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.

Bruce and Mould

Fake or Fortune? series returns to screens with Henry Moore, Toulouse-Lautrec and Alberto Giacometti in focus

07 August 2018

The BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?' returns to our screens with the seventh series on Sunday.


Disputed Antiques Roadshow Elgar score could be given to British Library

23 July 2018

A dispute over the ownership of a score by Sir Edward Elgar involving the BBC and the former Conservative MP David Mellor could lead to the manuscript being given to the British Library.

Antiques Roadshow

Calls for Elgar score to be returned after Antiques Roadshow appearance

10 July 2018

The Elgar Foundation is calling for the return of a draft score of the Enigma Variations by Sir Edward Elgar shown on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.

Paul Martin

BBC launches latest daytime antiques programme

29 June 2018

The BBC is to launch a new daytime antiques show with Flog It! presenter Paul Martin fronting the venture.


Dealer and auctioneer arrive to make a 'flipping profit' in new BBC show

30 April 2018

Shown here at Antiques on High in Oxford is Caroline Henney, left, a costume jewellery dealer at this antiques centre, with Caroline Hawley, right, an auctioneer in Beverley, East Yorkshire, who is also a regular on the BBC‘s 'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is' and 'Flog It!'


Diversity push launched as BBC’s Bargain Hunt is given another two years

02 April 2018

The BBC has put the production of antiques game show Bargain Hunt out to tender for a two-year contract, despite speculation that the long-running programme, now in its 50th series, would be axed in a drive to boost the quality of daytime TV output.


ATG letter: Doctor Who script – Who are you kidding?

26 March 2018

MADAM – I did a double – no, triple – take when I read the article ‘First Doctor Who script up at auction’ in ATG No 2332.


Ivory debated on the breakfast sofa

19 March 2018

Leaders of four African countries have called on the UK and the EU to ban the trade in antique ivory to help stop elephant poaching.

ATG letter: TV special should explain ivory in art

19 February 2018

MADAM – With the plethora of antiques-related shows on television, may I suggest that perhaps you could use your influence to have a specialist present a show on the subject of ivory in art.

Joanna Hardy

Joanna Hardy launches her online jewellery course for budding antique jewellery fans - Video

09 February 2018

Jewellery expert, consultant and BBC’s Antiques Roadshow regular Joanna Hardy has launched the first online foundation course in jewellery.

Bruce and Mould

Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould reunited to film latest series of art show Fake or Fortune

06 February 2018

BBC TV presenter Fiona Bruce and art dealer Philip Mould are back together in the Pall Mall gallery to film part of the latest series of Fake or Fortune?

Antiques Roadshow to review approach to ivory

15 January 2018

The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow is reviewing its approach to ivory after campaigners called for a ban of ivory objects on screen.

ATG letter: Demands for Antiques Roadshow ivory crackdown fill me with despair

15 January 2018

MADAM – This week I listened in utter disbelief as actress and wildlife campaigner Virginia McKenna spoke on Radio 4’s Today programme calling for the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow to no longer show any items which contain ivory elements.

Cantonese ivory basket

Ivory ban debated on the BBC’s Today Programme after call for Antiques Roadshow to stop showing items

09 January 2018

The UK government’s consultation on a total ivory ban was discussed on BBC Radio 4's ‘Today Programme’ during a debate on whether the BBC’s 'Antiques Roadshow' should continue to show ivory items.

ATG letter: Antiques Roadshow format – go back to basics

09 October 2017

MADAM – It was interesting to read Bruce Parker’s Antiques Roadshow memories (‘All areas of the trade have done well’ out of Roadshow, says first presenter’, Letters, ATG No 2310).

Grosvenor and Dabiri

Dealer Bendor Grosvenor discovers Rubens' Duke of Buckingham in Glasgow

25 September 2017

Dealer Bendor Grosvenor’s returning series ‘Britain’s Lost Masterpieces’ has discovered a work by Flemish artist Sir Peter Paul Rubens in a National Trust property in Glasgow.


ATG letter: ‘All areas of the trade have done well’ out of the Antiques Roadshow, says first presenter

25 September 2017

MADAM – It has been fascinating reading about the 40th anniversary of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, of which I was the first presenter in 1977.


BBC Antiques Roadshow: 40 years of getting an antiques show on the road

18 September 2017

With the BBC’s hit series now 40 years old, we find out producer Simon Shaw's views on its success ahead of the broadcast of his last Roadshow series.

Gauguin drawing

Gauguin sketch dismissed as a fake is valued at £200,000 after 'Fake or Fortune?' investigation

11 September 2017

The BBC's 'Fake or Fortune?' team uncovered the story behind two pictures possibly by Paul Gauguin during last night’s programme.

Tom Roberts

BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune?’ team discover lost work by Australian artist Tom Roberts

04 September 2017

An early painting by UK-born Australian artist Thomas William Roberts (1856-1931), was authenticated on the BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune?’ after being lost for more than 130 years.