV show returns to screens

26 July 2019

Art programme ‘Fake or Fortune?’ returned to TV screens last night for its eighth series with a mystery surrounding a possible Thomas Gainsborough painting.

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Fake or Fortune? returns to TV screens with Gainsborough mystery

25 July 2019

Art programme 'Fake or Fortune?' is returning tonight for its eighth series with the first episode dedicated to a Thomas Gainsborough painting.

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