Antiques Roadshow is a British television programme broadcast by the BBC in which antiques appraisers travel to various regions of the United Kingdom (and occasionally in other countries) to appraise antiques brought in by local people (generally speaking). It has been running since 1979, based on a 1977 documentary programme.[1]

Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow title logo
Created byBBC Studios
Theme music composer
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series46
No. of episodes866 (list of episodes)
Running time60 minutes
Production companyBBC Studios Factual Entertainment Productions
Original networkBBC One
Original release18 February 1979 (1979-02-18) –

The series has spawned many international versions throughout Europe, North America and other countries with the same TV format. The programme is hosted by Fiona Bruce and it is in its 46th series.[2]

History Edit

Paul Atterbury examines an antique cricket bat

The programme began as a BBC documentary that aired in 1977, about a London auction house doing a tour of the West Country in England. The pilot roadshow was recorded in Hereford on 17 May 1977 and presented by contributor Bruce Parker, a presenter of the news/current affairs programme Nationwide, and antiques expert Arthur Negus, who had previously worked on a similarly themed show, called Going for a Song. The pilot was so successful that it was transmitted and the format has remained almost unchanged ever since, though fewer and fewer antiques are featured in recent series, being replaced with Lego, Barber Dolls, modern ceramics, Star Wars and other film memorabilia. Negus appeared on Antiques Roadshow until 1983. In the original BBC programme, various towns or famous places are advertised as venues. The show has since visited a number of other countries (including Canada in 2001 and Australia in 2005) and has been imitated by other TV production companies around the world.

In the United Kingdom, annual children's Christmas specials aired from 1991 until 2006, under the title Antiques Roadshow: The Next Generation (except for the 1991 edition, which was titled Antiques Roadshow Going Live) and used a specially reworked version of the regular theme music. However, there was no children's special in 2007; instead an edition was devoted to "antiques of the future" dating from the 1950s to the present day. Since then individually themed specials have been aired, though not every year.

A spin-off programme, 20th Century Roadshow, focusing on modern collectibles, aired between April and June 2005. It was hosted by Alan Titchmarsh. Two other spin-off programmes, Antiques Roadshow Gems (1991) and Priceless Antiques Roadshow (2009–10), revisited items from the show's history and provided background information on the making of the show and interviews with the programme's experts.

The most valuable item to ever appear on the show featured on 16 November 2008. This was an original 1990s maquette of the Angel of the North sculpture by Antony Gormley, owned by Gateshead Council, which was valued at £1,000,000 by Philip Mould.[3] Glassware expert Andy McConnell later valued a collection of chandeliers at seven million pounds (their actual insurance value), noting as he did so that this beat Mould's record; however these were fixtures of the building in which the show was being filmed (Bath Assembly Rooms) rather than an item that had been brought in. In reality, the two most expensive objects to be sold as a result of being discovered on the show are the 1932[4] camera found by Marc Allum, which realised over $600,000 (US) in 2013 and the Christofle et Cie Japonisme jardiniere filmed by Eric Knowles, which sold for £668,450 (including buyers premium).

Conversely, many items brought before the experts are without commercial value, if not outright counterfeits. They are seldom shown in the broadcast episodes, to spare embarrassment for the individuals involved,[5] although counterfeit objects are sometimes included, to give experts an opportunity to explain the difference between real and fake items. Value is not the only criterion for inclusion; items with an interesting story attached, or of a provenance relevant to the show's location, will often be featured regardless of value. Items directly related to The Holocaust may have their stories featured, but are not given valuations. An episode commemorating the end of the First World War and featuring personal mementoes, included no valuations. All items are appraised, although most appraisals take place off-camera, with only the most promising items (around 50 on an average day) being filmed, of which about 20 appear in the final programme.[citation needed]

The Artist's Halt in the Desert by Moonlight, watercolour, by Richard Dadd

Some significant items have been acquired by museums after being sold once their owners were appraised of their true value. An example is the watercolour painting The Artist's Halt in the Desert by Richard Dadd, discovered and shown by Peter Nahum in 1986 and purchased the next year by the British Museum[6] for £100,000.[7] Another such item, later dubbed "Ozzy the Owl", is a Staffordshire slipware jug, valued by Henry Sandon on a 1990 show at £20,000 to £30,000,[7] and subsequently acquired by Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.[8]

The original theme music was Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 (for several years in a Moog synthesiser version by Wendy Carlos), but was changed in the early 1990s to an original piece. This theme was written by Paul Reade and Tim Gibson and published by Air Edel.[9]

Format Edit

Visitors (predominantly from the area being visited by the show) bring along their possessions to be evaluated for authenticity and interest (especially related to the venue) and an approximate valuation is given. The production team selects the items whose appraisal is to be televised. Often, the professional evaluators give a rather in-depth historical, craft, or artistic context to the item, adding a very strong cultural element to the show. This increases the show's appeal to people interested in the study of the past or some particular crafts, or certain arts, regardless of the monetary value of the objects.[citation needed] At the core, however, the focus of the production is on the interplay between the owner and the evaluator.

