RM SOTHEBY’S GETS PRIMETIME TV SLOT
Presenter Ant Anstead to host new Channel 4 show
Anew TV series about the world of high-end auctions will be screened next year. Ant Anstead, of For The Love of Cars fame, will host Million
Dollar Car Hunters – which follows auction house RM Sotheby’s on a world tour, interviewing owners, consigning cars, and offering up insights into the auction domain.
The show will have 10 one-hour episodes on Channel 4. It was commissioned by BBC Worldwide, but Channel 4 has rights to air it in the UK. Globally though, it may still appear on BBC channels.
‘It’s likely to be ready in about April and it’s penned in for primetime watching on Sunday, probably around 8pm,’ says Anstead. ‘My favourite place we filmed was Pebble Beach for the Monterey Speed week. When you get there you realise it’s a completely different world. I was really lucky to experience that.’
RM Sotheby’s Peter Haynes says the concept started with a conversation at Villa D’Este. ‘It was said to me that everything at the auction would make such a great TV show…and it basically went from there,’ he says. ‘Some months later a production company went to the BBC and it was commissioned.’
Each episode focuses on consigned cars at RM Sotheby’s auctions.
‘ We talk to owners, bidders, and auctioneers. It’s a proper fly on the wall programme,’ Haynes adds. ‘It’s not all about expensive cars either. They range from Fiats to Ferraris. Part of the reason behind that is to keep interest broad – we didn’t’ want to alienate thousands of viewers.’
Although producers are so far remaining tight-lipped on exactly what metal we can expect to see in the show, Haynes did reveal one car that will star.
He says: ‘I took a Ferrari 268SP racer we were selling to Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire. We hired the circuit to do a photoshoot, and the BBC came with us.’
The team at RM Sotheby’s with (inset) Ant Anstead, who will front the new show.
A Jaguar D-type in a barn? This could be a strong content clue for one of the shows.