Cumbrian residents had a treat for their ears when larger-than-life actor-come-explorer Brian Blessed appeared on Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, winning the competition with the aid of a bargain Art Deco antique cabinet.
The Cumbrian town of Cockermouth was the starting point for an hour of mayhem when guest stars Brian Blessed and Jenny Éclair took to the road with antiques experts James Braxton and Anita Manning, for episode six of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip. The show, which aired on 16th April but was first shown in November 2011, featured Brian and Jenny attempting to whittle down the prices of antiques at shops in Cockermouth, Penrith and Hawkeshead, before trying to make a profit at an auction in Runcorn, South of Lancashire.
Aside from Brian’s antique cabinet, which the Cumbrian dealer let James have for a knock-down price of £40, the chosen items revolved around porcelain and curios, among them a Davey mining lamp selected by Brian. He surprised viewers by recounting his coalminer father, a hero who was almost killed when he was a boy. Brian confessed he had never spoken about it before, the lamp having released hidden emotions. As Narrator Tim Wonnacott remarked, “Antiques can be incredibly powerful things; portals to many points in history, sometimes our own.” Later, however, Brian was once again in full voice, bellowing from an antique dining table in the Cumbrian hall of Hutton-in-the-Forest that he needed feeding.
Unfortunately, Brian was less vocal when it came to haggling. But as James Braxton proved with the antique cabinet, Cumbrian antique dealers are generally willing to strike a bargain. All it needs is a quiet word.
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