Be­hind the scenes: Cel­e­brat­ing An­tiques Road­show’s 40th an­niver­sary

An­tiques Road­show, which is cel­e­brat­ing its 40th an­niver­sary, is back on our TV screens. Here, we go be­hind the scenes of one of the BBC’s best-loved pro­grammes...

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M ark has worked with an­tiques and col­lecta­bles since leav­ing univer­sity. He joined the AR team of ex­perts in 2007 and has many per­sonal high­lights from the show. And the new se­ries is no ex­cep­tion…

‘My favourite find so far has been a Steiff clown [bear], brought in by a lady who bought it in the 1970s. She had no idea it was by Steiff and hadn’t even no­ticed the magic but­ton in the back of the ear. She was ab­so­lutely de­lighted when I told her it could be worth £800-£1,000, es­pe­cially as she’d only spent £6.’

Ev­ery ob­ject is spe­cial in its own right, says, Mark, but there is one item he’d love to see brought in for val­u­a­tion. ‘My dream item would be a Dun­hill Namiki foun­tain pen. They were pro­duced in the 1920s and 1930s and lac­quered with all sorts of crea­tures, like dragons, birds and fish. They’re fan­tas­ti­cally de­tailed and took months to cre­ate. That for me would be an ex­tremely spe­cial ob­ject.’

Re­flect­ing on the show’s en­dur­ing ap­peal, Mark says, ‘It’s eter­nally pop­u­lar be­cause peo­ple love a good story. It starts when you’re young and be­ing lulled to sleep by your par­ents reading a story.

You’re trans­ported to other times and cul­tures – your mind drifts away and is ex­panded. Plus, we’re all a lit­tle bit greedy! So it’s about the money and sto­ries com­bined.’

Be­tween 15-20,000 items are scanned at each show by the ex­perts with 50 filmed for in­clu­sion in the two shows made at each lo­ca­tion.

David Bat­tie is the only ex­pert who’s been on the show since se­ries one.

A chat with ex­pert Mark Hill

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