Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is – a familiar phrase to anyone who has ever haggled over the price of an antique balloon back dining chair in a Lancashire antique shop. But it’s also the name of a popular BBC series which, after a short diversion into cookery program territory is now back in its familiar antiques guise – to the delight of collectors from Cornwall to Cumbria.
Victorian dining chairs – in fact, antiques of any kind – haven’t been a feature of Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is recently, unless you count the celebrity chefs pitting their wits against each other in series 3 and 4.
However, the series – made by independent production company Reef Television – was originally launched (in 2008) as an Antiques Challenge show, with occasional forays into the world of property auctions and refurbishment. Each week a pair of experts would pit their wits against each other in a series of set challenges, the aim being to see who could make the biggest profit from their purchases The series featured some of the biggest names in TV antiques, including Eric Knowles, Paul Hayes, Jonty Hearnden, Kate Bliss and Tim Wonnacott.
The show then switched focus, and in 2009 became a celebrity chef knockout, with ingredients replacing the antique dining tables . Thankfully, it was a short-lived decision, and series 4 saw a return to the original format.
The 5th series of Put Your Money … is currently airing on BBC2/BBC HD, at 17.15 on Tuesdays. Meanwhile if you want to profit from your antique oak partners desk in Preston, local antique dealers will generally offer a fair price.
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