09 Aug 2020
January 4, 2018 - Filed under: Antiques on TV — Harriet

A rat that appeared in Fawlty Towers has been valued at between £2,000 and £3,000 on the BBC TV program Antiques Roadshow.

In an episode of the classic comedy, Basil Fawlty, played by John Cleese, opened a biscuit tin to offer someone a biscuit and revealed the rat sat on the top of the biscuits. There were two puppet rats made for Fawlty Towers – one was kept by Cleese who subsequently lost it and the other was kept by the wife of the puppet maker.

On the special New Year’s Eve edition of the Antiques Roadshow recorded on the set of EastEnders, antique expert Judith Miller admired the puppet, with its drawing pins used to make the puppet slow down or run faster, before valuing the rodent at over £2,000.

This particular episode of the antique valuing programme was part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, and featured film and television memorabilia. Other items on the show were the axe used in the film The Shining and a collection of Harry Potter items valued at over £5,000.

A rat for over £2,000 is not everyone’s idea of an antique to keep in their home; most people in Lancashire would prefer antique desks or antique dining tables . For £2,000 or less, you could buy a top quality Victorian mahogany dining table in a Lancashire antique shop, which many residents would find more appealing than a rat living in their home – even if it is a famous puppet!

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