Presenters Edit

Antiques Roadshow has been hosted by:

Programme experts for 2021/2022 Edit

Antiques Roadshow has a team of experts numbering over 60. Many have areas of speciality, some of them are long tenuring experts on the programme.[11]

Arms and militaria Edit

  • Bill Harriman
  • Runjeet Singh
  • Mark Smith
  • Robert Tilney

Books and manuscripts Edit

  • Justin Croft
  • Clive Farahar
  • Matthew Haley
  • Rupert Powell
  • Fuchsia Voremberg

Ceramics and glass Edit

Clocks and watches Edit

  • Alastair Chandler
  • Richard Price
  • Ben Wright

Furniture Edit

Jewellery Edit

  • John Benjamin
  • Kate Flitcroft
  • Joanna Hardy
  • Geoffrey Munn
  • Susan Rumfitt
  • Siobhan Tyrrell

Miscellaneous Edit

Pictures and prints Edit

Silver Edit

Locations Edit

Episodes Edit

Episodes are usually filmed during the spring and summer and aired the following autumn and winter (into the following year). Each location visited is covered by one or two (exceptionally even three) episodes.

International versions Edit

Australia Edit

In 2005, part of the BBC team visited Australia and produced six one-hour episodes in conjunction with The LifeStyle Channel (XYZnetworks). These were titled Antiques Roadshow Australia.[15] A special was also made about the visit to Australia, entitled Antiques Roadshow Australia: Behind the Scenes.

Belgium Edit

In Flanders, VTM has been broadcasting a local version,[16] called Rijker dan je denkt? (Richer than you thought?) since 2012, which is hosted by Staf Coppens.

Canada Edit

Eastward Ho! (1857) by Henry Nelson O'Neil was appraised on Canadian Antiques Roadshow

In Canada, Canadian Antiques Roadshow – a programme based on the British and American versions[17] - debuted in January 2005 on CBC Television and CBC Newsworld. The show has also been aired on CBC Country Canada. It was hosted by Valerie Pringle.

The most expensive item featured was Henry Nelson O'Neil's "Eastward Ho!" oil on canvas. Recommended insurance: CDN$500,000, later sold at Sotheby's in London for £164,800 (about CDN$300,000 at the 2008 exchange rate).

Finland Edit

The Finnish version, known as Antiikkia, antiikkia,[18] (Antiques, antiques), has been running on YLE TV1 since 1997.

Germany Edit

In Germany, various versions are broadcast regularly on the public regional channels of the ARD, the oldest being the BR production Kunst und Krempel (Art and Junk), airing since 1985. Other versions include Lieb & teuer (Near & dear), shown on NDR, Kitsch oder Kunst? (Kitsch or Art?), shown on HR, and Echt Antik?! (Genuinely antique?!), shown on SWR.

Netherlands Edit

The show Tussen Kunst & Kitsch (Between Art & Kitsch) has been running in the Netherlands since 1984.[19] First shown on AVRO, the programme is usually set in a museum somewhere in the Netherlands, sometimes in Belgium and Germany. Due to its popularity, special episodes have been made in which the experts take the viewers on "cultural art excursions" to places of great importance in the history of art.

In 2011, a painting of Joost van Geel with the title Het Kantwerkstertje (The Little Lacemaker) was discovered with an estimated value of 250,000 euros, the highest-appraised item on the show.[20] The programme has been presented by Cees van Drongelen (1984-2002), Nelleke van der Krogt (2002-2015), and Frits Sissing (2015-), and it celebrated its 30th series in 2014.

Sweden Edit

The Swedish version started out as a co-production between SVT Malmö and the BBC, whose Antiques Roadshow visited Scandinavia for two programmes.[21] Antikrundan (Antiques Round), its Swedish version, premiered in August 1989 on TV2, and SVT has produced a new season every year since.

As of 2019, 30 seasons have been shown and most of the experts have been with the programme since its start. Jesper Aspegren was the original host. He left in 2000, and from the 2001 season onwards, Antikrundan has been hosted by Anne Lundberg.

The BBC original is also run on Swedish television, under the name Engelska Antikrundan ("English [sic] Antiques Round").

United States Edit

American public broadcaster PBS created a show in 1997 inspired by the Antiques Roadshow.[22] The American version of Antiques Roadshow is produced by WGBH, a PBS member station in Boston, Massachusetts. Mark Walberg is host and Marsha Bemko is executive producer.

PBS also airs the original BBC programme, though it is called Antiques Roadshow UK to differentiate it from the PBS version. Values of items in United States dollars are often superimposed over the pound sterling values given in the original broadcast.

Related shows Edit

Specials Edit

Overseas specials Edit

Hugh Scully hosted a Beaulieu based show on 3 January 1993,[23] a Jamaican based show on 14 February 1993,[24] a Cork based show on 13 February 1994[25] and a Brussels based show on 16 April 1995,[26] all on the BBC.

