Countdown is on to roadshow visit

Presenter Fiana Bruce
Presenter Fiana Bruce
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FURTHER details have been revealed of the Antiques Roadshow’s upcoming visit to Scarborough in May.

The ever-popular Sunday evening programme will be filming for its 35th series at The Spa on Thursday May 3.

Doors will open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm. Entry to the show is free.

Some of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car boot bargains for inspection by the experts.

People with large pieces of furniture or other big items can send details and photographs of their objects to: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR or email them to: antiques.roadshow@bbc.co.uk

It may be possible to arrange to look at the item in advance and organise transportation to the venue.

The last series, watched by an average of six million viewers, included notable finds such as a painting by Rolf Harris bought for £50 and valued at £50,000, a beer flagon made from Oliver Cromwell’s horse, the medical chest taken on Shackleton’s 1914 expedition to the Antarctic and a toilet roll which was rejected by the Beatles at the Abbey Road Studios.

This will be presenter Fiona Bruce’s fifth year fronting the roadshow.

She said: “Presenting the Antiques Roadshow is, for me, one of those rare and very lucky coincidences in television when you get to work on a show that you already love to watch. Exploring the human story behind every object is what makes Antiques Roadshow so fascinating. And everyone loves the agony and ecstasy of the ‘what’s it worth? moment.

“The Antiques Roadshow isn’t just about antiques - it’s history, beauty and drama all wrapped up in one.”

It will be the first time the programme has been filmed in the town since 2003.

On that occasion more than 1.500 people took their antiques along to have them valued by a team of 20 experts including Hilary Kay, Eric Knowles and Hugo Morley-Fletcher.

Among the finds highlighted on the show were a passport once belonging to the world’s smallest man and examples of some of the finest carved whale teeth valued at £10,000 to £15,000.

Other items examined by the team were a wide selection of paintings, a Disney camera with a Mickey Mouse logo, an antique two seater chair and a doll dating back to the 1770s.

The show began in 1977 when a local television crew filmed a valuation day held by one of the London auction houses in the West Country.

Previous hosts include Michael Aspel, Hugh Scully and Angela Rippon.