TV shows

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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Antiques Roadshow values Dam Busters blueprints – six items relating to the famous raid sold at auction

19 May 2019

Among the items that viewers of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow will see valued on this weekend’s programme are the original blueprints for the bouncing bomb depicted in the film ‘The Dam Busters’.

Paul Martin

Former Flog It! presenter Paul Martin to launch new show 'Curiosity' next month

22 March 2019

TV presenter Paul Martin is about to launch his new show ‘Curiosity’ as he juggles recruiting for his other show ‘Make Me A Dealer’ and running his new gallery in Wiltshire.

Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce

Fake or Fortune? to return to TV screens this year for eighth series with art sleuths Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce

21 March 2019

Filming is underway for the latest episodes of the BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?' which is scheduled to return to TV screens later this year.

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Famous ‘Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies’ painting from 1980s comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo ‘returns’ to France

20 March 2019

The successful buyer at auction of the ‘Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies’ - the prop that was a running joke in the 1980s sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo - has taken the painting to his home in France.

Rupert Maas and Fiona Bruce on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow

Antiques Roadshow locations and dates released for summer 2019

10 March 2019

The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow has released the dates and locations for the recording of its programmes in the summer of 2019.


ATG letters: Forget TV shows and focus on ‘more relevant’ debates like condition report charges

21 December 2018

MADAM – Have we lost the plot? Recently the ATG letters page has been taken over by debating whether one television show about antiques is better than the others available.


Make Me A Dealer voiceover to change

10 December 2018

The BBC appears to have listened to the negative reaction from viewers and ATG readers to the voiceover on Paul Martin’s TV show 'Make Me A Dealer'.

Paul Martin

Antiques dealer and TV presenter Paul Martin to open new gallery in Wiltshire

05 December 2018

Former Flog It! TV presenter Paul Martin is to open a new art and antiques gallery in the historic Cotswold market town of Corsham in February.

ATG letters: Viewers voice more opinions on 'Make me a Dealer'

03 December 2018

MADAM – We have been watching 'Make me a Dealer' since it started (ATG Letters passim).

‘Allo ‘Allo’s 'Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies'

‘Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies’ from ‘Allo ‘Allo set for the big reveal at Bristol auction

30 November 2018

One of the UK’s most famous ‘Old Master’ paintings will be offered at auction tomorrow. Estimated at £5000-10,000, the Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies from the sitcom Allo ‘Allo is to is appearing at East Bristol Auctions.

Make Me A Dealer called to account

26 November 2018

MADAM – On the recommendation of a friend I watched a few of the new Make Me a Dealer programmes presented by Paul Martin (ATGs passim).

Paul Martin

'Flog It!' presenter and dealer Paul Martin publishes buying guide and memoir ‘My World of Antiques’

23 November 2018

Antiques dealer and TV presenter Paul Martin took a break from his busy television filming schedule to host a book launch for his memoir of the last 17 years on BBC’s 'Flog It!', the daytime antiques show that was axed last month.

ATG letter: Take it from me, there is no fakery or fixing on Make Me A Dealer

19 November 2018

MADAM – The trade’s reaction to the Make Me A Dealer TV show (letters in ATG No 2368) have not been especially kind to the show.

Tim Wonnacott

Former Bargain Hunt presenter Tim Wonnacott to auction his own personal collection

13 November 2018

Tim Wonnacott is to auction his collection of more than 250 items at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet next month.


New daytime TV show ‘no substitute’ for Flog It!

12 November 2018

The art and antiques trade have a love-hate relationship with television shows depicting their career choice.

Paul Martin

Flog It! cancelled: Will the daytime antiques TV show be sadly missed or was it an idea flogged to death?

08 October 2018

The BBC’s decision to end the long-running Flog It! show after 17 years has been greeted with sadness by those involved and many viewers.

Pilkington's Lancastrian lustre ware Kirkton House

Adding lustre to Pilkington's Lancastrian collection at auction

04 October 2018

The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow spotlight fell upon the Pilkington's Lancastrian factory this week - just days before an important private collection of these Salford-made lustre wares is offered for sale at auction in Scotland.

Paul Martin

BBC's decision to axe Flog It! after 17 years is "disappointing," presenters say

03 October 2018

The long-running and successful antiques programme Flog It! has been axed as part of the BBC’s 'modernisation' of its daytime schedule, a decision presenters have described as "very sad news" and "disappointing for viewers".

Dudley Sutton

Tributes paid to actor Dudley Sutton - Lovejoy’s ‘Tinker’

17 September 2018

Actor Dudley Sutton, whose acting career on stage and screen spanned more than 60 years, has died aged 85.


Hosts of BBC’s Fake or Fortune? left ‘genuinely shocked’ as supposed William Nicholson painting is dismissed by expert

13 August 2018

Art dealer Philip Mould and journalist Fiona Bruce of BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune?’ returned to screens last night, arguing that a still-life painting was the work of Modern British artist William Nicholson (1872-1949).