Antiques Roadshow Detectives Edit

Fiona Bruce together with individual Antiques Roadshow appraisers investigate the history of significant items, uncovering the stories that form the history of family heirlooms and finding out about their origin and authenticity.[27]

Broadcasts Edit

This one-season programme was broadcast in 2015 and comprises 15 episodes.[28]

In Sweden it was shown on SVT in Autumn 2018 under the name of Engelska Antikrundan: Arvegodsens hemligheter ("English Round of Antiques: The Secrets of the Heirlooms").[citation needed]

Reception Edit

Ellen E Jones of The Independent called the first episode, about a Cromwellian escutcheon, "a welcome addition to the schedules".[29]

Literature Edit

Magazines Edit

The BBC published a monthly Homes & Antiques magazine until 2011, which offered behind-the-scenes insights into Antiques Roadshow, as well as offering tips and advice on buying and evaluating antiques.[30] This magazine still exists, now published by Immediate since 2015.[31]

There is also a spin-off magazine of the American version of the show called Antiques Roadshow Insider, which gives fans an inside look at the show as well as offering special features about antiques and collectibles from the programme itself.

Further reading Edit

  • Roadshow experts (2000). Lars Tharp (ed.). BBC Antiques Roadshow: A-Z of 20th Century Antiques. Michael Aspel (foreword). Boxtree Ltd. p. 252. ISBN 0-7522-1790-9.
  • Hugh Scully; Fiona Malcolm; Paul Atterbury (1998). Antiques Roadshow: A Celebration of the First 21 Years. Mitchell Beazley. p. 152. ISBN 1-84000-072-4.
  • Antiques Roadshow: Experts on Objects. Edited by Christopher Lewis. Authors include Eric Knowles, David Battie, John Bly and Anthony J Lester. BBC Books, 1987. p. 192. ISBN 0-5632-0628-4.

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "BBC - Cult - Classic TV - BBC - Title Sequences - The Antiques Roadshow". BBC.
  2. ^ "Antiques Roadshow - The team - BBC One". BBC.
  3. ^ "Antiques Roadshow's Highest Valuation Ever", though in 2020 in Bristol a collection of Pendelfin Rabbits was priced upwards of eighteen pounds fifty, making it the programme’s second highest valuation to date. BBC Channel on YouTube. Retrieved 25 August 2009
  4. ^ "Bonhams: An extraordinarily rare Leica Luxus II, 1932". Bonhams. 31 October 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Antiques Roadshow: Collector left embarrassed after told his expensive 'antique' came from Tesco". Daily Mirror. 25 August 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Artist's Halt in the Desert by Moonlight by RICHARD DADD". Peter Nahum At The Leicester Galleries. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  7. ^ a b Singh, Anita (14 October 2008). "Antiques Roadshow memorable moments". The Telegraph. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Museum Treasures: Ozzy the Owl". The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  9. ^ Frequently Asked Questions at Archived 25 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Bruce to host Antiques Roadshow". BBC News. 22 June 2007. Archived from the original on 26 June 2007. Retrieved 22 June 2007.
  11. ^ "The team".
  12. ^ Watson, Fay (30 December 2020). "David Battie Antiques Roadshow: Why has David Battie quit?". Daily and Sunday Express. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  13. ^ "Antiques Roadshow expert Paul Atterbury on Augustus Pugin Antiques expert Paul Atterbury shares his love of the gothic revival work of Augustus Pugin". Homes and Antiques. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  14. ^ "Emotions run high on Antiques Roadshow as expert Fergus Gambon uncovers rare dolls worth £200,000". Metro. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  15. ^ Antiques Roadshow Australia
  16. ^ (in Dutch) Rijker dan je denkt infotainment VTM 2015
  17. ^ Canadian Antiques Roadshow
  18. ^ (in Finnish) Antiikkia, antiikkia
  19. ^ (in Dutch) Official website Archived 11 November 2017 at the Wayback Machine, AVROTROS
  20. ^ "Duurste vondst ooit bij Kunst en Kitsch: kwart miljoen". Algemeen Dagblad (in Dutch). 8 February 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  21. ^ Antiques Road Trip Why it's a vintage period for antiques on television
  23. ^ "Antiques Roadshow (UK): Beaulieu".
  24. ^ "Antiques Roadshow (UK): Jamaica".
  25. ^ "Antiques Roadshow (UK): Cork".
  26. ^ "Antiques Roadshow (UK): Brussels".
  27. ^ "On TV, March 12–18: including Antiques Roadshow Detectives and Black Work - The Listener". Noted. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  28. ^ "BBC Two - Antiques Roadshow Detectives". BBC. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  29. ^ "Antiques Roadshow Detectives, BBC2 - TV review". The Independent. Archived from the original on 7 May 2022. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  30. ^ "BBC - Press Office - Homes & Antiques magazine creates 1950s living room for Festival of Britain anniversary celebrations". Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  31. ^ "Immediate - Homes & Antiques Magazine relaunches with exiting new look in its May issue, on sale 2nd April 2015". Retrieved 22 March 2018.

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