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.


Philip Mould

Fake or Fortune? presenters ‘in dispute’ over new BBC show

06 December 2016

A media report of a spat between two of television’s best known art detectives – dealers Philip Mould and Bendor Grosvenor – has not been denied by the dealers when contacted by ATG.

Graham Lay

Tributes pour in for Antiques Roadshow militaria expert Graham Lay

30 November 2016

Antiques Roadshow expert and militaria specialist Graham Lay has passed away. A well-known personality on the show for more than 25 years, his death was announced by the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.

Jussi Pylkkanen

BBC goes behind the scenes at Christie’s

16 November 2016

Auction house Christie’s will take centre stage in a new BBC documentary this weekend. The company, which celebrates its 250th anniversary this year, is the subject of a two-part look behind the scenes at some of its biggest auctions.

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Freya Mitton holds Modern British art exhibition in pop-exhibition restaurant of former Masterchef contestant

09 November 2016

Twentieth-century British art dealer Freya Mitton is staging an exhibition within the pop-up restaurant run by Andrew Kojima of Masterchef fame.

Candice Brown

Cake and antiques: Great British Bake Off winner cooks up idea for new shop

28 October 2016

Candice Brown, the winner of this year’s Great British Bake Off, has revealed her love of antiques and hopes to open a vintage shop.

BBC investigates the ivory trade in Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall documentary

24 October 2016

A BBC One documentary by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall called 'Saving Africa’s Elephants: Hugh and the Ivory War' will be aired tonight at 9pm.

ATG quotes of the week

They said what?! The week (10-16 Oct) in quotes from the art and antiques world

16 October 2016

In a new weekend series, Antiques Trade Gazette brings you a selection of quotes from dealers, auctioneers, collectors and others – from the future gazing to recalling past mistakes. For instance, which world famous art dealer sold a signed John Lennon album for a song?

Dr Bendor Grosvenor and Jacky Klein

New BBC art show uncovers Flemish masterpiece in Swansea storeroom

28 September 2016

Dealer and art historian Dr Bendor Grosvenor is fronting a new series called ‘Britain’s Lost Masterpieces’ on BBC Four.

Rupert Maas on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow

‘Lost’ Victorian portrait ‘best ever seen’ on BBC's Antiques Roadshow

26 September 2016

A previously unknown Victorian work of art has been deemed the best and most valuable picture ever seen on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.

Hugh Scully and the early Information Superhighway

15 October 2015

With the death of ex-Antiques Roadshow presenter Hugh Scully at the age of 72, former Antiques Trade Gazette editor Ivan Macquisten looks back at what happened when he launched an online valuations business with the internet still in its infancy.

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Bonhams: airing on a TV screen near you

08 October 2015

Bonhams have launched a new brand campaign centred on TV advertising. It is the first time that a major international auction house has advertised on TV.

Antiques Roadshow reins in ivory coverage

16 July 2014

The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow will show fewer ivory objects in future programmes, but has stopped short of banning the valuation of antique ivory on screen.

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Roadshow discovery heads to Christie’s

02 June 2014

This portrait by Sir Anthony van Dyck, a spectacular discovery for the BBC’s ‘Antiques Roadshow’, will carry an estimate of £300,000-500,000 at Christie’s Old Master sale on July 8.

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Faithful fans rally to Sister Wendy

20 May 2013

The name of 83-year-old Sister Wendy Beckett, reclusive nun and famous TV art critic, doesn’t always meet a raptuorous response in the art world, but there is no doubt that the public at large love her.

Cork Street on TV

26 November 2012

Two television programmes are in the pipeline to raise awareness of the ‘Save Cork Street’ campaign, as the Mayfair street’s art galleries continue their fight against redevelopment plans.

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An Aboriginal star of sale and screen

24 August 2012

The multitude of television shows devoted to antiques are rarely popular with the antiques trade as a whole – in a well-worn argument some credit them with the disintegration of the dealing community itself – but auctioneers are ready participants both for the publicity and the prospect of a decent consignment.

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Second Burges brooch makes appearance

14 June 2012

Antiques Roadshow and Midlands auction house Gildings have conspired again to find a second William Burges brooch.

Concerns mount over Cameo

16 April 2012

The subject of a recent BBC documentary regarding county court judgments, the Midgham firm of fine art auctioneers and valuers are also the subject of non-payment claims and other complaints.

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Gildings to offer Munn’s Roadshow dream object

18 July 2011

When Leicestershire retiree Jill Cousins tuned in to watch a March episode of the Antiques Roadshow, she took rather more notice than usual in the slot called Most Seen and Most Wanted.

Producers defend approach of TV's Antiques Road Trip

10 May 2011

Makers do not manipulate deals, show’s boss tells ATG. The makers of the BBC television show The Antiques Road Trip have written to ATG defending the format of the programme.

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