A new antiques programme called Antiques Road Trip started this week on BBC Two on Monday 8th March at 6.30pm and it kicked off with two real characters from the TV world of antiques. Anita Manning and David Barby, like their sparring partner and presenter Tim Wonnacott, bring a real element of fun into programmes like BBC’s Bargain Hunt and as soon as these characters appear, viewers know that they are in for a real treat.
The format for the new programme placed the two experts this time as contestants travelling from Aberdeen to Yorkshire in a red sports car, with £200 each to spend. They then tried to out profit each other by selling their items at auctions along the way.
Antiques programmes like Bargain Hunt where these two experts appear often, are managing to open up the antiques trade to viewers in many different ways and having a favourite expert is all part of the fun. Both Anita Manning and David Barby have a real charm about them and immediately built up a rapport with the contestants as well as the viewers, and that’s before the magic of the treasure hunt even begins. Couple all of that with the excitement of the auction when contestants’ articles go under the hammer and the BBC have an enduring hit on their hands. Plus, any spin-offs like the Antiques Road Trip seem to automatically have an immediate following so we wait to see what antique furniture or antique collectable items will be discovered along the way.
The British love of antiques seems as unstoppable as ever and programmes like Bargain Hunt added to the large numbers of knowledgeable antique furniture dealers in Lancashire, Cumbria and across the country ensure that the British love affair with antiques is set to continue.
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