Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Antiques Roadshow UK.

If you have a passion for antiques or objects in general with a "history", and you subscribe to BBC America, a special treat is aired each afternoon.

Antiques Roadshow is a British television show in which antiques appraisers travel to various regions of the United Kingdom and appraise antiques brought in by local residents. It has been running since 1979.

A collaboration of WGBH's ANTIQUES ROADSHOW and the original BBC series now in its 24th season, Antiques Roadshow UK is packed with flea market finds, heirlooms, and junkyard gems—many with a royal pedigree. Antiques Roadshow UK boasts a lively team of savvy British appraisers and a delightful cross section of local citizenry.

It has traveled the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, from Lochgilphead in the Western Highlands to Selby in Yorkshire, from Caernarfon in Wales to Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, not to mention Birmingham and Blackpool.

Unlike it's US counterpart, the UK team of appraisers, air their program from historic sites scattered all across Britain.
There are special open-air shows from Forde Abbey, Knebworth House, Cliveden and Eastnor Castle, while another program comes from Glamis Castle Castle, childhood home of the Queen Mother.

The royal connection continues with a special Victorian ROADSHOW from the Victoria and Albert Museum to mark the centenary of the death of Queen Victoria.

Series host Michael Aspel (seated) with appraisers (from left) Eric Knowles, Paul Atterbury and Henry Sandon.

If you fancy a little getaway to the Sceptred Isle this is the perfect opportunity.


The Retired One said...

I LOVE that show!!! I watch it all the time on our PBS (public broadcasting station).

Diminishing Lucy said...

I grew up on a diet of crumpets and Antiques Roadshow on Sunday afternoons. The theme music alone makes me feel that all must be well in the world if Antiques Roadshow is on. Luckily for me, despite now liiving in Australia, it is now shown here an early Sunday evening time slot. Bliss.

Unknown said...

I used to sit in front of a roaring fire on a Sunday evening, eat hot crumpets, drink tea and watch with my family - happy days.

Michael said...

I would love to get the BBC but alas I have my memories at least.

Belinda in SC said...

I love the difference in reaction to good news about value between the British and Americans.Brits queitly say" That's lovely" and Americans squeal "OMG ,Are you serious !!!"

DJan said...

This show is on at just the wrong time for me, and plus I am not an antiques person like you. I have watched the show with interest, though I much prefer your blog!

Barbara Anne said...

I'll go check to see when and if the show is aired here. Fingers crossed! The downside is that I'd probably want each and every item and they're not for sale and are from long-past shows and the house is full anyway ....!

Off I go!

Anonymous said...

You're right -- I love the AR-UK, too. I especially like Geoffrey Munn, who sometimes does the jewelry appraisals. The man's descriptions of how the piece has finished up where it is now are nothing short of poetry. He is someone I would definitely enjoy meeting.
Thanks for an interesting post.
Canadian Chickadee

Cass @ That Old House said...

Love the UK original of AR. Wonderful! And the people who bring their family heirlooms for the opinions of the appraisers are better dressed than their American counterparts!