BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow is back this summer and invites you to share your stories
As you know our very own Will Farmer is about to embark on his 15th year as a specialist with the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow! It will be a very different summer for Will out on the road as the Antiques Roadshow adapts to the new way of working following the Covid-19 pandemic. But Will and the rest of the Antiques Roadshow team would still like to hear from any of you who think you might have a story to share or solve that long standing mystery about an object you’ve bought or inherited.
Below is the official press release from the BBC which explains in more detail how you can get involved! So get snapping and send your story to the BBC and who knows….you might be invited along to become part of this iconic show!
BBC PRESS RELEASE
The iconic roadshow is set to return this summer, presenter Fiona Bruce and our wonderful team of experts can’t wait to discover your forgotten family heirlooms and missing masterpieces.
For the first time in more than four decades, the series will be filmed on a closed set with a small invited audience only, to ensure the safety of guests, production and the wider public.
Viewers are being asked to contact Antiques Roadshow about their objects as soon as possible so the team can start planning these really special shows. Upcoming locations are listed on the website () where viewers can use the ‘Share Your Story’ form to fill out details of their objects.
Presenter Fiona Bruce, who will be filming her 13th series of Antiques Roadshow, said she was delighted to be going back on the road in search of treasures.
"Normally we welcome around 5,000 people to each Antiques Roadshow, but of course in these extraordinary times we will have to do things very differently. We've come up with a new way to safely film the show yet still bring you amazing items and stories. I can't wait to see what treasures you have hidden in your homes.”
First broadcast in 1979 the Roadshow remains one of the most popular factual programmes on BBC One with some six million people regularly watching on Sunday evenings.
The award-winning show has visited hundreds of different venues both in the UK and abroad, but this year the entire series will be filmed with an invited audience only.
Robert Murphy, BBC Studios Series Editor, said: "To keep everybody safe and comply with current government and WHO regulations we have planned our filming days very differently this year. We won't be holding large open events, but we will be inviting people who have written in advance to attend. Our team of experts are looking forward to seeing your heirlooms and finds so do go to our website and let us know about your treasures. We could be inviting you on the show to find out if that mystery object that's been gathering dust all these years is actually worth a fortune!"
Some of the Roadshow's most fascinating finds include a Faberge flower ornament worth £1million, a handwritten document signed by Elizabeth I, a ring containing a lock of author Charlotte Bronte's hair, a wristwatch owned by Lawrence of Arabia, a 17th Century miniature book reviewing Shakespeare's plays and a leather jacket worn by John F Kennedy.
Many objects featured on the Roadshow are found in some extraordinary places. Winston Churchill's hat and letters were discovered in a dump near London, diamond jewellery sewn into a sofa and a vanity set from Donald Trump’s yacht was found in a charity shop
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Posted on 13 July 2020