John Challis and Sue Holderness – otherwise known as Boycie and Marlene from Only Fools and Horses – will be kicking off the latest series of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip on 12th November.
An STV production, CART premiered in October 2011 with an all-star cast that included Terry Wogan, Brian Blessed and Britt Eckland. An instant hit, the BBC hastily commissioned a second series, which began filming early in 2012. Each week, a pair of celebrities – accompanied by regular Antiques Road Trip experts – drive across country in search of antique dining chairs and other collectibles which they can make a profit on at auction, with the team making the biggest profit deemed the winners. The real winners, of course, are the charities they support.
Series two of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip began in September 2012, with 10 episodes shown over two weeks. Episodes 11 to 20 will follow the same format, airing at the peak viewing time of 7pm from Monday to Friday. The series ties in with the Children In Need appeal, which will benefit from any profits the teams make.
While it’s fun watching Sue Holderness and John Challis haggling over the antique desks, Ribble Valley viewers should realise that what is seen on screen is a fiercely edited version of true events, and the celebrities can take hours poring over the open bookcases and antique chests.
In Lancashire, a good antique dealer will always encourage customers to take their time over purchases – whether it’s an antique mahogany partners desk or something smaller.
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