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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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.


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.


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.

A decent antiques TV programme... at last

29 November 2010

AFTER years of TV programmes that have approached antiques using the controversial gameshow format, we finally have a proper champion in the shape of Kirstie Allsopp – and it’s not even an antiques show.

Dragons back online valuer

06 September 2010

LAST week's BBC Two programme, Dragons' Den saw two of the investors stake £100,000 in return for a 40 per cent share of the online valuation business

Too much ‘collectables hunting’ on BBC says Trust

26 July 2010

THE plethora of BBC daytime television shows based around antiques and collectables has drawn criticism from the corporation’s governing body.

Are you an antiques mastermind or budding author?

15 March 2010

BBC Two are seeking contestants for Antiques Master, a new primetime antiques show which aims to find the most knowledgeable amateur antiques expert in the UK.

New TV show to bolster antiques

08 March 2010

A FORTHCOMING BBC series aims to highlight the attractions of scouring auction rooms and antique shops.

IACF book TV adverts

21 August 2009

THE new owners of the Newark International Antiques and Collectors' Fair, International Antiques & Collectors' Fairs Ltd (IACF), have booked a series of TV adverts to promote the forthcoming fair.


Fairytale ending for Wedgwood vase as it sells for £14,400 in Cheshire

23 March 2009

When an impressive Wedgwood Fairyland lustre vase featured on the latest edition of The Antiques Roadshow, valuer Stephen Moore (of Anderson & Garland, Newcastle) wanted to suggest it could bring £10,000-15,000.

Good start for Fiona Bruce

15 September 2008

FIONA Bruce's debut as presenter of the BBC's Antiques Roadshow on Sunday, September 7 saw an average of 6.1m viewers across the 8pm hour-long shot.

TV crew to Take Five

24 October 2006

DISCOVERY Real Time are filming at Take Five’s Art Nouveau/Deco Fair at Woking on Sunday, October 29 for their 10-part Real Deal series which focuses on two dealers selling their pieces.

Quality overrides damage limitations of bids: But will intrusive TV cameras give vendors the wrong ideas?

28 April 2004

FOUR house clearances of properties each valued at over £1m meant some long and frantic hours of valuing and cataloguing for Wellers (15% buyer's premium)auctioneer Tim Duggan – three heavy weeks rewarded when the March 13 sale day was one of the best ever at the Surrey rooms with 95 per cent of the 1200 lots getting away notching up a total of well over £100,000.

Antiques Roadshow at Chilworth Manor

09 May 2003

ON Sunday, 18th May 2003, antiques enthusiasts can have their objects of virtue, jewellery and paintings appraised at Chilworth Manor, Chilworth, from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Bar-gain Hunt as fairs say no

17 February 2003

FOLLOWING last week’s Dealers’ Diary report that Bargain Hunt was banned from the Great Northern Antiques and Collectors’ Fair, another organiser says the TV show is not welcome at his event.

Downright downmarket

07 November 2002

David Dickinson Cheap as Chips: the Duke’s Priceless Guide to the World of Antiques video, available from November 18. £14.99; DVD version £17.99. Running time 51 mins. Momentum Pictures.